There were six instances of stolen cars or people being found in stolen motor vehicles last week in Oak Park. Robert T. Quinn, 31, of the 4700 block of Madison Street was stopped on the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road the morning of March 8 and arrested for being in possession of a vehicle allegedly stolen in North Riverside. Quinn was also found to be wanted on a Lyons warrant for auto theft. The day before, police stopped Tanara L. Gill, 19, of Chicago and Christopher Van Astine, 20, of Melrose Park, and charged them with being in possession of a 1987 Ford Bronco.

  • The afternoon of March 8, a 1996 Acura Integra, valued at $7,000, was stolen from the 1200 block of North Elmwood Avenue.
  • Sometime between March 1 and March 7, a 1999 Ford Taurus, valued at $2,500, was stolen from the 500 block of North Cuyler Avenue.
  • The afternoon of March 6, a Toyota Corolla, valued at $1,700, was stolen from the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard.
  • Overnight on March 6, a 1989 Plymouth Voyager was stolen from the 800 block of South Euclid Avenue. The car was later recovered near 31st and California in Chicago.


  • A 12-year-old Oak Park boy reportedly had his cellphone stolen by two 16-year-old Chicago girls outside of Hatch School Saturday afternoon. Police spotted and chased the pair, catching one just east of Austin Boulevard. She gave up her accomplice, and they were identified by the boy. The cellphone was destroyed after the girls ditched it while being pursued.
  • Two male teens grabbed a purse containing $16 from a woman walking on the first block of Madison Street the evening of March 11.


  • Michael A. McCardle, 26, of Schaumburg was allegedly observed by Oak Park officers on the 400 block of South Boulevard wearing a belt around his arm the afternoon of March 5. Police say McCardle also had needle tracks on his arm. A search of his vehicle turned up three capped needles, six empty foil packets and a spoon with a white residue on it.
  • Paula L. Hanamoto, 39, of the 7400 block of West Irving Park Road was stopped for traffic on the 1600 block of North Austin Boulevard the afternoon of March 5.
  • Lorenzo R. Hicks, 24, was stopped by River Forest police as a suspicious person on the 7900 block of Madison Street the afternoon of March 9. He was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, and various traffic offenses.


  • Jocelyn Bohannon, 27, of Cicero allegedly entered an apartment on the 600 block of Lyman Avenue via a front door the night of March 11 without the resident’s permission. When the resident confronted her, she reportedly began fighting with her. Arresting officers say Bohannon had a glass pipe with copper mesh in her possession that is commonly used to ingest drugs. She was also wanted on an arrest warrant for burglary.
  • Overnight on March 5, someone broke the side window of a Chevy Impala parked on a garage apron on the 1000 block of Highland Avenue. An I-Pass device and the car’s garage door opener were stolen.


  • Terry Coulter, 43, approached an Oak Park officer at Harrison Street and Austin Boulevard around 3 a.m., March 10, and asked for a ride home. A consensual search of Coulter allegedly turned up two debit cards and a “large amount of change,” reportedly proceeds from panhandling.
  • A 13-year-old boy, attending a basketball team tryout at Trinity High School the evening of March 8, had his coat and athletic bag stolen. Total loss was estimated at $490, including $50 cash.


Tyrone Clark, 38, was arrested for alleged DUI after reportedly being found by police slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car near Chicago and Monroe avenues, River Forest, around 2 a.m., March 7.

Outside warrant

  • Shermain Lewis, 52, of Chicago, was arrested after allegedly being observed taking mail from from a box on the 1100 block of Lexington Street the evening of March 7. Lewis, who was convicted of mail fraud for stealing a total of $210 from envelopes while working at the Chicago Post Office in 1999, was also charged with violating federal probation.
  • Michael Charmoli, 22, and Jesus M. Melgoza, both of Chicago’s far Northwest Side, were stopped on suspicion the afternoon of March 11 on the 400 block of North Oak Park Avenue. Charmoli was allegedly found to be wanted on a warrant for battery, and Melgoza on a warrant for probation violation.
  • William Clemons III, 21, of the 900 block of South Boulevard, was allegedly in a physical altercation with a family member the evening of March 6. A name check revealed that Clemons was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff on a bond forfeiture warrant for burglary.

Aggravated assault

A motorist pulled alongside another motorist on the 600 block of South Harvey Avenue the afternoon of March 5, pulled a baseball bat from behind his seat, yelled profanities at the man, then started swinging the bat and threatening to strike the man’s vehicle. He then fled southbound on Harvey.


  • Another Oak Park and River Forest High School student turned himself in on March 6 to police in relation to criminal defacement of property at OPRF in August, 2006 and on Feb. 15, 2007.
  • Michael A. Romasanta, 24, was stopped by policein the Concordia parking garage the afternoon of March 5. After a Concordia student told police that Romasanta resembled a man he’d seen put grafitti in an elevator, Romasanta reportedly admitted to police that he had written the term “IPU” in an elevator. He was ordered not to return to the campus.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 5 to March 12. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

Crime Plus

Copper downspouts still coming down

Six more instances of theft or attempted theft of valuable copper downspouts occurred in Oak Park and River Forest last week. A man confronted another man whom he observed pulling down a 5-foot section of copper spout from Ascension Church, East Avenue and Van Buren Street. The witness gave police the description of the thief’s van and a partial license plate number.

  • A building on the 700 block of Ontario Street suffered an estimated $500 in damage when someone attempted to steal a 20-foot section of copper gutter during the day March 6.
  • A 20-foot section of downspout, valued at $250, was stolen from a building on the 700 block of North Oak Park Avenue, overnight on March 8.
  • Between March 2 and 9, a 16-foot section of copper gutter, valued at $350, was taken from a residence on the 200 block of North Grove Avenue.
  • Overnight on March 8, two 10-foot sections of copper gutter were stolen off a business on the 7700 block of North Ave.
  • Two 5-foot sections of gutter were ripped off River Forest Presbyterian Church, 7551 Quick Ave., sometime between March 3 and 7.