Scratch on Lake burglarized

March 14th, 2017 3:25 PM

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Scratch on Lake burglarized

A video surveillance camera shows a man used an unlocked rear basement door to gain entry to Scratch on Lake restaurant, 733 Lake St., at 4:26 a.m. on March 7. Once inside, the burglar stole an iPad 2 Air and an attached charger. The estimated loss was $500.



  • An iPad was stolen by unknown means from an underage girl on the first floor of Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., sometime between 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. The estimated loss was $300.
  • A UPS package was stolen from the lobby of a building in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue sometime between 5:19 and 7 p.m. on March 6. The package contained a black iPhone 6S valued at $675.
  • Two men, both about 25 years old, were seen stealing an orange and gray STIHL circular saw from the front yard of a residence in the 400 block of Berkshire Street at 10:50 a.m. on March 10. The two fled the eastbound on Division Street in a burgundy Oldsmobile. The estimated loss was $1,200.


Robbery arrest

Markeyana Avery, 20, of the 500 block of North Leclaire in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, was arrested with a 13-year-old boy at 3:10 p.m. on March 8 in the 500 block of North Lavergne in Chicago, for a robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated identity theft that occurred on March 7 in the 1100 block of Schneider Avenue. The original police report noted that the woman was struck and robbed of her black purse, which contained an iPhone and credit cards, which the robbers attempted to use at several locations in Oak Park and Chicago. Two of those transactions went through in the amount of $110. The juvenile was taken to juvenile detention and Avery was held for bond hearings.


Criminal damage to vehicle

  • The front passenger window of a 2004 Chevrolet Venture was broken out by unknown means in the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. on March 4 and 11:20 a.m. on March 9. The estimated loss due to damage was $100.
  • A black 2013 Infiniti G37X was vandalized in the 400 block of North Ridgeland Avenue sometime between 5 p.m. on March 7 and 6:35 a.m. on March 8. The offender slashed all four tires, made scratch marks on the front hood and driver/passenger side doors. The estimated damage was $1,000.


Theft of motor vehicle

  • A black 2014 Hyundai Sonata that was left unlocked and running was stolen from the 600 block of Madison Street at about 5:25 p.m. on March 9. The estimated loss was $20,000.
  • A green 2010 Mitsubishi Diamante that was left unlocked and running at the Shell gas station at 6129 W. North Ave. was stolen at 9:53 p.m. on March 11. The vehicle contained an iPhone 7, Michael Kors watch, two jackets, an Illinois driver's license and a wallet containing various credit cards. The estimated loss was $4,500.


Criminal trespass to building arrest

A 27-year-old of the first block of North Lockwood Avenue in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, was arrested for criminal trespass to a building in the 700 block of Lake Street at 10:43 a.m. on March 10 after he was warned previously not to return. He was transported to the station and released on an I-Bond.


Residential burglary

A residence in the 1200 block of North Taylor Avenue was burglarized sometime between 1 p.m. on March 3 and 5 p.m. on March 6. The burglar gained entry by unknown means and stole a microwave, bed spread, knife set, TV stand, bathroom rug, shower curtain and bath towels. The estimated loss was $200.


Retail theft

A woman was seen by the store manager at Trader Joe's, 483 N. Harlem Ave., stealing a bag of frozen mandarin chicken and three containers of lettuce at 2:30 p.m. on March 6. She put the items into the bag and left the store without paying. She was last seen running northbound on Harlem Avenue. The estimated loss was $25.


Retail theft arrest

A 36-year-old man from Ravenna, Ohio was seen leaving the Jewel Foods, 7525 W. Lake St., and concealing stolen merchandise at 2:45 p.m. on March 2. He was approached by a River Forest Police Department plainclothes tactical officer. When the officer stopped the man, several boxes of Prilosec OTC fell to the ground. He later admitted to stealing several items from the store worth a total value of $105. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor retail theft.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, March 2-11, 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