Gunmen rob three in separate incidents

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Three people were robbed last week, most likely at gunpoint.

A man unloading stock from his car and taking it into his business in the 100 block of Lake Street around 3 a.m. July 5 was accosted by another man who stuck a "hard object" against his back. When the thief demanded money, the victim handed over $40 and the thief ran off.

Around 10 p.m. on July 8, a woman loading groceries into her car in the Dominick's lot, 259 Lake St., felt a "hard object" pressed against her back and a voice demanding her wallet. The woman gave the wallet?#34;containing $110, credit cards and identification?#34;to a man who then fled southbound on Harvey Avenue under the el viaduct.

And a Chicago juvenile was stopped and arrested in the 600 block of South Taylor the afternoon of July 3 after matching the description of a person who had attempted an armed robbery earlier that day.

Vehicle theft

A 1992 Isuzu pickup truck valued at $5,000 was stolen out of a parking lot in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue overnight July 7, most likely by means of an unlocked sliding rear window.

A 1989 Buick Century valued at $1,000 was stolen overnight July 7 from a rear lot in the 1000 block of South Kenilworth Avenue.


Kenneth L. Modica, 43, of Downers Grove, was arrested around 3 a.m. July 7 in relation to an alleged burglary in the 800 block of Linden Avenue. A Cicero juvenile was also arrested with Modica, who is being held on $10,000 bond in county jail. According to Oak Park Deputy Chief Bob Scianna, Modica has been "repeatedly" arrested and charged with garage burglaries here.

Someone entered a residence in the first block of LeMoyne Avenue the evening of July 7 via an unlocked door. They ransacked several rooms and stole a laptop computer, diamond earrings, and a wallet containing $250 cash. Total reported loss was $3,310.

Miscellaneous jewelry valued at over $7,000 and a DVD player was stolen from a residence in the 700 block of North Humphrey during the day July 3 by someone who broke the backdoor lock.

Two men employed by a contractor working in a building in the 400 block of South Euclid Avenue are suspected of entering an apartment in the building during the day July 6. A video camera, digital camera and two high school rings, valued in total at $2,600 were taken.

A residence in the 1000 block of North Grove Avenue was broken into between June 23 and July 3 by breaking a window in the rear door off the kitchen. The house was ransacked and assorted jewelry valued at $400 stolen.

Someone walked through an unlocked side door of a garage in the 1100 block of Rossell Street overnight on July 3 and stole a cell phone and satellite radio valued at $415.

An open overhead garage door in the 1100 block of East Avenue July 5 allowed someone to walk off with four car tires and a bike valued in total at $1,000.

Someone broke a 7-foot-by-3-foot window in a home in the 800 block of North Grove Avenue between June 30 and July 3. Nothing was taken, but damage was $2,000.

Three autos were broken into overnight July 5. A $500 cell phone was stolen from a 2003 Ford Explorer in the 400 block of North Oak Park Avenue. A radar detector and 26 CDs were stolen from an unlocked 2020 Infiniti I35 in the 400 block of Linden Avenue. And a 2003 Dodge Caravan in the 200 block of North Elmwood was ransacked and $1 in coins taken.


Two men were observed taking an $800 power washer from a construction site in the 6400 block of Roosevelt Road around 9:30 p.m. July 5. The men fled westbound on Roosevelt in a red pickup truck.


Michael Valenzuela, 30, of Batavia, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 1100 block of South Boulevard around 11 p.m. July 5. A name check determined he was wanted on a warrant in DuPage County for not appearing on a DUI charge. Police then allegedly found a small plastic bag of white powder on the squad car floor after his arrest. The powder tested positive for cocaine.

Anthony Jefferson, 48, of Hillside was stopped for an alleged traffic offense in the 100 block of Oak Park Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Besides, arresting Jefferson for allegedly driving on a revoked license and having no insurance, police reportedly found a white powder in the car that field tested positive for cocaine.


James D. Gardner, 65, of Oak Park was stopped for an alleged traffic offense in the 100 block of North Harlem Avenue around 10 p.m. July 6. Police allege that Gardner smelled strongly of alcohol, and exhibited slurred speech, was driving on a suspended license and was unable to provide proof of insurance.

Hilda Lopez, 26, of Stickney was arrested just after 11 p.m. Friday night in the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road. Police say she failed a field sobriety test and had an open bottle of beer in her car.

Dennis M. Houlihan 48, of Downers Grove was arrested around 2 a.m. July 8 in the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road after a traffic stop.

Criminal damage to property

A 4-foot-by-3-foot window at Brooks Middle School, 325 South Kenilworth Ave., was smashed overnight, July 5. Damage was $1,000.

Bike thefts

Nineteen more bikes were stolen last week?#34;two in River Forest and 17 in Oak Park. Bikes were stolen throughout the village, from garages to just lying around backyards, and two while locked to bike racks.

"It's the season," said Oak Park Deputy Chief Bob Scianna, who said he wanted to remind people that bike theft is a crime of opportunity. "If they spot your bike, and they have the means to steal it, they will."

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from July 2 to July 9. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

Two men attempted to pull the old water pipe repair scam on a River Forest woman the afternoon of July 6. The men gained entrance to the residence in the 8200 block of Lake Street by telling the woman they needed to fix a water leak under the kitchen sink. One man then asked for change for a $100 bill, and followed the woman upstairs where a safe is located. However, the two men fled the house before getting any cash.

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