Oak Park and River Forest police reports-April 29-May 2

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Woman grabbed while jogging on LeMoyne

A 40-year-old woman told Oak Park police she was jogging just before 7 a.m., April 29, in the 600 block of LeMoyne Avenue when an unknown man ran up behind her and grabbed her, placing a hand over her eyes. The victim screamed and the offender released his grip and ran eastbound on Lemoyne. Police continue to investigate. 

Burglary

Someone pried open the front door of a residence in the 300 block of North Marion Street between 11:45 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., May 2. Once inside, the offenders ransacked the interior and removed a black iPhone 4S, two laptops, a Kindle Fire HD eReader, a video camera, two pairs of sunglasses, a watch and a backpack to haul it all away. Estimated loss was $5,050.

Someone kicked in the door of a locked maintenance room of a building in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard between 1 and 2 p.m., May 2. The room was found ransacked and a red-and-yellow electric leafblower was missing. Loss was estimated at $260.

Police arrested a 39-year-old Evanston man in a yard in the 5800 block of Washington Boulevard after a witness reported seeing a suspicious person carrying a leafblower hidden under his jacket near Austin Boulevard and West End Avenue in Chicago. Police chased the suspect, who dropped the leafblower and a GPS device. The address of the victim was discerned via the GPS, which turned out to be an open garage in the 300 block of South Boulevard. The man was arrested, charged with theft, and released on bond.

Thieving pugilist

Oak Park police said a 50-year-old male with a "thin build" entered the General Nutrition Center in the 1100 block of Lake Street and removed two Protocol All-in-One boxing sets and then left the store without paying. The total estimated loss was $60.

Burglary to auto

A Toyota Camry, parked in the 100 block of South Boulevard overnight, April 29-30, was discovered ransacked. Someone broke the passenger's side window, reached through the window and unlocked the door. Missing were a Tom Tom XL GPS unit, an FM transmitter and two cartons of cigarettes. Estimated loss was $385.

Witnesses observed two men around 1:10 p.m., May 2, enter an unlocked white Ford E250 work van parked in the 300 block of South Cuyler Avenue. The men removed a collection of tools and four spools of wire. They then were seen entering a 1980s gold Toyota Cressida and fleeing the scene southbound on Ridgeland Avenue.

Someone pilfered $5 worth of change from an unlocked Subaru Impreza parked in the 700 block of Gunderson Avenue, overnight May 1-2. 

Someone stole a wallet from the center console of a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Madison Street around 3 p.m., May 2. Lost were cash, credit cards and identification. Estimated value was $100.

Someone grabbed a black Samsung cellphone and a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes from an unlocked car parked in the 200 block of Madison Street around 10:45 a.m., May 3. Total estimated loss was $91.75

A checkbook, credit cards, gift card, IDs and about $3 in cash were removed from an unlocked Nissan Sentra parked in a public lot in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard between 1 and 2 p.m., May 3. 

An unlocked car parked in the first block of Pleasant Street was relieved of two pairs of high-end sunglasses and $3 in coins. Estimated loss was $403.

Theft

A file box containing DVDs, books, a lava lamp, postcards and animal figurines was removed from a backyard the morning of May 1 in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard. Estimated loss was $160. 

A 29-year-old Oak Park man was arrested after police observed him allegedly kneeling near a parked vehicle in the alley behind the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard at 11:19 a.m., May 2. The man allegedly had a razor blade and a screwdriver and was attempting to pry off the car's vehicle sticker. Police checking his ID found he had an outstanding warrant for violating an order of protection. He was processed and held in lieu of bond.

A catalytic converter was sawn off a red Pontiac Montana, parked in the 900 block of North Humphrey Avenue between 7:30 p.m., May 2 and 1 a.m., May 3. Loss was valued at $150.

Mischief

Someone broke two windows of 48 x 73-inch double-pane glass by shooting them with a BB projectile in the 400 block of Harrison Street around 11:20 a.m., May 1. Estimated loss was $2,600. 

A birdfeeder and two sections of 5 x 2-foot decorative lattice fencing were knocked down in the 100 block of South Scoville Avenue, May 3-4. Damage was estimated at $250.

Someone smashed out the back windshield and a tail light of a grey 2004 Mercury Mountaineer, parked behind the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight May 4. Estimated damage totaled $430.

A 5 x 5-foot pane of glass at the bus stop in the 500 block of Madison Street, owned by the Pace Bus Company was smashed by unknown means, May 2-4. Loss was estimated at $400.

Graffiti arrest

Police arrested a 22-year-old Oak Park man caught with paint on his pants and a spray can in his pocket after witnesses reported seeing a tagger spraying graffiti on garbage dumpsters and utility poles. He was charged with two counts of criminal defacement of property.

Bike theft 

A locked bike was stolen from a rack in the first block of North Ridgeland Avenue the evening of April 26. 

Garage Burglary

A locked garage in the 1000 block of Clarence Avenue was entered by prying open the side service door. Stolen were a bicycle, DeWalt drill kit and a flashlight. Estimated loss was $1,175.

A locked garage was broken into during the evening of May 3 in the 400 block of South Humphrey Avenue by prying open the side service door. A van parked in the garage was ransacked but nothing was reported stolen. Damage was estimated at $200.

Unlocked garages were burglarized overnight, May 1-2, in the 1000 block of South East Avenue, and the 600 block of South Scoville Avenue, and in the 1000 block of North Hayes Avenue during the day, May 3.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 29-May 2 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 Jean Lotus

CONTACT:  jean@forestparkreview.com

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 8th, 2014 11:16 PM

I didn't have an issue with the police showing up after someone broke into my garage last spring. response time was <10 minutes.

Voice of Experience  

Posted: May 8th, 2014 10:49 AM

OP police didn't come out when my garage was broken into. Do you really think they'll send a car because I see an unfamiliar person in my alley?

Kris from Oak Park  

Posted: May 8th, 2014 6:44 AM

Don't ever hesitate to report any behavior or event you may deem as unusual. Sometimes daytime door to door solicitation are individuls casings for potential burglaries. Unfamiliar Individuals walking full lengths of alleyways etc. Trust your instincts and notify police -

Foomer  

Posted: May 7th, 2014 1:09 PM

That 300 block of north Marion burglery during the middle of the day is alarming, especialy considering this list will get longer and longer as the summer goes on

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