Oak Park crime briefs: Teens damage Ventra machine at Austin Blue Line

CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

  • On August 17, two unknown teens damaged a Ventra card machine at a CTA train station on the 700 block of South Austin Avenue. The suspects, thought to be somewhere between 16 and 19 years old, were seen damaging the machine at around 5 p.m.; the pair allegedly removed a part of the machine “by force,” rendering the card reader unusable. At the time, one of the suspects was wearing a grey T-shirt, dark pants and black and red shoes, while the other was wearing a white T-shirt, black jeans and white gym shoes. The damage to the machine was estimated to be $1,000.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

  • An Oak Park resident told police that on August 17 someone entered their home on the 600 block of North Harvey Avenue and stole a number of electronic items, including 50-inch Panasonic flat-screen television, a Samsung laptop computer, a Playstation 3 game console, a Nintendo Wii game console and a Toshiba laptop computer. The victim suspected that the offender gained access to the home through a rear door. The stolen items were estimated to be worth a total of $7,900. The incident occurred sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

RETAIL THEFT

  • On August 21, four boys entered a CVS on the 300 block of Madison Street and proceeded to place approximately thirty candy bars into a backpack. When confronted about their actions by an employee, the four offenders fled the store with the merchandise. The suspects were last seen running eastbound in the south alley of Madison Street. The stolen items were estimated to be worth $85.

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