Crime Blotter, Feb. 11

By Anthony Garcia

February 11, 2014


Two glass jars containing $600 in coins were stolen from a home in the 900 block of North Harvey Avenue between 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 and 11:30 p.m. Jan. 31, police said. Entry was gained by breaking a rear door window, police said.

About $2,230 in electronics and jewelry were stolen from a home in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 24, police said. Entry was gained by using a pry tool open the front door, police said. The stolen items included an Apple iPad, iPad case and jewelry, police said.

A 48-year-old Chicago woman and a 26-year-old Chicago man were arrested Jan. 22 after trying to con a 92-year-old Oak Park man out of $562, police said.

Con Artist

Donna Grant and William Gibbs, both of the 400 block of North Lawler Avenue, were charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person, police said.

Grant told the elderly man, who lives in the 900 block of Pleasant Avenue, that she had recently suffered a head injury and needed surgery, police said. She then asked him to write a check for $562 to pay her doctor, police said.

Gibbs pretended to be Grant’s doctor and the three went to Chase Bank, 1048 Lake St., the elderly man’s bank, to cash the check, police said. A teller alerted police to the incident and Gibbs and Grant were arrested, police said.

Burglary/Drug Arrest

Oak Park police settled for drug charges after witnesses failed to identify a Chicago man tracked through a vehicle used in a failed burglary attempt on Jan. 24, police said.

Christopher Ephraim, 24, of the 3800 block of South Rockwell Avenue in Chicago, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after police found him carrying five hydrocodone pills and one diazepam pill without prescriptions, police said.

Ephraim was arrested at 3:50 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Talman Avenue in Chicago, when detectives waited outside a home to which a Chevrolet Trailblazer involved in an Oak Park burglary attempt was registered, police said.

Ephraim was not identified in a police line-up in connection with the attempted burglary in the 600 block of Carpenter Avenue at about 2:15 p.m. the same day, police said.

In that incident, two men began banging loudly on the home’s rear kitchen door, police said. A resident of the home yelled at them, and a neighbor saw them get into a gold Trailblazer and drive south on Carpenter, police said.

The witness reported the vehicle’s license plate to police, who traced it to the 3900 block of South Talman, police said.

One of the men was carrying a crowbar, police said. A crowbar was used in an attempt to gain entry to the Oak Park home, police said.