Motorist clocks block partier after driving around barrier

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police report that a block party in the 600 block of Woodbine Avenue took an ugly turn in the early morning hours of June 23, when a motorist drove around the barricade blocking the street. 

An Oak Park resident approached the motorist, described as a man in his 20s, at about 12:08 a.m., confronting him about driving down the closed street. The motorist, who drove a black Honda Accord, punched the man and drove off eastbound on Chicago Avenue. 

Police report that two other individuals were in the Honda Accord with the offender. No additional information was immediately available.


Criminal damage to vehicle

A man in his mid-20s was seen damaging a Cicero resident's vehicle at 1 p.m. on June 21, in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Someone witnessed the man stand on the hood of the vehicle and jump on the roof. The offender fled in a black Chevrolet SUV. The estimated damage is unknown.



A business was burglarized in the first block of Chicago Avenue, sometime between 5:30 p.m. on June 20 and 4:10 p.m. on June 21. The offender broke the front picture window of the business and then took keys to a 2009 Honda Accord and then stole the vehicle from the parking lot. The vehicle was later recovered unoccupied in Chicago in the 5300 block of Iowa after being involved in an accident.

A vehicle was burglarized in the 500 block of South Wesley Avenue, sometime between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on June 20. The offender entered through an unlocked door and took a tan purse with a brown and tan wallet, which contained $6, credit cards, identification cards, and a tan gym bag with a flower design, which contained clothing and shoes. The estimated loss is $200.

Jeremy Grimes, 32, of the 100 block of South Kedzie, Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of Madison Street at 4:44 a.m. on June 18 and charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. The victim was identified as an Oak Park business, but no additional information was provided.



A Wheaton resident was the victim of theft in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard, sometime between 11 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. on June 20. An unknown person took the victim's unattended and unsecured beige and white Kate Spade purse from a table at the location. The purse contained an iPhone with a pink case, driver's license, debit card and car keys. The estimated loss is $805.

Two framed pictures were stolen off the wall of a building in the 500 block of North Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, sometime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 17. The estimated loss is $500.


Vehicle theft

A 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe that was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition was stolen from the 100 block of Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, at 11:38 p.m. on June 18. No estimated loss was given.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, June 17-24, 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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