As temperatures rise, so do robbery attempts

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Oak Park police said four strong-arm and armed robbery attempts took place in Oak Park between April 20 and 27.

In the first incident, a 14-year-old Oak Park male juvenile was approached by two men in their 20s in the 200 block of Garfield Street around 2 p.m., April 20. According to reports, one of the offenders, who had a goatee, came up behind the victim with his hand in his pocket and stated, "Empty your pockets or I'll blow your head off." A second man acted as a lookout, police said. The 14-year-old surrendered his iPhone and $35 cash. The two men fled west on Garfield. Estimated loss was $535.

On April 22, police said a 69-year-old woman was walking in the Dominick's parking lot in the 200 block of Lake Street, around 11:10 p.m., when she was approached by a man from behind. The man allegedly displayed a black handgun and struck the victim in the face while attempting to remove her purse. The woman struggled and held onto the handbag, police said. The offender reportedly gave up and joined two other men and the group fled from the parking lot westbound on foot. The victim declined medical attention, police said.

A man approached a woman from behind in the 1100 block of S. Lombard Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on April 26 and allegedly put his hand over her nose and mouth saying, "Don't scream and give me your stuff." He then pulled her into a gangway and searched the victim's jacket and pants pockets. The victim fell to the ground screaming and the offender allegedly struck her in the face with a closed fist and then fled southbound on Lombard. The victim reported that he did not get anything of value.

A woman told police that around 11 p.m., April 27, while walking in the 600 block of S. Austin Boulevard, she was followed by a female and male as she exited the CTA Blue Line. She said the woman pressed an unknown object into her back as the victim turned and struck the man in the face. Allegedly, he then pushed the victim to the ground and removed her purse containing an Illinois State ID card.

Crash, bang drive away

Janett Pardo, 21, was stopped by Riverside police around 5 a.m., April 24, near E. Burlington Road and Harlem Avenue when pieces of her vehicle fell off into the roadway. After failing field sobriety tests, she reportedly admitted to police she had been in an accident in Oak Park at Roosevelt Road and Harlem during which her car had struck two trees, an electrical box, a stop sign, then continued south on Harlem. She was charged by Riverside police with DUI and by Oak Park police with leaving the scene of an accident.

Felony sex offender arrest

River Forest police arrested Thomas P. Guare, 58, of Oak Park, after recognizing him as a registered sex offender. Guare was reportedly loitering with his dog in the area between the Fenwick Athletic Field and the Dominican University Daycare Center. Guare had been warned in the past not to be within 500 feet of the institutions. He was charged with a felony sex offender violation.

Designer purses stolen, wallet lifted

River Forest officers were called, April 24, after security personnel at Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) observed a male and female offender who allegedly removed eight Michael Kors purses valued at $1,900 and fled in a black Ford Explorer. On April 25, security at DSW reported a wallet had been stolen from a customer's purse while she was trying on shoes at the store.

Garage burglaries

Garage burglaries occurred in the 1100 block of Gunderson Avenue, April 22; 1000 block of Russell and 1000 block of Taylor, April 21; 600 block of Clarence Avenue and the 800 block of S. Elmwood Avenue, April 27; and the 800 block of S. Harvey Avenue on April 28.

A yellow road bike worth $1,000 was removed from under a porch in the 1200 block of Edmer sometime between April 19 and 21.

Someone removed tools worth $500 from a storage locker in the 300 block of S. Euclid Avenue on April 19.

An unsecured bicycle worth $700 was stolen from a yard in the 500 block of N. Cuyer Avenue, overnight April 27-28.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 20-27 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.

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Marc from Oak Park  

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 11:51 AM

We do not want to insult any criminals here in Oak Park. The crime reporting has always been a joke. Let's take better care of our eastern border. Be safe everyone and be aware around you.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 11:07 AM

WJ, thank you for showing your true COLORS! A guy threatens to blow a young teen's head off and there is no racial descriptor yet the abductor in the other story is described as WHITE. Exhibit A on unfair reporting and unnecessary liberal White guit. There is NO excuse for this whatsoever and I find this behavior offensive!

OP Guy  

Posted: April 30th, 2013 10:45 PM

Oh, and thanks for the detailed description of the perp who threatened the 14 year old with a gun... I'll be sure to call the police the next time I see a guy sporting a goatee! We don't need to know the build, or height, or clothing, or the color of the person... As long as we have the definitive characteristic of the person, the Goatee!

OP Guy  

Posted: April 30th, 2013 10:42 PM

Ha, these are just the appetizers for the main course the summer is going to bring. Yes, that crazy hot weather that suddenly turns people into robbers. Funny how this is only limited to certain areas of the city and villages. I suppose we'll just keep letting people come in an rob women, children and grannies at gun point, and pretend that Oak Park doesn't have a violent crime problem. It's cool, cause we have FLW and Hemingway to keep tourists coming back.

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