Business on Harlem Avenue robbed

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are searching for a man they say robbed a business, suggesting that he was armed, in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue at about 3:45 p.m. on March 10.

Police report that the man entered For Eyes, 409 N. Harlem Ave., and was seen concealing a pair of Gucci eyeglasses in his pocket.

Employees confronted the man who put his hand in his pocket and implied he had a weapon. He also made verbal threats against the employees, according to a police summary report.

He fled on foot toward North Boulevard. The estimated loss is $400.

The man was described as black, between the ages of 30 and 40, wearing a red headband, red jacket, black sweatpants with white stripes on the bottom, red gym shoes and carrying a large, white Macy's bag.


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Someone stole an Oak Park resident's parking pass from the victim's green 2003 Hyundai Accent while the vehicle was parked in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue. 

The incident took place at 4:34 p.m. on March 17. The estimated loss is $130.


Armed robbery

A Chicago resident was robbed at gunpoint in 6000 block of North Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. on March 16. A man approached the victim and displayed a small black handgun and demanded money. The victim handed over a deposit bag and the offender fled on foot from North Avenue onto North McVicker Avenue. The estimated loss is $3,800. 

Kadrion Gipson, 21, of the 1600 block of South Harlem, Berwyn, was arrested for an armed robbery that took place in the 500 block of North Harvey on March 10 at 9:05 p.m. He was taken into custody in Chicago in the 5900 block of West Walton. 



A silver 2000 Honda Civic was stolen by unknown means from the 500 block of Scoville Avenue (the report did not specify whether north or south), sometime between 11 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. on March 15. The estimated loss is $5,000.

A black Lincoln Navigator Extended Reserve valued at $91,000 that was left running and unattended was stolen from the 700 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 8:35 p.m. on March 15. It was recovered by Chicago police in the 4000 block of West Adams Street at 7:51 p.m. No apprehensions were made.

Someone used a key to steal a gray 2013 Toyota Camry XLE from the 1000 block of South Humphrey Avenue, sometime between 11 p.m. on March 15 and 11:58 a.m. on March 16. The estimated loss is $19,000. The police summary report listed the incident as a burglary.

Someone possibly used a key to steal a silver 2019 Kia Forte from the 400 block of Madison Street, sometime between 3 p.m. on March 15 and 9 a.m. on March 16. The estimated loss is $25,000. The vehicle was recovered by Chicago police at 1:23 a.m. on March 18 in the 2600 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. No apprehensions were made.



A residence was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Humphrey, sometime between 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on March 14. The offender pried open the rear door, entered the home and stole jewelry, a PlayStation 4 and a spare key fob to the victim's 2013 Toyota Camry. The estimated loss is $2,200.

A residence was burglarized in the 300 block of North Humphrey at 1:51 a.m. on March 15. The offender entered through an unlocked door, took two sets of car keys and used one to take a black Ford Explorer. The vehicle was recovered by Chicago police in the 5600 block of South Homan Avenue.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, March 8-18, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger


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