Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Aug. 19-25

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Hammer-wielding man threatens dog

Two boys, age 12 and 13, walking a dog in the 700 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, the evening of Aug. 22, were approached by a 34-year-old man who pulled a hammer from his waistband and allegedly told them he would kill their dog. The boys fled and police arrested the Chicago man, who was charged with aggravated assault.

Copper gutters stolen from school

River Forest police reported 60 feet of copper gutters were removed from St. Vincent Ferrer School, 1515 Lathrop Ave., sometime between Aug. 13 and 14. Estimated loss is $2,000.

Fake cocaine and a broken scissors

River Forest police responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Metra station, 7979 Hawthorn St., around 9:15 a.m., Aug. 16. They found a Hoffman Estates man on the platform carrying a broken scissors and several small baggies containing a look-alike white powdery substance packaged for sale as crack cocaine. He was charged with misdemeanor possession of a look-alike substance.

Pot in the mail

Vasily G. Baycharov, 26, a Russian national from Siberia, was arrested after neighbors witnessed him removing a package from the porch of an apartment building in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The package, which had been delivered to a false name at that address, contained 483.3 grams of marijuana. Bacycharov was charged with pot possession.
3 a.m., Aug. 24. Estimated loss is $1,000.

Traffic stop recovers stolen Honda

One man and two Chicago juveniles were arrested after a traffic stop in the 500 block of North Oak Park Avenue when the Honda Civic they were driving was discovered to have been reported stolen from Chicago. The car's occupants fled when police curbed the car, but officers caught and took the three into custody. One of the juveniles was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, and all three were charged with criminal trespass to vehicle.

Pancake house burglary

A cash drawer was emptied and a money box removed from the International House of Pancakes in the 6500 block of West North Avenue, overnight Aug. 21-22, after someone used an unknown object to smash the glass of the front double doors. Known loss was reported as $150.


Someone entered a residence in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue during the day, Aug. 20, via an unlocked basement door. Removed were a laptop computer and an iPhone 4s. Loss was estimated at $1,400.

Several rings worth $420 were reported removed from a residence in the 100 block of South Cuyler, Aug.15-21.

An apartment in the 600 block of South Boulevard was burglarized during the day, Aug. 22. Removed were a Kindle Fire, Louis Vuitton handbag, piggy bank, cash and miscellaneous jewelry. Loss was reported as $6,900.

Three televisions, a laptop, iPad tablet and cash were removed from a residence in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue during the day, Aug. 23. Burglars gained entry by cutting the screen on the rear door, unlocking the latches, then breaking a window and unlocking the rear door. Estimated loss was $3,773.

The resident of a garden apartment in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard told police someone attempted to enter during the day, Aug. 23, by puncturing the screens but failed to get in.

Someone broke into a home in the 500 block of Jackson Boulevard by removing a window screen and damaging a lock during the day, Aug. 22. The house was ransacked, but only a black bag was reported stolen.

A residence in the 600 block of South Boulevard was entered during the day, Aug. 22, via the secured front door. Burglars removed a woman's watch, a computer tablet and $300. Estimated loss was $3,100.

Bike theft roundup

Unlocked bicycles were removed from a laundry room in a building in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue between May 1 and Aug. 21; from the sidewalk in the 1000 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, overnight Aug. 13-14; from a rear yard in the 900 block of Linden, overnight Aug. 22-23; and from a front yard in the 700 block of North Elmwood, Aug. 22. Locked bicycles were stolen from the 400 block of South Euclid Avenue, Aug. 20, and the 100 block of Erie Street, Aug 25.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 19-25 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 Jean Lotus

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Oak Park dude  

Posted: September 4th, 2013 2:05 PM

I plan to do just that.

ignore her  

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 6:53 PM

@ Violet, I will blacklist, avoid and complain to management if I so much as hear someone say d*mn/sh*t in McDonald's...and in front of my kid?!?!? Not using the f-bomb is not luxury, it's bare minimum. I worked in fast food as a teenager and as filthy as my language was the customers didn't hear it. Oak Park dude, I suggest you send in a letter or call management, inform them you don't want to ever return and you will warn your friends and family about bringing their children there..then wait..

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 11:32 AM

Well said, OP Dude. Hard to believe a manager of any establishment would allow that kind of crap. Maybe it was the manager who was in on the conversation. Welcome to the age of people having zero respect for other people.

Oak Park dude  

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 11:26 AM

If you think that expecting employees at IHOP not to say things like "Mutha-fu&*a, SHiiet etc..." in front if young children is expecting a "eat establishment" to be "refined", then your expectation of acceptable language around little kids is much lower than mine. It maybe "normal" and fine with you to expect diner employees saying "mutha-fu%$a this, mutha-fu@3a that, shiiiet mutha-fu$%a..." loudly next to your 4 year old, but it's not fine with me, and I will choose a different place next time

Oak Park dude  

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 11:17 AM

VA, I don't expect a "refined" dining experience at IHOP, nor do I expect the employees to be perfect. We went there because it's right next to wonder works, where we were, and I suspect a lot of families will go there due to it's location. I DO however expect that the employees will not loudly converse with disgusting and obscene language right next to my 4 year old. Cont...

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 10:27 AM

@Oak Park Dude: My dear chap, pardon any hint of indelicacy but I think it would be a capital idea if you supped at a more refined eating establishment. (You cracked me up, dewd! Thanks for the laughs! You eat at IHOP and complain the patrons/workers? ROFL!)

Oak Park dude  

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 3:00 AM

Apparently the burglar that burgled the IHOP got busted as he didn't wear gloves and left a trail of finger prints. How do I know this? Because the friendly staff at IHOP were shouting stuff like "that mutha-fu@$a didn't wear gloves... Shiiiet, fu&%n stoopid, Mutha-fu$%a..." You can guess how the rest of the conversation went, pretty much more of the same, and all just steps away from my 4 year old. Thanks for keeping is classy IHOP on north! The clientele weren't much better either.

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