Lake Theatre robbed in broad daylight

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

The Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., was robbed on Nov. 18 at 8:45 a.m. A masked man approached a manager outside the theater's entrance and ordered the manager into the office. The man reached into the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt and showed the manager the handle of what was believed to be a handgun. 

Once inside the office, the manager opened the safe and handed the man cash. The man took the manager's black backpack and stuffed the money inside. The approximate value of the loss is just under $7,000. The man was caught on security camera leaving the movie theatre and traveling westbound on foot down Lake Street.

Police describe the man as being black, around 50 years old, of stocky build and around 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, gray sweatpants and a black neoprene face mask. According to Doug Clayton, one of the movie theater's managers, no one was injured during the robbery.


Armed robbery

As an Oak Park woman was entering the vestibule of her apartment building at 6:10 p.m., Nov. 21, in the first block of Randolph Street, two teenage males, one with a knife, approached her from behind and demanded her purse, which she gave them. Her purse contained car keys, cellphone and wallet with $200.

The two men subsequently stole her black 2016 Chevy Impala from the parking lot. The car was located parked in a lot on the 100 block of North Lotus in Chicago. One perpetrator is described as black and of thin build, around 5 feet 6, last seen wearing all black and carrying the knife. The second was also black and of thin build, around 5 feet 3, and also wearing all black clothing.



A man pushed a Berwyn resident against a wall, bit him in the arm and stole his iPhone XR after the resident refused to hand it over at 4:24 p.m., Nov. 21, in the 500 block of South Oak Park Avenue. He then fled southbound in the west alley of Oak Park Avenue. Police describe him as being about 22 years old, 5 feet 8 and slim, wearing a white-striped black hoodie with Calvin Klein on the sleeve, black sweatpants, blue underwear and black shoes.  



Police arrested a Chicago juvenile for hijacking a vehicle belonging to an Oak Park juvenile on Aug. 30 in the 1100 block of Randolph Street. The juvenile was taken into custody from the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center at 1100 S. Hamilton Ave. at 10:05 a.m., Nov. 20, and transported to the Oak Park Police Station for processing.



An Oak Park resident's iPhone 7 was stolen after two people — a female and a person of unknown gender — approached him and asked to use it at 4:20 p.m., Nov. 19 in the 700 block of Fillmore Street. The victim handed over the phone and the two people went into an alley to use it. After waiting for half an hour, he walked to the alley and the two people were gone. Police describe the female as around 5 feet 9 and 140 pounds, wearing all black. The second person was approximately 5 feet tall and wore a black hoodie with a red hood.

Six unsecured 6-inch birch poles were stolen in the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue between 5 p.m., Nov. 18 and 4 p.m., Nov 19.

Packages were stolen from two residences in the 200 and 300 blocks of North Elmwood Avenue, Nov. 19. A FedEx package containing a white iPhone 11 was taken off a porch in the 200 block by a thin man with a black hoodie tied around his face and wearing a black three-quarter length puffy coat with blue jeans and boots, carrying a rake. 

In the 300 block, the packages were opened, and their contents discarded by a man wearing a black stocking cap, a dark green jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, khaki pants and black shoes. 



Someone entered an Oak Park resident's garage through an unlocked side door, then opened the unlocked 2012 silver Honda CR-V and stole four microphones, two bass cables, two amplifier cameras, guitar stand, extension cord, five music stands, four microphone cables, face wash, lotion and four bags of flour between 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 and 8 a.m., Nov. 21 in the 400 block of South Humphrey Avenue.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports, Nov. 18-24, 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 Stacey Sheridan

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: November 30th, 2019 7:49 PM

Thank you Jeffrey and Jason. As an advocate for prudent and fiscally responsible elected officials and a victim of rape, I would not recommend that description.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: November 30th, 2019 4:32 PM

Thank you, Jason Cohen. Seconded.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 30th, 2019 2:43 PM

@Corey, take exception to the tax situation all you want but to use the term rape is disgusting and demands an apology. Don't trivialize this term for your silly comments. You're an adult and should know better than to take a very serious crime and equate to a hit on your wallet.

Corey Gimbel from Oak Park  

Posted: November 30th, 2019 1:21 PM

How about the robbery/theft/rape that the taxpayer's of Oak Park are being subjected to by various governmental bodies with no IMMEDIATE recourse available?

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 27th, 2019 8:15 PM

It is hard to understand how a sitting Trustee thinks we do not need more police to protect us after reading this. Armed robbery of a business in DTOP. Weekly carjackings. Thefts from the front doors of homes across the town.

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