Oak Park and River Forest police reports Aug. 24-31

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Police make arrests in armed carjacking/robbery cases 

Oak Park police have arrested two men in connection with an armed carjacking where the vehicle was later used in an armed robbery in the West Suburban Hospital parking garage, according to a news release.

The arrest of the two men also led to the arrest of a third man connected to a vehicle reported stolen in Cicero.

Oak Park police said Jamiah Lyons, 19, of the 6100 block of South Michigan Avenue, and Dennis Bradford, 18, of the 6000 block of South California Avenue, stole the vehicle of a Chicago resident at gunpoint on Aug. 25, as its two occupants sat parked in the car on Greenfield Street near Lindberg Park at about 1:30 a.m. 

The original police report says the car was parked on the 1000 block of LeMoyne Parkway at the time of the incident.

The victim of the carjacking told police that Lyons and Bradford approached the car, one of them displaying a handgun, and ordered them out of the vehicle. They were then robbed of their personal possessions and forced to lie down on the grass as the assailants stole the car, according to police.

Later that morning, at 8:50 a.m., a woman said she was approached by two men as she walked from her car to the elevator of the West Suburban Medical Center parking garage, on Erie Court. 

One of the men reportedly displayed a gun and took her purse, which contained $150 cash, identification and credit cards, according to the press release. An earlier police report noted a total loss of $700 due to the theft of the woman's purse, wallet, iPhone 5 and miscellaneous credit cards. 

Police say a construction worker witnessed the stolen vehicle leaving the garage at the time of the robbery, linking it to the carjacking in northwest Oak Park.

The men reportedly attempted to use the stolen credit cards at a different location later, leading police to their arrest at 82nd Street and Ashland Avenue in Chicago, according to the news release.

Lyons was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery, and Bradford was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. Both are in Cook County Jail — Lyons on a $500,000 bond and Bradford a $35,000 bond.

Police also arrested Cleo Rice Jr., 18, of the 7300 block of South Marshfield Street, in connection with another stolen vehicle found at the scene where Lyons and Bradford were arrested. The vehicle had earlier been reported stolen in Cicero, according to police. Rice was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and released after posting 10 percent of a $1,500 bond. 

Burglary to garage 

A garage was burglarized in the 700 block of North Grove Avenue sometime between 11 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 2 a.m. on Aug. 25, according to Oak Park police. The burglar entered the garage through an open overhead door and stole a women's dark blue Schwinn bicycle. The loss was estimated at $400.

A garage was burglarized in the 1000 block of North Oak Park Avenue during the overnight hours of Aug. 24-25, according to Oak Park police. The burglar entered the garage through an unlocked side service door, ransacked two vehicles and stole a bag and $2 in change.

A garage was burglarized in the 500 block of South Grove Avenue sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 25, according to Oak Park police. The burglar entered the garage through an unlocked service door and stole a garage-door opener from an unlocked vehicle.

A garage was burglarized in the 600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue sometime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 25, according to Oak Park police. The burglar entered the garage through an unlocked service door and stole a pink and white girl's bicycle valued at $150.

 Vehicle break-ins

A number of vehicles were reportedly broken into during the overnight hours of Aug. 2425, Oak Park police have reported.

Two burglaries took place in the 700 block of North Elmwood Avenue, while single break-ins occurred in the 900 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, the 1200 block of North Grove Avenue, the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue, the 200 block of South Taylor Avenue and the 100 block of Pleasant Street.

All of the vehicles were unlocked, according to police. The offenders made off with wallets, cash, credit and debit cards and loose change.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 24-31 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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Cormac Battle  

Posted: September 8th, 2015 9:04 AM

It makes sense to commit a crime far away from where you live, so these criminals went the the extra mile (or few), but generally it's people close by committing crimes. I can't imagine that there will be a high influx of crime here committed by south siders cause the word has gotten out that Oak Parkers have money. Most criminals are lazy, which is why they're criminals in the first place, so tend to do their deeds close by? Plus, there are plenty of other rich areas closer to the south side. I had a friend that was robbed at gun point twice in Hyde Park in the same year. Oak Park is not the only affluent place where these things happen. Until the west side and south sides are cleaned up, we can expect these things to continue, cause it doesn't maker how many cops you put on the streets, or how many criminals you throw in county, they'll keep coming back. IF you want to live in a crime free zone, you'll have to go to somewhere like Edison Park in the city, cause that's where all the cops live? But then you'll give up "diversity" and proximity to the city.

Matt Nordquist from IslandDweller  

Posted: September 2nd, 2015 7:43 AM

All three of these carjacking boys are from the southside of the city. makes me figure that oak park affluent reputation of easy pickings are not just for the convenient location of Maywood and Austin folks

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