Tree muggers do damage in Scoville Park

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An estimated $500 worth of damage was inflicted on several trees around Scoville Park around 7:50 a.m. on May 15. The police report identified the village of Oak Park as victim in the incident. In the 100 block of North Grove Avenue, someone damaged several trees by "pushing/pulling" a small-sized tree and breaking several branches off other trees, according to the report.


Criminal trespass

A man in his mid-50s was discovered trespassing in the maintenance room of an apartment building in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard about 9:45 on May 16. Confronted, he was last seen headed east on Washington.



  • Someone used an unlocked side service door to gain entry to a residential garage in the 1100 block of North Taylor Avenue, sometime between 4 and 5 p.m. on May 15. A red, men's, 7-speed, folding X-treme bike was taken. The estimated loss is $750.
  • A garage was burglarized in the 100 block of South Lombard Avenue, sometime between 9 p.m. on May 15 and 7:30 a.m. on May 16. The offender entered through a closed-but-unlocked side door, then entered an unlocked vehicle inside the garage and stole an iPod, hand tools, a pair of binoculars and $20. The estimated loss is $580.
  • Someone stole a gray bicycle from a garage in the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue, sometime between 7:30 p.m. on May 15 and 7:30 p.m. on May 16. The offender used a pry tool to force open a side service door to enter the garage. The estimated loss is $250.
  • Eric Torres, 40, of the 6200 block of South Major Avenue, Chicago, was arrested at 8:04 a.m. on May 14 in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard and charged with burglary to a motor vehicle. No additional information was given.
  • A Hyundai Elantra was burglarized in the first block of Harvard Street, sometime between 8 p.m. on May 16 and 11:04 a.m. on May 17. The offender ransacked the vehicle and removed the cover on the victim's fuse box. No loss reported.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 800 block of Wesley Avenue, sometime between 3 and 9:42 a.m. on May 19. The offender entered through an unlocked rear door and stole a rose gold iPhone 8, a Louis Vuitton wallet with cash, credit cards, a car key, a men's money clip containing cash, and miscellaneous credit cards and identification. The offender then entered the victim's garage through an unlocked service door and entered the victim's unlocked vehicle. There a Safariland vest and carrier, 60 rounds of ammunition, an asp baton, range ear protection and a credit card were stolen. The estimated loss is $1,500.



  • Someone entered the common area of a building in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard and stole a black and red 46CM men's Fuji 3 bicycle, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 16. The estimated loss is $400.
  • An Amazon package was stolen from the porch of a building in the 800 block of Wisconsin Avenue, sometime between 10:42 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. on May 16. The package contained a 44-count box of diapers valued at $26.
  • Oak Park police arrested a 20-year-old man from Montgomery, Illinois, and charged him with six counts of theft after an investigation revealed him to be in possession of several packages that belonged to Oak Park and Berwyn residents. He also was charged with driving on a suspended license. The man was arrested in the 900 block of South Ridgeland Avenue at 3:50 p.m. on May 16.


Aggravated battery

A 20-year-old Riverside man was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery, which took place in the 500 block of South Maple on Aug. 15, 2018. The man, who lives in the 100 block of West Forest Avenue, Riverside, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. on May 14. The location of the arrest was listed as Cook County Department of Corrections. The victim was identified as a Naperville resident.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, May 13-20, 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 Timothy Inklebarger



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