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Oak Park Police Blotter: Third Youth Charged in Car Break-ins

Dominick's guard apprehends two more would-be thieves, equipment taken from Nicor trucks.

The following items are taken from the daily summary reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Theft: An expired passport, assorted cards and $120 were taken Sept. 15 from an unattended bag at the , 103 S. Grove Ave.

Burglary to Vehicle: Power tools and a device that measures mercury were taken Sept. 15 from two Nicor Gas trucks parked in the 300 block of South Euclid Avenue. The suspect was last seen driving north on Euclid in a grey older model minivan. Estimated loss was $16,500.

Criminal Damage: The rear taillights were broken on a 2000 Mazda MPV and on a 1999 Mazda Protege, both parked in the rear of a home in the 800 block of South Maple Avenue, sometime between Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. Estimated damage was $600.

Retail Theft: David Thomas, 49, of Chicago was charged Sept. 15 with felony retail theft after he tried to steal toothpaste valued at $33 from , 259 Lake St., police said. He was arrested at Taylor and South Boulevard, where a check revealed he also was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Cook County for domestic battery, police said.

Burglary to Auto: A 12-year-old from Chicago was charged Sept. 15 in connection with a series of that took place in Oak Park late last month, police said. Police said detectives took the youth into custody in the 5000 block of Jackson in Chicago and, in a follow-up investigation, found he was responsible, along with two other youths, for incidents that took place Aug. 25 in the 700 block of South Boulevard and the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The two other juveniles, one 12 and the other 16, were arrested earlier this month. The 12-year-old who was arrested this week was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on Hamilton in Chicago.  

Drug Possession: A 16-year-old from Chicago was charged Sept. 15 with possession of a controlled substance, police said. Police had responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 800 block of North Ridgeland Avenue and saw the juvenile toss something from his pocket as they approached. The material was found and it field tested positive for .04 grams of rock cocaine. The youth was turned over to his mother.

DUI Arrest: Fernando Bowie, 38, of Chicago was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license, police said. After spotting a car run a red light in the 600 block of South Austin Boulevard, officers pulled over the driver and noticed he had glassy bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said.

Burglary: A 21-speed bicycle and a GPS unit were taken sometime between Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 from the garage of a home in the 600 block of South Euclid Avenue. Entry was gained through an open side service door. Estimated loss was $200.

Outside Warrant: China Smith, 30, of Melrose Park was charged Sept. 14 with driving on a suspended license and failing to use a turn signal, police said. After pulling Smith over at Ridgeland Avenue and South Boulevard for failing to use her turn signal, officers found she also was wanted on a warrant out of Cook County for driving on a suspended license.

Theft: A cell phone was taken Sept. 14 when a woman grabbed a cell phone from the hands of a female acquaintance who was showing her some of its features. The incident took place on the platform of the CTA South Boulevard Green Line train station, which was where the thief boarded an east bound train after taking the phone.  

Retail Theft: Randy Nowak, 28, of Chicago was charged Sept. 14 with felony retail theft after attempting to leave Dominick’s Finer Foods, 259 W. Lake St., with several packages of Gillette razors valued at $100, police said. A security guard saw the man put the items in his pants pockets, tracked him down and called police. Nowak was apprehended by security outside of the front door.

Retail Theft: Eular Lyons, 51, of Chicago was charged Sept. 14 with retail theft when she attempted to take an $18 bottle of vodka from Dominick’s Finer Foods,  259 W. Lake St., police said. A security guard, the same one who apprehended Randy Nowak, stopped her just as she was leaving the store and called police, authorities said. The apprehended two other suspects earlier this month.

Burglary: Donald Lopez, 43, of Chicago, was charged with burglary Sept. 13 after attempting to take a bicycle from the garage of a home in the 300 block of Maple Avenue, police said. Authorities said Lopez was placed under surveillance by officers from River Forest and Forest Park after a call of a suspicious person in the 100 block of Marengo in Forest Park.

Theft: Floyd Luckie, 57, of Chicago, was charged with felony theft Sept. 13 after trying to walk away with a wallet that was dropped by a person exiting the CTA Green Line stop in the 1100 block of South Boulevard, police said.

Burglary to Auto: A red canvas purse containing a cell phone and $85 was taken Sept. 13 from an unlocked 2007 Honda CRV parked in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Estimated loss was $410.

Criminal Damage: All four tires were punctured on a 2006 Honda Civic parked behind a home in the 500 block of South Kenilworth Avenue sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 12. Estimated damage was $600.

Criminal Trespass: James Dale, 55, of Chicago, was charged with criminal trespass Sept. 13 after being repeatedly warned by Metra authorities that he could not enter the station lobby in the 1100 block of North Boulevard, police said.

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