Oak Park and River Forest police reports-April 22-27

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Altercation rumbles off into Columbus Park

Witnesses called police to report a midnight fight of roughly 20 young males in the parking lot of the Shell gas station, 1 Harrison St., on April 25. One man was observed throwing a garbage can. Police were called, but when they arrived, the station attendant told them the group had dispersed into Columbus Park across Austin Boulevard in Chicago.  

Car crimes

Oak Park police observed an 18-year-old man acting suspiciously around a green Dodge Caravan, parked in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue about 11:50 p.m., April 25. A check of the van's registration revealed it had been reported stolen in Chicago earlier in the day. The officer curbed the car when the man entered and began to drive away. The Chicago man was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and obstruction of identification. 

Someone drove away in a 1995 Ford Escort removed from the driveway of a house in the 600 block of North Cuyler Avenue, overnight April 22-23. Estimated loss was $1,000.

A 2004 Honda Pilot, reported stolen from Oak Park on April 10, turned up in Evanston in the 1800 block of Hogland Court, April 24. Evanston police made no arrests.

A white Mercedes C30 with dealer plates, reported stolen from Palos Heights on April 24, turned up in Oak Park in the 900 block of South Boulevard the next day. Oak Park police notified the owner. No arrests were made.

The victim of an auto burglary observed two women in his unlocked car parked in the 1100 block of South Wesley Avenue around 3:30 p.m., April 21. The victim confronted the sisters, age 22 and 20, from the 900 block of North Karlov Avenue in Chicago. They exited his car and jumped into a silver vehicle. The victim gave chase in his car while calling police. The women exited their car in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue and tried to flee on foot. They were apprehended by police and charged with burglary to auto.

A Chevy Express 2500 van was burglarized around 11 a.m., April 21. Someone broke the rear driver's-side door lock. Removed were $4,700 worth of tools, including a red Rothenberger threading machine, a gray Bosch hammer drill, a Milwaukee right angle drill, a black Makita hand drill, a gray Milwaukee Sawzall, a gray Bosch bulldog drill, and a blue Makita circular saw. 

Someone lifted an unsecured truck box from a flatbed tow truck parked in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue, the evening of April 22. Inside were miscellaneous hand and air tools. Estimated loss was $604.

Residential burglary

Someone tried to enter a residence in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street around 8:40 a.m., April 21, by trying to kick in the front door. The attempt was unsuccessful but caused $400 worth of damage.

A male around 50 and a woman around 20 were observed in the 200 block of South Marion Street, the afternoon of April 22, using a pry tool to defeat a lock on the interior door of a building. Once inside, they removed a blue mountain bike. Estimated loss was $100.

Someone entered and ransacked a house in the 1000 block of Lyman Avenue during the day, April 22, and removed an Apple Macbook Pro, two Playstation game consoles and a controller, two pairs of gym shoes, $50 cash and a duffle bag. Estimated loss was $1,655. 

Someone broke a window pane on the rear door of a residence in the 1000 block of Ontario during the day, April 23, then reached inside and unlocked the door to gain entry, police said. Once inside, offenders removed a blue case containing a silver Sony PSC-H90 digital camera, a black 15-inch Dell laptop computer, a Chase checkbook, a clock radio, and another digital camera. Estimated loss was $1,260. 

An apartment in the 200 block of Washington was burglarized, April 25, when someone removed a window screen and pushed open an unlocked window. Victims found the unit ransacked. Missing was a black Sony laptop, a brown HP laptop, a Playstation 3, a white Apple television, and an iPad. Estimated total loss was $2,300. 


A brown leather wallet was lifted from an unattended purse in a grocery cart at Trader Joe's in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue around noon, April19. Identification and $150 cash were missing. 

A Nokia cellphone was removed from the common area of an apartment building in the 400 block of South Lombard, the morning of April 23. Estimated loss was $657.

An unattended blue rolling cooler containing six pharmaceutical pens was removed from the 700 block of South Maple Avenue around 2 p.m., April 22. Estimated loss was $550. 

Aluminum lawn furniture was removed from the rear yard of a building in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard sometime between April 21 and 23. Estimated loss was $600.

