Last week: 18 Wilmette Auto Burglaries in One Week
Randy McKenzie, 46, of the 3200 block of 49th Street, Cicero, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a CTA employee on the Linden station platform at 11:05 a.m. on Nov. 7. According to the police report, the victim said he had observed McKenzie smoking a cigarette on a train platform. When the victim told McKenzie to put the cigarette out, McKenzie allegedly became angered and began walking toward the train yard. The victim said he attempted to stop McKenzie, because passengers are not allowed in that area of the station. As the two walked back toward the train, McKenzie allegedly yelled at the victim, shoved him into a wooden storage box and threatened to beat him. Following the alleged incident, the victim called CTA dispatch agents, who in turn called the police.
McKenzie reportedly provided a different account of events, saying that the CTA employee badgered him after he had fallen asleep on train and lit a cigarette onboard. McKenzie said the employee followed him off of the train, yelled the words “hit me, hit me” at McKenzie, walked McKenzie to a turnstile and left McKenzie with other CTA employees.
An unknown offender stole a gas-powered leaf blower valued at $500 from an unattended landscaper’s trailer parked in the 1900 block of Washington Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 8. The victim reportedly told police that he had been working in the backyard of a local home when the tool was taken from an open trailer attached to the back of his truck.
A bicycle valued at $265 was stolen from the 700 block of Green Bay Road sometime between 8:33 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 9. The owner reportedly told police that he did not remember how he had secured the bike, because he was in a hurry to catch the Metra train.
Attempted Residential Burglary
A man living in the 100 block of Central Park Avenue told police at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 that someone had attempted to break into his home a few hours earlier by cutting a small hole in a rear window screen. The man reportedly told police that the burglary attempt likely occurred sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day. Police reported no damage to the window or window frame, and could not find footwear impressions or additional evidence.
Mildred V. May, 28, of the 5000 block of North Keeler Aveneue, Chicago, was charged with misdemeanor theft after allegedly stealing approximately $200 worth of merchandise from a department store located in the 3200 block of Lake Avenue between 4:30 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. on Nov. 11. According to the report, a loss prevention agent told police Way had stolen two rings, two pairs of earrings, a wallet and a winter jacket. Way reportedly admitted to taking the items, saying she had no money and needed Christmas gifts for her friends and relatives.
Daniel J. Fischer, 22, of the 100 block of Prairie Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in his driveway, shouting throughout his neighborhood and harassing police.
Moises Alvarez-Pinto, 23, of the 1000 block of Central Avenue, Highland Park, was arrested for driving without a valid license after he was stopped for speeding in the 1500 block of Lake Avenue at 4:51 a.m. on Nov. 9.
Tony Wofford, 47, of the 9200 block of South Ada Street, Chicago, was arrested for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped for an equipment violation in the 400 block of Romona Road at 8:01 p.m. on Nov. 9.
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