Three in stolen car burglarize vehicle

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Three men driving a stolen red Cadillac worked together to burglarize a vehicle in the 7100 block of Roosevelt Road at 9:45 p.m. on May 2. One of the men reportedly entered the victim's vehicle and took an iPhone. He then entered the red Cadillac occupied by two other men. The Cadillac fled the scene, stopping at Harlem and Garfield, and the three men entered the CTA Blue Line station. It was later discovered that the Cadillac had been stolen from Chicago. The estimated loss is $800.



  • Someone stole $183.09 worth of vodka and Pepsi from Walgreens, 811 Madison St., at 9:30 a.m. on May 2. The offender took four 1.57 liter bottles of Tito's Vodka, a 750 ml bottle of Tito's Vodka and a 12-pack of Pepsi, according to police. The offender exited the building, entered a black Chevrolet sedan and fled westbound on Madison Street.
  • A blue 2013 Dodge Caravan, left running and unattended, was stolen from the first block of Chicago Avenue at 6:22 a.m. The estimated loss is $10,000. Police later arrested Tezell Tyson, 25, of the 5900 block of Superior, Chicago, after being found in the stolen van. He was arrested in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard at 5:03 a.m. on May 3.
  • A Munster, Indiana, resident was the victim of theft in the 700 block of South Boulevard, about 3:48 p.m. on April 30. The offender took a cellphone and wallet from the victim's hand and fled. The estimated loss is $603.
  • A building was burglarized in the 300 block of North Oak Park Avenue, sometime between 3 p.m. on April 26 and 9 a.m. on April 29. The offender entered the building through the boiler room and stole a 100-pound pipe threader, an impact hammer with a bit set, a heavy-duty auger with a bit set, zoom lock high-pressure pipe-fitting equipment, HVAC refrigerant tester, and various drills and hand tools. The estimated loss is $13,700.
  • A Melrose Park woman was the victim of theft in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard at 5:25 p.m. on May 4. A man approached the victim and grabbed the woman's iPhone out of her hand as the CTA Blue Line train came to a stop at the platform. The offender fled and was last seen in the South Harrison alley at Humphrey. The estimated loss is $900.



  • A residential garage was burglarized in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue, sometime between 7:30 and 9 p.m. on May 1. The offender entered through an unlocked side service door and took a gray Trek Hybrid bicycle with a tan stripe along the frame. The estimated loss is $300.
  • A shed belonging to an Oak Park business was burglarized in the 6100 block of North Avenue at 2:30 a.m. on April 30. The offender stole four cases of Penzoil Motor Oil, using a dolly that also was in the shed. The offender was last seen headed westbound. The estimated loss is $400.
  • Someone broke into a residential garage in the 1300 block of North Harlem at 12:28 p.m. on May 3 and stole a blue 2015 Nissan Altima by means of a key that had been left inside. The estimated loss is $9,000.
  • A 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan was burglarized in the 1100 block of North Marion Street, sometime between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on May 4. The offender gained entry to the victim's unlocked Dodge Grand Caravan and stole a dark brown purse with a wallet, three credit cards, cash, identification, red eyeglasses, blue reading glasses, pens, pencils, an inhaler and keys. The estimated loss is $150.


Criminal damage

Someone used a brick to damage a 3-by-5-foot glass window of a business in the 6100 block of North Avenue, sometime between 10 p.m. on April 29 and 6:30 a.m. on April 30. The estimated loss due to damage is $1,000.


Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon

Tremaine M. Roberts Jr., 19, of the 1900 block of Grandview Place, Montgomery, Illinois, was arrested in the 1200 block of North Harvey at 1:16 a.m. on May 4. No additional information was provided.



An Oak Park resident was the victim of battery in the 900 block of Pleasant Street at 8:03 a.m. on May 4. Four men exited a 2010 or 2012 silver Honda or Toyota, and one of the offenders, who wore a red suede jumpsuit and a White Sox baseball cap, struck the victim in the face. The offenders then drove off in an unknown direction.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, April 29-May 3, 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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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: May 8th, 2019 11:22 AM

@ Rob - a serious crime in Oak Park is a parking violation or moving violation, because it is revenue generating. Mere theft and robbery is nothing more than a paperwork exercise, and the "action" is advice to the victim about how THEY could have possibly made their belongings safer. After all, what does "arrest" even mean when it is a catch and release county. If only they could ticket thieves.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: May 7th, 2019 2:23 PM

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. Ridiculous . Who are we protecting?? Who decides what a "serious crime" is???

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