Man Tries to Flee Traffic Stop and More: Oak Park Police Blotter

Oak Park police reports, Sept. 29 - Oct. 7.


Car Stolen

Police learned that a silver 2005 Mazda had been stolen overnight on the 1100 block of Clinton. The estimated loss was $15,000.

Man Arrested on Michigan Warrant

Benjamin C. MaCarty, 26, of the 500 block of North Central Avenue was arrested at about 3:49 a.m. on the 600 block of Lake Street, police said. During a traffic stop, police said they found out he was wanted on a warrant out of Michigan. MaCarty was processed and held for transfer to the Cook County Sheriff's Police Fugitive Warrants Unit.

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Man Found Urinating Publicly Wanted on Warrant

Police said they initially stopped Daniel Grunauer, 29, of the 300 block of South Kenilworth, at about 2 a.m. for urinating in public. A name check later revealed that he was wanted on a warrant out of Chicago for aggravated DUI, police said.

Arrested on Warrant

Antonio D. Jones, 32, of the 3300 block of West Maypole in Chicago was arrested after he was stopped for violating a local ordinance at about 4 p.m., police reported. A name check found that Jones was wanted on an active warrant from the Cook County Sheriff's Department for a probation violation. Jones was held for bond hearings.

Man Tries to Drive Away From Traffic Stop

Police reported that Justin C. McGhee, of the 1200 block of South Maple in Berwyn, was stopped for a traffic violation and attempted to drive away from police. McGhee was caught by police and charged with unlawful use of a weapon in addition to traffic violations and held for a bond hearing.


Burglar Breaks in to Steal Buckets

Someone gained entry to a home in the 100 block of south Austin sometime between Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, police reported, by pulling off the plywood on a basement door. Once inside, the burglar stole two plastic buckets. The total loss was estimated at $2.

Copper Sought in Burglary

Police learned of a burglary in the 900 block of north Taylor at about 1:10 p.m. that had occurred sometime between sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5. The burglar broke in by prying open a basement door. Once inside he removed copper piping, a faucet and pipe, and damaged the victim's carpet. The total loss was estimated at $880.

Arrested for Soliciting on Roadway

Randy Watson, 51, of the 1500 block of West Mandell in Westchester, was arrested and charged with soliciting in a roadway at Austin Boulevard and the Interstate 290 expressway and released on bond at about 10:37 p.m., police said.

DUI Arrest

Jorge Burke, 23, of the 100 block of Home, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at about 10:55 p.m. in the 1000 block of Madison Street, police said. He was released on bond.

Robbery Reported

A robbery was reported to police at about 9:50 p.m. on the 800 block of North Austin Boulevard. The victim told police he was walking north on Austin when he was approached by a man who then punched him in the face. Four men approached him and pushed him to the ground before beating him. Stolen was a grey Thunderbolt cell phone and about $10 in cash. The total loss was estimated at $210. The offenders were described as black men who were about 16-18 years old and wearing dark clothing.

Storage Area Burglarized

A storage area on the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue was burglarized sometime between Sept. 26 and Oct. 5, police reported. Stolen were two bikes worth an estimated $850 total.


Motion Detectors Stolen

Three motion detectors were stolen from a home on the 600 block of Linden between 1-11 a.m. for an estimated loss of $750.

Police Blotter information is provided by the Oak Park Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor at matthew@patch.com. We will verify and report the outcome.


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