Police report spate of residential burglaries | Police reports Sept. 16-22

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police reported a string of residential burglaries and burglary attempts on Sept. 17 and 18, including three on the same block.

According to police, someone entered a home in the 800 block of South Elmwood Avenue through an unlocked sliding door on Sept. 17 and took a backpack containing a passport, ID and cash. A women's wallet with ID, credit cards, cash and a vehicle key fob were also taken. The estimated loss was $610.

In addition, there were two attempted residential burglaries reported on that same block of Elmwood Avenue. One was reported to have taken place on Sept. 17-18 in the 800 block of South Elmwood Avenue. According to police, someone placed a chair under a locked kitchen window and removed the exterior screen but did not gain entry.

In another incident, the offender also unsuccessfully attempted to enter a residence through a secured window sometime during the period of Sept. 17 through Sept. 20.

In an incident that may or may not be related, Oak Park police reported that on Sept. 18, unknown offenders entered a residence through a window at a home in the 600 block of Clarence Avenue. A black wallet, house keys and three key fobs were removed, as well as a Toyota Yaris.



Three offenders robbed an Elgin resident of a cash and a cellphone after approaching the victim and demanding the items in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard on Sept. 21 at about 2 p.m. The total loss was valued at $1,200.

A Chicago resident had a cellphone snatched out of her hand at about 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the first block of Madison Street in Oak Park. According to police, a black male in his early 20s, with a thin build, light skin and wearing black jeans, red/black/white Air Force One shoes, a black hoodie and a black baseball cap with a flat brim, approached the victim and grabbed the phone before fleeing in a black Dodge Charger.

A second offender was described as a black male in his late teens with a thin build, about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, wearing a short-sleeved shirt with a Jordan logo on the back, bright blue jogging pants with a white stripe, a black knit cap and tan Timberland boots.


Garage burglary

Someone entered the garage of a residence in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard in Oak Park between 12:30 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 and removed a Fuji 12-speed bicycle valued at $150.


Recovered stolen vehicles

Police recovered a stolen silver 2017 Ford Focus on Sept. 16. The car was reportedly stolen from the 1100 block of Hayes Ave on Sept. 14.  

Someone stole a vehicle on Sept. 17 from the 1100 block of North Lombard Ave. The estimated loss is $5,000.

On Sept. 18, a Toyota Prius reported stolen the day before was recovered in the 400 block of Greenfield Street.

A vehicle stolen out of Oak Park on Sept. 6 was recovered by the Cicero police department Sept. 20. 

On September 21, Cicero police also recovered a vehicle stolen out of Oak Park on Sept. 19.


Packages stolen

A 30-year-old Chicago man was arrested at his homes by Oak Park police and charged him with theft for taking packages from two porches in the 1100 block of Highland Ave on Sept. 16. 

Unknown offenders removed a package containing an Apple Watch 4 from the entrance vestibule of a building in the 900 block of Pleasant Street sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 16. 


Bicycle theft

An unknown offender stole blue 26-inch Retrospec Mantra bicycle on Sept. 17 after cutting the security cable attaching it to a bike rack in the 300 block of South Boulevard. 

A black Raleigh women's bicycle was stolen from a bike rack in the 800 block of Lake Street after cutting the cable lock on September 18. 

On Sept. 21, unknown offenders stole a gray/blue Cannondale bicycle frame and the back tire from a black and red Cannondale bicycle from a rack in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue. The bikes had been secured to the rack with U-locks.

A black Mongoose mountain bike was stolen from a bike rack on Sept. 21 it the 1100 block of North Ave. after an unknown offender cut the cable lock.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports, Sept. 16-22, 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 Stacey Sheridan

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