Auto theft on Lake Street

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A gray 2016 Honda Fit, left running and unoccupied, was stolen from the 1000 block of Lake Street at 12:49 p.m. on May 5. The vehicle, which contained a Samsung Galaxy S7, was recovered on May 7. No additional information was given.


Criminal damage

The rear passenger window of a 2012 Honda Accord, parked in the 200 block of North Kenilworth, was shattered by an unknown person sometime between 7:30 and 9:34 p.m. on April 25. The estimated loss is $200.

The trunk and driver's side quarter panel of a gray 2015 Toyota Corolla was damaged in the 100 block of Harrison Street sometime between midnight and 2 p.m. on May 5. The estimated loss due to damage is unknown.

A vehicle window was damaged in the 100 block of North Humphrey sometime between noon on April 30 and 9:15 p.m. on May 3. The estimated damage was unknown. No additional information was given. 

A man described as between the ages of 38 and 40 with a heavy build punched and shattered the front passenger window of a Chicago resident's vehicle about 5:15 p.m. in the 300 block of Jackson Boulevard. The man then entered a bronze 2013 Honda CRV and fled. The estimated damage is $250. 

A projectile was used to damage the front windows of a business in the 200 block of Lake Street sometime between 5:27 and 7:44 p.m. on April 30. The estimated loss is $1,550.



A UPS package was stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 800 block of North Humphrey sometime around 4:33 p.m. on May 3.

Several feet of copper pipe was stolen from a vacant house in the 1200 block of Lombard at 6:11 p.m. on May 2. The estimated loss is unknown. 

An iPhone 8 was stolen in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard at 5 p.m. on May 1 after the victim dropped it. The estimated loss is $600.

A basketball hoop was stolen from the rear of a garage in the 100 block of Lombard Avenue sometime between 8 a.m. and 6:26 p.m. on April 30. The estimated loss is $75. 



A vehicle was burglarized in the 300 block of Lake Street sometime between 4:57 and 5:27 p.m. on May 2. The thief made off with a maroon backpack, a laptop, credit cards, a charger, a flash drive, various receipts and food items. The estimated loss is $500.

A garage was burglarized in the 100 block of Le Moyne Parkway sometime between 9 a.m. on April 23 and noon on April 30. The thief stole a lawn mower and pressure washer. The estimated loss is $400. 


Driving under the influence

Marcus Allen, 41, of the 1100 block of North Lorel in Chicago, was arrested in the 900 block of South Maple and charged with driving under the influence. 


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, April 30 and May 6, 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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Alice Wellington  

Posted: May 11th, 2018 6:15 AM

"In February, the Sun-Times' Frank Main reported that of the dozens of juveniles who were charged with armed carjackings in 2017, most were detained no longer than 24 hours. Even though many of the suspects who are arrested for auto theft have previously faced auto theft charges, the top charge that is filed often is misdemeanor trespassing. Not all of those cases should have resulted in felony charges, but too many carjacking suspects quickly return to the streets. Often, carjackers wear masks, or the crimes happen so quickly that victims can't identify their attackers. If suspects aren't charged for possessing a stolen vehicle, they might face no penalty at all."

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