Someone removed a FedEx package from the porch of a residence in the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue, overnight April 23-24. The package contained one pound of Advocare Energy Powder. Estimated loss was $50.

A stainless steel Kenmore 4-burner gas grill with two propane tanks was removed from a rear yard in the 1150 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, overnight April 25-26. Loss was estimated at $560.  

An iPad belonging to a gun safety group, visiting from Iowa, was lifted from the 1100 block of Pleasant Street around lunchtime, April 26. Loss was estimated at $650.

A Nokia cellphone disappeared from a business in the 800 block of Lake Street around dinner time, April 23. Loss was estimated at $85.

Police arrested a 22-year-old Oak Park resident at his home in the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue and charged him with a theft that occurred Jan. 3 in the 900 block of Linden Avenue.  

Garage burglary roundup

Unlocked garages were burglarized in the 800 block of Highland Avenue, overnight April 18-19, and in the 1000 block of Wisconsin, overnight April 25-26.

A locked garage was entered by prying open the side service door in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between April 16 and 21. Removed were a Red Giant bicycle, a Makita hammer drill, a rigid miter saw and a Dewalt power drill. Estimated loss was $2,050. 

Six bottles of wine were removed from a garage in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue, overnight April 21-22. 

Bike theft roundup

Locked bikes were removed from the 800 block of Lake Street around lunchtime, April 21; from the 900 block of South East Avenue, April 18-19; and from the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue during the day, April 22. Someone took the seat, seat post and fender from a Trek bike locked in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, April 17. A locked bike was removed from the 400 block of Lake Street during the day, April 25. An unlocked bicycle was removed from the 800 block of Carpenter, overnight April 23-24. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 22-27 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.

CONTACT:  jean@forestparkreview.com

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Re Missing report from oak park from Oak Park  

Posted: May 9th, 2014 9:01 AM

Yes! I was at Irving school the white van drove east on Harvard St almost crash by running the red light on Ridgeland Ave.

Colt 40oz  

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 1:59 PM

Missing, there are always missing reports. A lot of the crimes don't even make it onto the police blotter. If everything was reported, you'd have a much more extensive list of crimes in the village. My guess is that the lack of reporting has more to do with retaining the public's perception of safety. It also makes me suspicious of the "lower" crime rate. I think that there are ways to play with number to give the illusion of a lower crime rate.

Missing report from Oak Park  

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 11:12 AM

My wife and kids observed a high speed chase of some sort on April 25 that is not reported here. Van speeding through stop sign on Lexington and Wesley, heading toward Rehm Park, followed by speeding car, followed by cop car with lights flashing. Sounds eerily similar to April 21 report above, but details do not match. Anyway, just glad no one was crossing Lexington at the time.

Colt 40oz  

Posted: May 1st, 2014 11:33 PM

My mistake, Joe. I'm not that familiar with the drink of choice on da streetz, so I messed up the name a bit, but I should have got the measurement right. If I ever decide to pick up a 40, I'll be sure to study the proper terminology, but I will most probably settle for the whisky you mention.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 1st, 2014 10:11 PM

colt- jeez... nobody is going to get anywhere with just 40 mL... if you are going to make thinly veiled references regarding malt liquor at least get the name and volume correct. it's Colt 45 or just 'colt' and the volume is 40 oz or just a '40'. As a point of reference 40 mL is just short of 3 tablespoons. that might work for whiskey but not malt liquor. I personally prefer st ides. you should give it a try if you are ever in the market for a frosty malt beverage. light and mild taste.

Colt 40ml  

Posted: April 30th, 2014 1:26 PM

Foomer, Flowers are blooming, as are the thugs. It's about the right time. When it gets warmer, they just get more nuts, and more come out. I just wish the thugs would keep their animalistic behaviors on their side of the border, but I guess they've been hibernating through a long winter in their caves and cannot control all the pent up aggression inside their little brains. People should be thankful for the long winter, it means less thugs.


Posted: April 30th, 2014 9:13 AM

20 person fights taking place already? Usually they wait until summer

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