Honda Accords from 1996, suddenly in vogue

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Someone removed a silver 1996 Honda Accord from a garage located on the 800 block of N. Euclid on March 29. The vehicle was later recovered on the 2800 block of Mont Clare in Chicago, with interior and exterior damage. No suspects were apprehended.

An unknown offender removed a green 1996 Honda Accord from a location on the 6500 block of North Ave. on March 30. Estimated loss is $4,000.

Retail theft arrest

Christopher Lenzy, 35, of the 1100 block of N. Austin in Chicago, was arrested and charged with retail theft for an incident that took place at the Walgreens, 6412 W. Roosevelt, on March 29.

Residential burglary

An unknown offender entered an apartment on the 600 block of Van Buren on March 30 and removed a DVD player. Estimated loss is $200.

Landscape larceny

Someone removed two chainsaws, two leaf blowers, and two hedge trimmers from a van parked on the 600 block of Fair Oaks on the afternoon of March 30. Estimated loss is $2,700.


An unknown offender removed seven pieces of copper downspout from a residence and coach house on the 100 block of S. Euclid, March 24-31. Estimated loss is $2,000.


Someone removed men's and women's bikes from a garage located on the 900 block of N. Lombard on March 31. Estimated loss is $500.

An unknown offender removed an aluminum alloy Cadillac wheel and a set of Calloway drivers and Ping golf clubs from a garage located on the 300 block of S. Oak Park Ave. between March 29 and April 1. Estimated loss is $1,150.

Missing/incarcerated and in possession

Adam Anderson, 27, of the 400 block of Vermont in Elk Grove, was arrested after being stopped for a suspicious auto investigation. A check revealed that Anderson was listed as missing/incarcerated. While being taken into custody, the suspect was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Unlawful possession of cannabis

Alexander L. Brown, 27, of the 6900 block of Cermak in Berwyn, was arrested after being stopped in traffic. An investigation revealed a strong odor of cannabis emanating from the vehicle, and a name check revealed that Brown didn't have a valid driver's license. The suspect was later released on bond.

Antonio Miller, 29, of the 5300 block of Van Buren in Chicago, was arrested after he was stopped for a suspicious auto investigation on the 100 block of Flournoy on April 2. A name check revealed two outside warrants, and upon arrest, Miller was found to be in possession of cannabis and charged with felony possession.


An unknown offender, described as a black man, 5-feet-10 and 180 pounds, approached a woman from behind and grabbed her by the neck on the 400 block of N. Austin around 12:45 a.m. on April 2. The victim kicked the suspect and screamed. He released her and fled on foot.


An unknown offender approached a woman from behind, placed her in a choke hold, and demanded her money at just after 11:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Lake on March 30. The victim complied and also gave the offender her Blackberry cellphone. Estimated loss is $550.

Driving under the influence

Pascasio Ortiz, 32, of the 4900 block of W. George in Chicago, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after being stopped on the 1600 block of N. Harlem on April 3.

Camille Besser, 29, of Root Lane in Maple Park, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop on the 1100 block of N. Harlem on April 3.

Theft of motor vehicle

An unknown offender removed a gray 2009 Scion XB from a residence located on the 400 block of N. Scoville on April 3. Estimated loss is $17,945.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 29 to April 4. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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HABIV from Riverside  

Posted: April 7th, 2011 11:32 AM

Mr. Haley & Ms. Dooley, Thanks for the informative story.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal   

Posted: April 7th, 2011 10:52 AM

Two of the three incidents are included in our police blotter. We have a new story covering all incidents going up on momentarily.

HABIV from Riverside  

Posted: April 7th, 2011 10:41 AM

The glaring, dangerous omission of details related to the recent attacks on women is inexcusable. Several local news organizations are headlining this Oak Park story. I went to my favorite source of Oak Park news, the Wednesday Journal, and found nothing. I hope that this isn't yet another example of political correctness that endangers women. I'm trying to be less cynical; please let it be journalistic negligence.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 7th, 2011 9:46 AM

@MR: I noticed that this week's blotter appeared rather sparse, as if it had been pruned. Perhaps now in addition to the scrubbing of perps'entire descriptions, they may now be omitting incidents which are rather...unpleasant.

MR from Oak Park  

Posted: April 6th, 2011 10:36 PM

On Wed 4/6 several TV stations and the Trib Local all did prominent stories on a series of women getting mugged in Oak Park. How come the reference in the WJ is buried in the crime blotter? Isn't the safety of the women in this town more important that school sports and election results?

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