Oak Park and River Forest police reports Feb. 23-March 5

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Dunkin' Donuts store robbed at gunpoint

Dunkin' Donuts, 217 W. Madison St., was robbed at gunpoint at 9:45 p.m. on March 4. The offender was described as a black male, 5-foot-5, with a thin build and wearing a black ski mask, a black jogging suit, black gloves and black tennis shoes. 

The man entered the business and told one of the workers to "empty the register." The employee handed over $302 from the cash register. The offender then displayed a black handgun hidden in his waistband and stole $17 from the first employee and $42 from the second.

The incident turned out to be the first of two such robberies on Madison Street last week.

On March 5, Forest Park police reported that a man wearing a ski mask and black hoodie entered the Dunkin' Donuts at 7660 Madison St., showed an employee a black pistol in his waistband and demanded money from the cash registers.

The offender made off with cash and an employee's personal belongings before fleeing eastbound on Madison Street.

 Hit-and-run arrest

A 30-year-old Chicago man was arrested for a hit-and-run that occurred in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue at 4:13 p.m. on March 2. The offender was identified by a witness as the driver of the vehicle that struck and injured a pedestrian at the corner of Austin and Lake. 

He was taken into custody and charged with failure to give information and render aid along with driving with a revoked license. Police released no information about the injuries sustained by the pedestrian.

 Disorderly conduct

A 14-year-old female reported that a white male wearing a baseball cap said, "Hey, little girl," as he drove past her in a red pickup truck on March 2, at 3:37 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Lombard Avenue.

 Theft of motor vehicle

A 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van was stolen from the 1100 block of South Boulevard on March 3 at about 10:45 a.m. The thief entered the vehicle through an unlocked door and stole the car using keys left in the ignition. The loss was estimated at $6,500.

A black 2011 Buick Lacrosse was stolen in the 6000 block of North Avenue on March 2, between 8 and 9:15 p.m. The victim was a Chicago resident. The loss was an estimated $18,000.

Attempted burglary

A pry tool was used on the front door and door frame of a residence in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between noon on March 3 and 3:10 on March 4. The damage done to the door was estimated at $300.

No entry was gained to the residence.


Ten inches of copper downspout with heating cables was stolen from a property in the 200 block of Forest Avenue on March 5, between 4 and 6:35 p.m. The loss was an estimated $1,000.

 Theft from motor vehicle

The blue vehicle skirt was stolen from the passenger side of a 2006 Toyota Corolla in the 1100 block of Ontario Street sometime between 9 a.m. on March 1 and 7 p.m. on March 5. The loss was an estimated $165.

 Residential burglary

A residence in the 800 block of Wenonah Avenue was burglarized sometime between 10 a.m. on Feb. 23 and 11:35 p.m. on March 2. The offenders entered the residence by breaking the rear pantry window. They then stole a television. The loss was an estimated $500.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 23-March 5, 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

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 10th, 2016 7:09 AM

Interesting wordage on the Oak Park armed robbery at Dunkin Donuts. The store was victim to an armed robbery, with a displayed handgun yet the two employees were stolen from with a displayed handgun. As to the count, will this be counted as one armed robbery with three victims, or three armed robberies, with three separate victims. If this is counted as one armed robbery with three victims, offenses have been cut by 66%. A classic case of the OP police dept. using the creative magic pencil to cut offense stats. The OPPD pump is used to pump up stats when someone is in custody, the OPPD pin is used to deflate stats when no one is in custody, and the plywood is used to hide offenses never to be heard from again.

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