Man stalked and robbed by two in a white truck
A 38-year-old Chicago man told Forest Park police, April 26, that two men took his wallet and cellphone on April 25 around 5 p.m. near the intersection of 14th Street and Harlem Avenue. The 38-year-old, who spoke to officers in Spanish through an interpreter, said he was walking south along Harlem Avenue when he spotted a white truck begin to follow him.
Two men got out of the truck and began speaking to him in Spanish, ordering him to get into the vehicle. The 38-year-old refused and one of the men then allegedly began pushing him toward the truck. The two men took the Chicago man's wallet, including an ID card, $30 in cash, and his cellphone. The victim tried to report the robbery to Chicago police and Berwyn police first, but was referred to the Forest Park police.
A 43-year-old Forest Park woman told officers, April 26, that a man stole a package with about $250 worth of swimsuits inside, from her front porch on the 800 block of Lathrop around 2:45 p.m. The woman captured the theft on video, which, according to the police report, shows an older-looking man wearing a hat, dark leather jacket with the number 82 and white stripes on it, taking the package and fleeing north on Lathrop Avenue. The package's UDSA tracking number shows it was delivered, according to the report.
Reginald Ousley, a 32-year-old Chicago man, was charged with one felony count of driving without a license after Forest Park police curbed his 2001 Cadillac Eldorado on the 1400 block of Harlem Avenue, April 26 around 6:30 p.m. According to the police report, Ousley's license was revoked earlier for leaving the scene of a fatal car accident. The man told officers he knew he was not allowed to drive but "had no choice." and was on his way to pick up his girlfriend at the time.
Motor vehicle theft
Someone allegedly stole a 2001 Red Ford F250 from a construction site on the 7300 block of Lexington Street on April 27 around noon. The construction company's owner told police he was walking toward the construction site when he saw the F250 driving eastbound on Lexington Street and then northbound on Harlem Avenue. He arrived at the site and told police none of his workers were aware the truck, which had been turned on with the keys inside, was gone.
The manager of a landscape service told Forest Park police, April 28 around 9:30 a.m., that some of his company's landscape equipment and a trailer, worth about $30,000 in total, was missing from the Woodlawn Cemetery parking lot, on the 7600 block of Cermak Road. The manager told police the equipment and trailer had been parked in the lot the day before around 5:30 p.m., and he realized it was missing the following morning.
Police arrested a 50-year-old Berwyn man and a 45-year-old man for theft, April 29 around 9:30 p.m., after a business owner allegedly saw the pair take a large metal bin, worth about $500, from outside the back entrance of his business, located on the 1400 block of Circle Avenue, and load it into a truck.
The business owner called the police, who were able to stop the truck on the 7200 block of Roosevelt Road, and return the bin to its owner. The pair told police they thought the bin was garbage. The business owner said the bin was "secured" before it was taken and that he had a similar theft issue about a month ago.
Police gave a 48-year-old Forest Park woman a "dog at large" citation for failing to use a leash after her pitbull allegedly attacked another dog, April 27 around 6 p.m., on the 400 block of Thomas Avenue.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 24-30, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Thomas Vogel