Motorist robbed on Austin Boulevard

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A Bolingbrook resident was the victim of vehicular invasion in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard at approximately 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 12.

According to police, two men approached the victim's vehicle from each side. The offender on the driver's side opened the unlocked car door, struck the victim several times and placed the victim in a hold.

The other offender then entered through the passenger side of the vehicle and took the victim's iPhone 7 and his wallet, which contained credit cards, ID cards and cash. The two offenders then fled on foot. The estimated loss is $870.


Fraudulent notary on the loose

An Oak Park business owner in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue was the victim of theft, but the offender didn't seek cash or goods. The thief, who was described as a man in his 30s, simply took a notary public stamp from a vacant desk drawer, according a police summary of the crime.

The offender is still at large. How much is a notary stamp worth, you may wonder? About $100, according to police.



  • A man posing as an employee of the Village of Oak Park told the victim he was there to "flush out the pipes" and entered the victim's residence in the 600 block of North Harvey at 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 13. The victim later realized there was cash missing from his wallet. The estimated loss is $70.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Harvey between 6:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 16. The offender entered through an unlocked basement door then ransacked the residence and stole a PlayStation 4 videogame system and two MacBook computers. The estimated loss is $4,000.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue between 10 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 10 p.m. on Nov. 11. The offender entered through an unlocked door and stole a black Microsoft Xbox 360 videogame system, 14 Xbox games, an Xbox controller and headphones. The estimated loss is $550.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Harvey Avenue between noon on Oct. 7 and 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 12. The offender entered through unknown means and stole a stove and refrigerator valued at approximately $3,100.


Vehicle theft

  • A silver 2008 Ford Escape that was left running was stolen from the 600 block of Madison Street at 6:46 p.m. on Nov. 16. The estimated loss is $6,000.
  • A black 2017 Nissan Rogue that was left running was stolen from the 600 block of South Boulevard at 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 16. The vehicle, valued at $30,000, was recovered by the Chicago Police Department on Nov. 18 in the 4600 block of West Huron Street in Chicago.
  • A silver Toyota Sienna that was left unlocked and running was stolen from the 1200 block of Rossell Avenue at 6:32 p.m. on Nov. 18. The vehicle was last seen leaving the scene followed by a small four-door black or dark-blue vehicle.


Jewelry stolen

A Wood Dale resident was the victim of theft in the 1000 block of Madison Street at noon on Sept. 4. The police summary gave few details about the crime other than to note that the thief "removed multiple pieces of a jewelry collection." The estimated loss is $24,700.



An Oak Park woman was robbed in the 1200 block of North East Avenue at 10:52 a.m. on Nov. 15.

She was approached by a man who forcefully removed her black leather purse and red wallet, which contained various cards, a checkbook, a gold iPhone 8 with a green case and cash. The estimated loss is $820.



A Berwyn man was the victim of battery in the 900 block of Madison Street at 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The offender shoved the victim approximately three times with his hands and attempted to strike the victim with a closed fist. The offender then fled on a blue bicycle.

He was described as a black man between the ages of 40 and 50, bald and wearing a red and blue winter jacket, blue jeans and a camouflage backpack.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Nov. 12-19, 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



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