June 1, 2020 – Oak Park Police responded to calls of damage to eight local businesses overnight, one vehicle burglary and dozens of reports of graffiti.
Most of the damage reported to businesses was of broken doors and windows, although efforts are still underway to assess the full extent of the damage.
Police reported that most of the criminal activity had ended by about 1:30 a.m.
Businesses on North Avenue appear to have borne the brunt of the vandalism.
Damaged properties included the PCS Metro cell phone store, 6319 North Ave.; A-1 Pawn Shop, 6151 North Ave.; PNC Bank, 6621 North Ave.; and Suds 2000 laundry, 6045 North Ave., where thieves attempted unsuccessfully to take an ATM.
The MedMen marijuana dispensary, 1132 Lake St.; Oak Park Jewelers, 101 S. Marion St.; Walgreens, 811 Madison St.; and Dream Town shoe store, 4 Madison St., also sustained damage.
A vehicle was reported burglarized near Judson Baptist Church in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard.
Much of the graffiti reported was on overhead garage doors and some vehicles in the 1000, 1100 and 1200 north blocks of Hayes, Lombard and Taylor avenues, as well as nearby LeMoyne Parkway.
The Village is working on plans to help property owners remove graffiti as soon as possible.
The vandalism overnight came after a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew had been imposed by Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb at about 7 p.m., yesterday via an emergency declaration.
Earlier yesterday Village officials had issued a statement in response to the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, which had sparked widespread protests across the country.
The Village statement denounced and condemned the actions that led to Floyd’s death and pledged to work with the community to take shared steps in support of diversity, equity and inclusion.
A memorial for Floyd had been held yesterday by Village Hall without incident.