The map above shows robberies reported in Oak Park and River Forest. The markers were pulled together using police reports we've posted in the last couple months—since the end of May—and the Oak Park Police Department's crime maps.
The red alert markers indicate armed robberies, where a gun or other weapon was displayed. Red markers indicate violent robberies, and yellow markers indicate all others, which were committed with force to a lesser extent. (Note: The markers without explanations are from the village's crime maps, and are preliminary crime classifications that may have changed based on follow-up investigations)
If you hover your cursor over the marker, you'll see a description of the robbery.
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This summer, police reported a few armed robberies, including one on July 16, when two men robbed a 15-year-old Oak Park boy in the 200 block of Augusta Avenue. Police said the men approached the teen around 9 p.m. and asked to see what he had inside the envelope he was carrying. When the teen refused, one of the men started to pull something silver out of his pocket, and the teen dropped $60 when he turned to run, police said.
On Aug. 20, a man with a gun threatened to shoot on an Oak Park man about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of South Taylor Street.
The man, who was in his 20s, about 6-feet-1 and wearing a red and blue striped shirt and dark pants, pulled the gun and said, "Give me your wallet. Don't let me shoot you," police said.
The offender took the man's wallet, which contained the victim's ID, $80, apartment keys and two credit cards, a Samsung Galaxy II phone and an Apple laptop. The laptop was later found in the 5700 block of Lake Street. The total estimated loss is $440, police said.
On Sept. 3, an Oak Park woman was robbed after a man pulled a gun on her about 5:40 a.m. in the 100 block of Superior.
Police advise residents to always pay attention to their environment, avoid carrying a loose purse or bag and to always be alert.
When the police department released a report on crime reported the first half of 2013, Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley said police rely on citizens to play a role in crime prevention, and that Oak Parkers understand the precautions they need to take to reduce crimes of opportunity, such as garage burglaries and bike thefts.
Savvy residents have also reported activity in their neighborhoods that seems out of the ordinary, Tanksley said.
Through the police department's Resident Beat Officer (RBO) program, there are eight officers assigned to Oak Park's eight zones. To find your zone and RBO, go to the village's website here.