Oak Park and River Forest police reports-April 29-May 11

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By Amy Malina

Woman's vehicle carjacked in garage

An Oak Park woman reported that around 10 p.m. on May 8, after she exited her 2012 Honda Accord inside her own garage in the 900 block of North Lombard Avenue, three unknown men approached. 

One demanded and took her keys; all three offenders fled southbound in the victim's car. The car, valued at $15,000, was later recovered May 9 in the 5400 block of West Kamerling Avenue in Chicago. No arrests were made.

Group overwhelms boy, steals bike

May 10 at 4:50 p.m., in the 1000 block of South Lombard Avenue a group of eight or nine males, ages 15 and under, approached a boy and demanded his bicycle. One offender blocked the victim's path with his bike, while another male pulled on the victim's backpack. The first offender threatened to stab the victim, who ultimately fled south on Lombard.

Bouncing off a light pole ends in felony charge

Just after midnight May 8, River Forest police saw a tire in the middle of the street at North and Lathrop, and following the rubber marks on the pavements to a vehicle in the 1500 block of Lathrop Avenue. It was missing the front left tire and had additional front end damage. 

Driver Jaime Alfaro, 29, of Chicago, failed field sobriety tests, refused a Breathalyzer and was arrested. Police learned he had struck a light pole in Elmwood Park. Alfaro was charged with felony aggravated DUI, aggravated driving on a revoked license and several other traffic offenses. 

Financial exploitation

On May 6, in the 400 block of Chicago, Contessa Godon-Elliott, 40, of the 1600 block of Lotus, Chicago, was arrested and charged with financial exploitation of a disabled person. According to police, an investigation revealed that between September, 2011 and January 2014, Gordon-Elliot had used an ATM card to remove $16,499 from the bank account of a disabled client. Gordon-Elliot had been employed by Oak-Leyden Developmental Services as a home manager for people with disabilities.

In the 200 block of Madison Street May 9, an unknown man entered a business around 4 p.m. and asked an autistic victim to help push his vehicle. Once outside, the offender asked the victim for money to fix the vehicle, which was not present. The victim gave the offender $140. The offender told the victim he would return with the car, but never did. 


On April 27 at 7:43 p.m., a man in his 30s wearing a black knit cap stole six yellow bottled of Penzoil motor oil from the Shell gas station in the 400 block of Madison. Also on April 27 at 11:30 p.m., a man stole two cell phone chargers from a display at the same Shell location.

The victim of a theft at the outdoor Concordia University running track reported the loss of an iPhone 5 and $85 cash from a backpack on May 9 at 11 a.m.

A juvenile Chicago resident was arrested May 6 at 10:34 a.m. and charged with a felony theft that occurred March 9 of this year. He was identified as one of two suspects who stole clothing and cell phones from lockers at the YMCA in the 200 block of Marion Street.

Unlocked bicycles were stolen in the 1100 block of South Humphrey Avenue and 700 block of South Taylor Avenue.

Sometime between May 7- 9, someone removed six Restoration Hardware brand patio chairs, estimated value $1500, from the back yard of a house in the 1100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue.

Pot bust

On May 7 Oak Park police arrested a juvenile Elgin resident who was issued three citations for possession of marijuana, then released to his father's custody. 

Burglary arrest 

On April 28, 16-year-old male Oak Park resident was arrested after a witness identified him as having tried to pry open the parking pay station at the Avenue parking garage this past New Year's Eve. The boy was arrested at the school he attends in Des Plaines, charged with burglary and criminal damage to state-supported property, and turned over to the county juvenile detention center.

Residential burglaries

In the 300 block of Washington Boulevard, someone entered a garage by unknown means on April 28 between 5 - 9 p.m. and removed an extra set of apartment keys which were hanging on a hook inside the garage. The offender also took the victim's bicycle from the garage and left it outside in the alley.

An unlocked door permitted someone to get into a residence in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue on May 6 between noon and four pm. Stolen were an iPad and an assortment of gold and silver jewelry. Total loss was approximately $7,700.

In the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue, someone broke a rear window to enter an apartment during the day May 7. Once inside, the offender(s) ransacked the place, stealing a Toshiba laptop, a Kindle tablet, an Eddie Bauer backpack, a blue wheeled duffle bag, credit cards and ID. Estimated loss was $1,065.

Garage burglaries

An open garage lured a burglar to the 900 block of Linden on May 11 just after 3 a.m. Stolen was a man's mountain bike.

Overnight May 6-7, in the 600 block of North Lombard Avenue, someone pried the locked service door of a garage and stole $245 worth of tools.

On April 28 between 1 and 3 p.m., someone entered a garage in the 700 block of North Oak Park Avenue and stole two blue mountain bikes valued at $1,520.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 29-May 11 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 Amy Malina

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 19th, 2014 2:42 PM

in all fairness, the event below happened on 5-14 and this report is updated to 5-11. I would expect it to be covered in the blotter that comes out this Wednesday.

The dude  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 10:16 PM

Thanks, Joe. I guess we only get a snippet of the news here and must go else where to piece it together. The violent crimes are already starting up which makes sense as it's getting warmer, and the thugs are coming out of their caves. No doubt there will be many more cases of armed robbery, assault etc. And I'm sure there will be some article talking about how Oak Park crime is at a 40 year low. I'm always interested in how they get at those numbers.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 2:35 PM

interesting article in the Oak Leaves (suntimes) today about the couple robbed blocks from village hall. http://oakpark.suntimes.com/crime/robbery-OAK-05222014:article

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