Oak Park and River Forest police reports Sept. 1 - 8

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Motorist targets Oak Park youth

Oak Park police Detective Commander Clemet Harbour said officers are investigating a case in which a man attempted on four separate occasions between Aug. 13 and Aug. 23 to lure a 15-year-old girl into his car on the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue. On one occasion the man, described as black, age 30-40, and driving a four-door vehicle, offered the girl money. The girl didn't tell her parents about the attempts until a week later.

Rash of burglaries hit OP, RF

River Forest police arrested two 17-year-old Oak Park youths after observing them riding their bikes into numerous driveways and looking into cars on the 1200 block of Jackson Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Christopher Schmitt, of 314 South Oak Park Ave. and Colin Simpson, of 323 S. East Ave., were each charged with three counts of burglary to a motor vehicle after allegedly being found in possession of numerous GPS devices and car DVD players. Police continue to investigate vehicle burglaries on the 1000 block of Park Avenue, the 900 block of Keystone Ave., 500 block of Edgewood Ct., and 8200 and 8300 blocks of Lake St. The morning of Sept. 3, a car was burglarized in a restaurant parking lot on the 7300 block of North Ave.

In Oak Park, burglars cut a screen over the crawl space of a home on the 1000 block of Wenonah, the morning of Sept. 4, and made off with a wedding band, diamond ring and other assorted pieces of jewelry, valued at $12,000.

Two witnesses observed a man walking down the rear stairs of an apartment building on the 700 block of Garfield Ave., the afternoon of Sept. 2, carrying a large, flat-screen television. Police later determined that the front door of an apartment had been pried open and a 46-inch television, valued at $1,250, was stolen.

Someone kicked in the side door of a garage on the 1100 block of Columbian and stole two bikes valued in total at $1,025.

A garage side door on the 500 block of South Humphrey was pried open overnight, Sept. 3. The window of the car inside was then broken and $3 in coins was stolen.

The window of a car on the 800 block of Clarence Ave. was smashed and the vehicle ransacked overnight, Aug. 29.

That same night, the window of a vehicle on the 600 block of Harrison St. was smashed and a CD player stolen.

Overnight Sept. 5, the service door of a garage on the 200 block of South Humphrey Ave. was pried open, the window of a vehicle inside smashed and $20 stolen.



River Forest police say they stopped David Hendrickson near Chicago and Harlem avenues for alleged reckless driving around 12:30 a.m., Sept. 1. He was arrested for DUI and having no valid insurance.

Latvia K. Hayden was charged with two counts of aggravated DUI after being stopped for an alleged traffic offense on the 1000 block of Harlem Ave. around 2 a.m., Sept. 6.

Michael S. Smith was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 7200 block of North Ave. shortly before 2 a.m., Sept. 7. Police say his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08 percent.

An Oak Park juvenile motorist was stopped near Chicago Ave. and Clinton St. shortly before midnight, Aug. 29. Police arrested him under the Zero Tolerance laws, and for having no valid license or insurance.

Don Carter, 29, of Chicago, was involved in an accident on Harlem Ave. near I-290 around 2:30 a.m., Sept. 7. Police say he had an open bottle of liquor in the car and failed a field sobriety test.


Vehicle theft

A total of six motor vehicles were stole in Oak Park last week, including one taken with keys stolen during a house burglary. Overnight Sept. 4, someone climbed a 7-foot fence and forced open a porch screen door on the 100 block of North Lombard Ave. while the owners were sleeping. Besides a purse containing IDs, credit cards and $220 cash, the thief took a set of keys. Overnight Sept. 6, a 1996 Dodge van was stolen from the 900 block of Home Ave., most likely with keys left inside the vehicle.

Around 1 p.m., Sept. 3, on the 600 block of North Euclid Ave., a man observed another man drive off in his wife's Chevy Cavalier after the car had been left open with the key in its ignition.

Other vehicle thefts were reported on the first block of Chicago Ave., the 400 block of Lake St., the 600 block of Madison St., and in a garage burglary on the 1100 block of South Scoville Ave., Sept. 6.


Bike thefts

Bikes were reported stolen on the 100 block of North Lombard Ave., 900 block of South Maple Ave., 600 block of North Humphrey Ave., 600 block of South Taylor Ave., 800 block of North Harvey Ave., the 400 block of South Ridgeland Ave., the 300 block of South Kenilworth Ave., two on the 700 block of Wisconsin Ave., two on the 800 block of Lyman Ave in Oak Park, and the 500 block of Ashland and 7500 block of Oak St. in River Forest.


Battery, aggravated assault

Asia C. Moore of Oak Park was stopped by River Forest police near Lathrop and Chicago avenues for an alleged traffic violation, the afternoon of Aug. 30. Police say Moore struck on officer in the face and resisted arrest.

Edward Redmond, 54, of the 400 block of Ashland Ave., reportedly was drinking, the night of Sept. 7, when made a telephone threat to another person, then physically threatened the person with a knife.

Terry Morgan, 36, of the 900 block of Lyman Ave., allegedly struck a woman in the face and broke her telephone when she tried to call police, the morning of Sept. 1.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Sept. 1 to Sept. 8. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

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