Graffiti damages cars, garages

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A rash of graffiti broke out on the south side of Forest Park recently, when at least a half-dozen garages and vehicles were tagged with the initials TSN, according to police reports.

The vandalism was discovered on June 10 and 11, all within the 1000 block of Circle Avenue, Hannah Avenue and Beloit Avenue. In each case, the marks were made in black lettering, according to police. Four garages were struck, as were two vehicles, both of which are white.

No suspects were identified in the police reports.

Suspect gets thrill from shoplifting

A 20-year-old Chicago woman was arrested and charged with felony theft after allegedly shoplifting more than $130 worth of clothing from AJ Wright on Roosevelt Road. Police were called to the store on June 13 just before 6 p.m. after an employee reportedly spotted the woman stuffing the items underneath her shirt and into a handbag.

Diana C. Beamon was caught with three shirts, two pairs of shoes and a pair of jeans once authorities were able to conduct a search at the police station, according to a department report. Beamon allegedly told police she stole the items so that she could resell them on the street to pay her rent. However, Beamon later said she "does not need to steal because her father gives her money whenever she needs it," according to a police report. The woman allegedly said she enjoys the thrill of shoplifting.

Bricks used to smash car windows

Windows of two cars were damaged with landscaping bricks on the morning of June 12, according to police reports.

Along the 1000 block of Beloit Avenue, a man found the passenger-side window of his 1996 Dodge Caravan smashed with a brick, though nothing appeared to have been stolen, according to a police report. The damage is believed to have occurred between 1 and 9:30 a.m. The brick remained inside the van.

On the same day, at about 9:30 a.m., another man found his 2005 Hyundai Tucson with a shattered rear window and "deep scratches all along the passenger side from the rear to the front, including the hood," according to a department report. The car was parked behind his apartment building on the 7300 block of 14th Street. Authorities reported the vandalism likely occurred sometime after 2 a.m.

No suspects were taken into custody at the time the reports were filed.

Pair charged with $790 in thefts

Two women, 36 and 17, were charged with felony theft for their alleged role in shoplifting more than $790 in merchandise June 10 from Wal-Mart on Roosevelt Road.

According to a police report, Trina Durr, the elder of the two, and Keona Alexander entered the store at about 2:30 p.m. On a closed-circuit security camera, a store employee allegedly observed Alexander and Durr grab a large plastic storage container from a store shelf and begin filling it with various items. The pair was accompanied by two other women.

Allegedly discovered in the container were 115 boxes of Advil, Tylenol and other pain, along with 14 items from the women's clothing aisles.

Store security called police and as the suspects attempted to leave the building without paying, they were detained. While in the store's security room, Alexander and Durr allegedly told police that they were responsible for the stolen items and that the two other women should not be held responsible.

Those two women received citations for violating a local theft ordinance and will not have to appear in court.

A punch between friends

David Corrigan was charged with battery June 12 after allegedly punching a childhood buddy in the nose outside of a Madison Street bar.

According to a department report, Corrigan, 35, told police that he and his alleged victim have been chummy since fifth grade, but that he didn't like being told he ought to stop drinking and to call it a night. The bartender had apparently stopped serving Corrigan and tried to call a cab for him. When his friend attempted to escort him out of the bar, Corrigan, a Plainfield resident, allegedly punched him.

Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the department's hotline at (708) 615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between June 9 and June 16, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Josh Adams

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