Oak Park and River Forest police reports Aug. 4-11

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Robbery reported on Fair Oaks in Oak Park

An Oak Park resident was robbed in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue at 10:35 p.m. on Aug. 8, according to Oak Park police. 

The offender allegedly tackled the victim and removed the victim's wallet, headphones and an HTC smart phone. The offender was last seen headed northbound on Fair Oaks Avenue. The total loss was $684.

 Theft of a motor vehicle

A 2009 dark gray Hyundai Accent was stolen from the 800 block of North Hayes Avenue sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 3:05 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to Oak Park police. The loss was estimated at $3,550.

A dark blue 2014 Jeep Patriot was stolen from the 1000 block of Ontario Street between 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to Oak Park police. The vehicle was parked on the street and valued at $19,000. 

 Attempted motor vehicle theft

A car thief attempted to steal a 2006 silver Dodge Caravan in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to Oak Park police. 

The offender broke the door glass with a rock and then damaged the steering column and tampered with the vehicle's ignition once inside, but failed to steal the vehicle. The loss was estimated at $200.

 Criminal damage to property

An unknown person stole the chains off of playground swings at Longfellow Elementary School in the 700 block of South Highland Avenue sometime between 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 and 10:15 a.m. on Aug 10, according to Oak Park police. They also scrawled expletives on the metal poles supporting the swings, police report. 

 Burglary to garage

A residence in the 1100 block of Wenonah Avenue was burglarized between 10 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to Oak Park police. The offender entered the garage of the residence through a side service door and stole a silver men's Giant/Cypress bicycle valued at $100.

A residence in the 900 block of Hayes Avenue was burglarized between 7:05 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. on Aug. 10, according to Oak Park police. The offender entered the garage through a side door and stole a black and silver Craftsman lawnmower valued at $200.

 Burglary to motor vehicle

A red Ford Mustang was burglarized in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard sometime between 5:20 a.m. and 5:25 a.m. on Aug. 7, according to Oak Park police. 

The offender broke the front driver's side window and stole a black and silver 50-watt vaporizer pen, a red and white Calvin Klein purse and a red and white Calvin Klein wallet. The total loss was estimated at $580.

 Burglary arrest

Donna Grant, 50, of the 400 block of North Lawler Avenue in Chicago, was arrested for a burglary that took place in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue. 

Grant was arrested in the 1000 block of Lake Street at 12:36 a.m. on Aug. 7, according to Oak Park police. Grant also had outstanding warrants for financial exploitation and a parole violation, police report. She also was charged with obstruction of identification and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 4-11 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

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Bill Dwyer  

Posted: August 17th, 2015 7:42 AM

Mr. Battle, I have total faith that the courts will know that assault during a robbery is what's called a "lesser included offense." Robbery also involves the LIO of theft, but that's not mentioned either in the article. It's up to a judge during jury instructions to allow or disallow juries to consider the lesser included offenses. Btw, the LIO in the robbery is battery, not assault, since the offender make actual unwanted physical contact with the victim. Hope that clears things up for you.

Cormac Battle  

Posted: August 17th, 2015 12:26 AM

In the first article, if the robber tackled the victim then the crime isn't just "robbery" but also assault. I hope the courts aren't going to make the same mistake.

Cormac Battle  

Posted: August 17th, 2015 12:24 AM

Well done Bryan. It's important that people keep their wits about them in Oak Park as stuff the this happens at all hours of the day. The people that tell you you only need to be concerned at night are either delusional, on something or ideological. Our village is a target, because there's plenty of affluence around, and people who would rather let suspicious activity slide do so because they don't want to be thought of as a profiler.

Mag Mel  

Posted: August 15th, 2015 9:56 AM

Good job, detective, um, I mean Tim.

Bryan Rekar from Oak Park  

Posted: August 14th, 2015 9:51 PM

Just want to remind all of the women (and men) who ride the Green Line and Metra to be extremely careful when getting off the train in the evenings and walking home/to their vehicles in the North Blvd and South Blvd corridors. I am 99.9% certain I thwarted a robbery attempt this week in the evening and saved a women quite a bit of trauma. In short, I was walking to my car on North Blvd after exiting the Green Line and noticed an African American man (20 yrs old, slender build) acting strangely, as he was walking towards me on the sidewalk and then crossed over to walk in the middle of the street, passing me up. I reached my car and looked back and noticed he had turned around and was now walking back on the sidewalk in the opposite direction, following a middle-aged woman. I kept my eye on him because something didn't feel right. I watched in my rearview mirror, as he was keeping a purposeful distance behind her and watching her. I back my car up, went around the block, and slowly followed him (and her) under the Clinton Street viaduct to South Blvd. At that point, he allowed her to continue south on Clinton while keeping a distance, paused a few moments to allow her to take a half-block lead, and then followed south and quickly crossed the street to sneak up behind her again within 10 ft feet near Clinton and Pleasant. To paint a picture, I originally saw him near Cucino Paradiso, and he followed her all the way to Clinton and Pleasant. At that point, she crossed the street to enter her car, and I had driven up behind him. He saw me, paused right before he was going to make a move, and stopped. I was on the phone to the police. He turned around and started walking aimlessly back in the other direction while I gave OPPD his description. He then walked east on South Blvd at a quick pace all the way down to Oak Park Avenue, at which point I had to leave and go pick up my son from day care. Be careful out there folks. Be aware of your surroundings.

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