Crime Blotter – November 17

Pellet hits School of Rock 

Oak Park police report that the School of Rock, 219 Lake St., was shot with a pellet gun sometime between 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. The single shot from the pellet gun damaged the 4-by-5-foot front windowpane of the business, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage.


An Oak Park woman was robbed in the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue on November 7, at 9:30 p.m., according to Oak Park police. 

The woman was approached by both a woman and a man. The female offender asked the victim for a cigarette and the man demanded the victim’s belongings. The victim handed over her wallet and keys. Her car, a 2013 red Hyundai Sonata, was later stolen. The total loss was estimated at $12,000.

Alleged burglars nabbed

River Forest police have charged two men with breaking into multiple vehicles on the morning of November 3, in the residential areas between Lake and Division streets and Keystone Avenue and William Street.

Police Chief Greg Weiss told the Wednesday Journal that the two men – Paul Evans, 40, and Stephen R. Grandy, 35, of Chicago – were arrested early on November 3, after River Forest police witnessed them acting suspiciously.

Weiss said there had been a string of recent car burglaries in the area, putting River Forest police on alert.

The two men allegedly broke into 10 unlocked vehicles in the area and police found large amounts of coins, cash, Bluetooth devices, an air compressor, tire pressure gauges and flashlights.

Weiss said that some of the vehicles were not broken into because they didn’t contain anything of value. 

“Some people wanted to make police reports and other people didn’t lose anything so they just wanted to let us know about it,” said Weiss.

Police said fingerprint evidence was linked to one of the offenders and both men gave verbal and written confessions to the crimes. 

Both were charged with one count of burglary and are being held at Cook County Jail until a November 12 court date.

Weiss advised residents parking their cars in public to “lock their doors and ensure their alarm system is activated.”