Jimmy John's driver loses car in 'bump-and-run' theft

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A Jimmy John's delivery driver was the victim in what police describe as a bump-and-run car theft. The incident occurred at 10:18 a.m., Sept. 16, in the 1000 block of South Boulevard. The victim was driving westbound on South Boulevard, when a vehicle struck his black 2005 Lincoln Town Car. The driver exited the vehicle to view the damage and left the keys in the ignition. While he was assessing the car, someone entered the driver's side and drove northbound on Home in his vehicle. The car contained a wallet, Illinois driver's license, debit cards and a Jimmy John's "car topper" on the roof. The loss is an estimated $4,500. 


Attempted robbery

An Oak Park man was the target of an attempted armed robbery in his backyard in the 700 block of North Hayes Avenue at 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 15. The man parked his 2016 Toyota RAV4 in his garage and exited and was approached by a teenager. Police did not give details as to whether the encounter occurred on his property or in the alley. The robber displayed a handgun and said, "Give me your car." The man threw the keys into a yard, and the robber struck him. The two began to struggle and the robber fled the scene northbound in the alley and then eastbound on Thomas Street. No loss was reported. The intruder was described as about 16 years old, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10, and wearing a black T-shirt and dark pants.

An Oak Park woman was accosted at gunpoint in the first block of Pleasant Street about 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 13. She was approached from behind by a teenager who placed an unknown hard object in her side and said, "Give me your money." The victim told him she didn't have anything. Two other teenagers then approached the woman. She scolded them and they fled northbound. No loss was reported. The first offender was described as a black male between the ages of 10 and 12, 5-feet tall, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue faded and ripped jeans. The second offender was described as a black male between the ages of 16 and 18, 5-feet-6, with a heavy build and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black nylon head dressing. The third offender was described as a black male between the ages of 16 and 18, with a heavy build and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and ripped jeans.


Driving under the influence

A 24-year-old man from Chicago, was arrested in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 16 and charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving while license suspended, and DUI over .08. He was arrested after being involved in a traffic crash at the location.

A 21-year-old man from Posen was arrested near Harlem and Lake after he was observed committing several traffic violations in the area at 11:41 p.m. on Sept. 9. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. A Breathalyzer test revealed his blood alcohol concentration was .194, which is over twice the legal standard of .08. He was charged with DUI, DUI over .08, and several traffic violations.


Motor vehicle theft

A black 2010 Toyota Corolla 4D was stolen from the 1000 block of Clarence Avenue sometime between 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 9:56 a.m. on Sept. 16. The estimated loss is $8,000.



A blue Ford F-150 was burglarized in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue sometime between 10 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 15. The burglar used a pry tool to defeat the lockbox on the vehicle and stole two DeWalt impact guns and an eye bolt. The burglar then broke the window to the vehicle and removed two bags that contained a DeWalt impact gun and circular saw and a bag of hand tools and a socket set. The estimated loss is $1,650.

A garage was burglarized in the 700 block of North Elmwood Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 17. The burglar gained entry to the garage by unknown means and stole a navy blue Trek Chelsea 4 with a brown leather seat and handles and a wicker basket on the handlebars. The estimated loss is $400.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Sept. 9-17, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: September 23rd, 2017 2:35 PM

Actually, YOUR race is irrelevant in this converation Maureen. You didn't commit a violent crime and you are not wanted by the police and the public does not need to protect themselves from you. I wonder if you would be saying the same thing if YOU were the victim and YOU wanted the perpetrator to be caught.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: September 21st, 2017 3:58 PM

My apologies Ramona. I guess I don't read very well and my reasoning skills are also deficient. My race is caucasian or white or whatever your preferred nomenclature. I believe that is a very important fact to add to this discussion.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: September 21st, 2017 10:33 AM

Maureen, I'll give you a pass on the Jimmy John's incident. Even though there were 2 drivers that could have potentially been seen. The man at 700 N. Hayes struggled with the perpetrator, describes his clothing, approximate, age, but no race? Really? That's not important to identifying a criminal? Open your eyes Maureen.

Ken Stucken  

Posted: September 21st, 2017 10:11 AM

Wut? If there was no eyewitness then how did they get his age, height, shirt color and pants description?

Kline Maureen  

Posted: September 21st, 2017 9:57 AM

It doesn't exactly say there was an eyewitness, does It? Could be that the driver was busy making the delivery and didn't exactly see who or how may entered the vehicle.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: September 21st, 2017 9:15 AM

Still not sure why descriptions of the perpetrators are not given when there are eyewitnesses. Sad state of affairs when the truth won't be told due to political correctness.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 19th, 2017 9:47 PM

Notice how this is reported. One theft, yet there are two victims, the driver, and Jimmy Johns in that their sign was stolen. Also, this is a theft, yet force, the bump, was used to stop the driver. Why not robbery? The pin and plywood at work here, not reporting all the offenses for a count.

Ken Stucken  

Posted: September 19th, 2017 4:37 PM

I hear those Amish teenagers have a thing for the Toyota RAV4 , or is that pronounced Rahmish?

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