Oak Park and River Forest police reports Sept. 8-15

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Armed robbery on Chicago Ave.

A man was robbed by four men – two carrying handguns – in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue on Sept. 9 at 11:55 p.m., according to Oak Park police. 

The victim of the robbery was sleeping in his vehicle at the location when he was awakened by the four men opening his vehicle door. One of the offenders reportedly struck the victim in the stomach with the gun he held and then two of the other men removed his wallet, cell phone and watch. 

One of the other offenders then stole his black book bag containing a Toshiba laptop from the rear seat. The four offenders absconded in a black Dodge Caravan with Virginia plates and headed northbound on Austin to eastbound on Ohio, according to police. The loss was estimated at $1,025.

All four of the offenders were described as black men – two of whom were in their 20s, according to police. One of the men in his 20s was described as standing 6-foot-2 with a medium build, black hair and dark skin, wearing a dark shirt and dark pants. 

The other man in his 20s was described as 5-foot-1, with a medium build, light skin and wearing a red cap, dark shirt and dark pants. The third offender was described as having dark skin and walking with a limp, and there was no description given for the fourth offender.

 DUI arrest

A 47-year-old Chicago man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in the 100 block of Madison Street on Sept. 7 at 4 a.m., according to Oak Park police.

A 33-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 1100 block of Chicago Avenue at 4 a.m. on Sept. 9, and charged with driving under the influence and damage to village property, according to Oak Park police. 

Police report that the man was driving under the influence of alcohol and drove his vehicle into a tree.

 Retail theft

Three teenagers shoplifted various items from a gas station in the 6100 block of North Avenue between the hours of 11:25 and 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, according to Oak Park police. 

Police reported that the three entered the gas station, knocked various items to the floor and then stole several candy bars. A worker at the station told police that "this is an ongoing issue with one of the offenders." 

The loss was estimated at $75.

 Burglary to garage

A garage was burglarized in the 900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue sometime between 10 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 3, according to Oak Park police. The offender entered the garage through an unlocked side service door and stole a men's royal blue Giant bicycle. The offender also stole change from the vehicles in the car. The loss was estimated at $410.

 Burglary to motor vehicle

A car was burglarized in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard on Sept. 4, between the hours of 12:30 and 9 a.m., according to Oak Park police. The police did not give a description of the vehicle, where the burglar stole a wallet containing a driver's license, credit cards and cash. The loss was estimated at $350.

A car was burglarized in the 900 block of Columbian Avenue on Sept. 7 between the hours of 12:01 and 8 a.m., according to Oak Park police. The offender entered the car through an unlocked rear passenger door and stole a pair of sunglasses, a Costco card and a Samsung Galaxy cell phone. The loss was estimated at $45.

 Theft

A black men's Fyxation bicycle was stolen from an Oak Park resident in the 1000 block of Pleasant sometime between 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, according to Oak Park police. The thief cut a black Kryptonite cable lock to remove the bicycle. The loss was estimated at $485.

 Burglary arrest

Andres Flores, 22, of the 6600 block of North Clark in Chicago was arrested in the 1200 block of North Harlem at 3:59 p.m. on Sept. 8 for burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. 8-15 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

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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