Oak Park and River Forest police reports - April 24-30

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park juvenile attacked by group of 5

A 17-year-old Oak Park boy was arrested for aggravated battery and mob action, April 26, after he attacked another juvenile with a group of people earlier in the month.

The juvenile victim told police he knew the 17-year-old who approached him with four other people in the 700 block of Lake Street on the evening of April 17. Everyone in the group began to punch him with closed fists until he fell to the ground; then they kicked him. The victim was also struck with a tree branch, police said.

The victim was taken to Oak Park Hospital with facial and orbital fractures and pupil damage.

The alleged attacker was arrested the morning of April 26 at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 200 N. Scoville Ave. He was charged with the two felonies and held for bond hearings.

Criminal damage to property

An unknown person broke a light bulb and casing above an entrance door at Beye School in the 200 block of North Cuyler Avenue between the evening of April 20 and morning of April 23. Estimated damage is $200. Between the afternoon of April 23 and evening of April 24, someone broke the frame of the electric keypad at the north entrance of the school. Police believe these were two separate incidents.

An unknown person damaged the side service door to a garage in the 500 block of North Taylor Avenue between the evenings of April 25 and 26. Estimated damage is $200.

The owner of a 2002 Toyota Camry reported, the afternoon of April 28, that someone scratched her vehicle and slashed all four tires while it was parked overnight on the northwest side of the Dominican Priory Campus in the 7200 block of Division Street. No damage estimate was available.

Someone driving a 1999 Dodge Stratus exited his vehicle, the morning of April 27, in the 1100 block of South Harlem Avenue and struck another vehicle on the passenger's side with an expandable baton. Estimated damage is $200.

An unknown person shattered a double pane glass window on the east side of the field house at Stevenson Park in the first block of Lake Street, the night of April 26. Estimated damage is $400.


Someone removed an Apple iPod Touch from an unlocked locker inside the boy's locker room at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, the morning of April 23. Estimated loss is $275.

An unknown person entered a locker in the men's locker room at the YMCA in the 200 block of South Marion Street, the night of April 23, and removed a Verizon Wireless phone, a dog tag necklace with three pendants and a leather wallet containing a driver's license, debit card and miscellaneous ID. Estimated loss is $155.

A 33-year-old Chicago man who had been in the Cook County Jail was arrested for felony theft after police determined he stole the tires from a bicycle in the 1100 block of South Boulevard last June. The man had previously been in jail for four years for attempted burglary in 2006.

A 15-year-old Oak Park boy was arrested, the afternoon of April 26, at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 200 N. Scoville Ave., for taking $22, a cellphone, earbuds and a belt from a locker in the boys locker room, April 13.

An unknown person removed an Apple iPhone 4 from inside an unlocked gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the morning of April 26. Estimated loss is $300.

A River Forest woman told police she was waiting for an eastbound bus at Lake and William streets, the morning of April 23, when two men approached her. One grabbed her purse before running south on William Street. The loss included a leather purse, $15 in cash, a JC Penney credit card, an insurance card and miscellaneous personal items.

A woman from Elk Grove Village told police she was eating at Boston Market in the 7200 block of Lake Street, the night of April 27, and someone removed her wallet from her purse. The wallet contained multiple credit cards and other personal information, and she discovered her cards had been used for a cash advance and purchases at a Target and a Home Depot in Cicero. Two other charges were declined at Target. Surveillance video at Boston Market revealed two suspects. One was carrying a large purse or bag.


Someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the 1100 block of Paulina Street, the morning of April 24, and removed a Tom Tom XXL 550 GPS unit from the center console. Estimated loss is $60.

An unknown person used a pry-type tool to enter a garage in the 1200 block of Belleforte Avenue, the night of April 23-24, and removed a men's black Specialized bicycle. A window on the garage's west side was also broken. Estimated loss is $600.

Someone removed an unlocked black and white Redline bicycle with red flames from the basement common area of a residence in the 600 block of Highland Avenue between the evenings of April 23 and 24. Estimated loss is $100.

A resident of the 500 block of Keystone Avenue told police, the afternoon of April 29, that someone entered the garage and tore open the dashboard of a Chevrolet Malibu parked inside. Also removed were a Preonus CD player and radio and $2 in change. A 1970s black Schwinn bicycle worth $300 was removed from the garage.

Someone entered a first floor apartment in the 1000 block of North Boulevard through an unlocked bathroom window, the morning of April 27, ransacked it and removed a portable wireless modem and four cans of beer from the refrigerator. Estimated loss is $102.

Someone entered an apartment in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue, April 24-29, and removed two TVs, an Apple laptop computer, an XBox game console and four XBox games. Estimated loss is $1,410.


A 21-year-old Evanston woman driving in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue, the night of April 29, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after she hit a police car head on. The officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol and the woman's blood alcohol level was 0.217.


An employee at Dominick's in the 7500 block of North Avenue told police, the night of April 27, that two men pried open the front doors of the store and stole liquor. They exited the store with numerous bottles of vodka and wine before they returned to the liquor aisle and were discovered by an employee. One of the men threatened the employee with a knife and they were last seen exiting the parking lot in a dark vehicle.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, April 24-30, 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.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2012 1:48 AM

Someone plus friends beat up someone else on Lake. Great, when I see someone's friends, I'll be sure to point out all their characteristics to the police. Maybe I can help in a police line up. I'll just close my eyes, spin around and pointment... I'm bound to get it right at some point.

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