Oak Park crime briefs: Resident finds unknown man in living room

Oak Park police car | Submitted

OAK PARK

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING

  • An Oak Park resident living on the 1000 block of Randolph Street told police that on the afternoon of June 24 he found an unknown person in his living room. The suspect, a thin man wearing a flannel shirt who looked to be in his late forties, told the victim that he was an employee of the building’s management company. He then fled through the rear door. Police investigating the incident concluded that the man had gained entry into the residence through a window in the back of the residence. Nothing was reported stolen.
  • Sometime during the evening of June 27 and the following morning, an unknown person entered a car on 1200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue and proceeded to unlatch the vehicle’s front hood. Upon investigating, police found no evidence that anything from the car was missing, though the panel under the steering wheel had been removed. The vehicle belonged to an Oak Park resident.

BURGLARY

  • On the morning of June 25, an unknown suspect entered a residence on the 900 block of Mapleton Avenue and ransacked the home’s master bedroom, removing an emerald and diamond ring, a costume jewelry ring, an Apple iPhone 5s, a Cannon AE-1 camera, a brown leather wallet containing $80 in cash, a debit card, a checkbook, a drivers license, a Chase credit card and other miscellaneous cards and documents. The offender also removed a silver Apple MacBook from the dining room. The stolen items were estimated to be valued at $7,370. Police concluded that the suspect entered the home through the front door, which was unlocked at the time.
  • A man living on the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard told police that on the afternoon of June 28 he watched a man enter his garage through an open overhead door and remove a Craftsman lawnmower. The suspect, who looked to be in his forties, put the lawnmower into a blue GMC Jimmy SUV and drove away in a southbound direction. The stolen lawnmower was valued at $459.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

  • An Oak Park resident encountered an unknown man in their home on the 1100 block of Wisconsin Avenue on the afternoon of July 3. The victim said that upon being observed in their kitchen, the man, who appeared to be in his thirties and wore a black do-rag, fled through the front door. The suspect had gained entry through the unlocked front side door. No losses were reported.

CRIMINAL DEFACEMENT

  • On June 30, police receive a report that an unknown suspect “carved a series of letters and numbers” into the sidewalk in front of a property on the southwest corner of Madison Street and Scoville Avenue. Police were unsure of what the offenders used to make the inscriptions, which appeared to be gang signs accompanied by names. Costs related to the damaged sidewalk were estimated at $500. Deputy Chief of Police Anthony Ambrose said that the corner did not have a history of gang activity, suggesting that the act likely occurred because there was new cement on the walkway.

RETAIL THEFT

  • Over the course of the day on June 28, police said two men entered the Circle K gas station store on the 400 block of Madison Street a total of three times and stole a number of items, including five auto air fresheners, an energy drink, two pairs of wireless earphones, two pairs of sunglasses, a bottle of fuel injection cleaner and 35 packs of Newport cigarettes. They were last seen walking westbound away from the store. The stolen items were estimated to be worth $416.94 in total.

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