Screwloose with a screwdriver-Forest Park police reports June 12-18

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By Thomas Vogel

Staff Reporter

Screwloose with a screwdriver

Forest Park police arrested a 19-year-old Chicago man on the CTA Blue Line platform, 711 Desplaines Avenue, for disorderly conduct, damage to government property and criminal trespassing after he allegedly threatened riders while holding a screwdriver.

The man reportedly damaged a sign inside a train car and "appeared to be irrational as he was yelling and screaming" at bystanders. The man initially resisted orders from police but, after one officer drew his Taser, he was handcuffed. CTA video shows the man damaging the sign, according to the police report.

Break-in at vacant home

Someone broke into a vacant home on the 1000 block of Elgin sometime between June 9 and the morning of June 12. A contractor who is currently rehabbing the home found the side, front and back doors open when he arrived on June 12. Nothing was reported missing.  

Stolen candy and pie

A 22-year-old Berwyn man was arrested June 12 around 10 p.m. after Walmart employees reportedly saw him steal pie and candy from the store at 1300 Desplaines Ave. Employees saw the man leave in a white van. Officers soon stopped a white 2003 Chevrolet van on I-290 and arrested the 22-year-old. He was wanted on an active arrest warrant from the Cicero Police Department. 

Bike theft

Someone stole two bikes, a blue and silver Roadmaster and a purple and silver Trek, from the tree where they were locked on the 800 block of Beloit, sometime between 1 p.m. on June 12 and noon on June 13. Each bike was reportedly worth about $120, according to the police report. No arrest was made. 

Motor vehicle theft

A 46-year-old Planet Fitness customer told police someone stole his locked 2011 black Jeep Patriot out of the parking lot as he exercised. The man told officers he went into Planet Fitness, 7530 Roosevelt Road, around 3 p.m. When he came out about two hours later, his car was gone. No arrest has been made. Surveillance video of the parking lot was unavailable, according to the police report. 

A 45-year-old Forest Park man told police someone took his 2012 Volkswagen Passat from inside his unlocked garage on the 900 block of Elgin on the night of June 16. He told officers he was unsure if the car was locked. The man is going through a divorce but reportedly called his ex-wife and she told him she didn't take the car and had last seen it parked in the garage earlier in the afternoon on June 16. The car's spare key, usually stored in the house, could not be found. 

Burglary

A 31-year-old Forest Park woman accidently left her garage door open overnight on June 13 on the 800 block of Ferdinand and two bikes were taken from inside — a men's Schwinn and a women's Trayl.

Someone shattered a window of Andrea's Restaurant, 7427 Roosevelt Road, during the night of June 17. The unknown offender reportedly used a piece of construction concrete from a nearby Roosevelt Road project to break the window and took "a couple rolls of fifty dollar bills" from an unlocked drawer. Nothing else was reported missing. An employee coming in for work around 5:30 a.m. on June 18 discovered the break-in. 

Theft

A 28-year-old Chicago woman was arrested for allegedly stealing $75 worth of Walmart merchandise on June 15 around 6:30 p.m. Walmart employees saw the woman use a self-checkout kiosk but only ring up a few items before leaving. Employees stopped the woman outside the store, 1300 Desplaines Ave., and called police.

Battery

Forest Park police stopped a 2015 Dodge sedan in the Walmart parking lot, 1300 Des Plaines Ave., and arrested the driver, a 25-year-old Chicago man, after he reportedly threatened employees inside the store on June 16 around 9 a.m. Walmart employees reportedly came upon a "disturbance" in the store. The man was reportedly "yelling and cursing at customers" and would not respond to the employees' demands to calm down. The man allegedly yelled "I'm going to blow the Walmart up!" and "bumped his chest into the manager's chest" before leaving the store and attempting to drive away. Police stopped him soon after in the parking lot.

Possession with intent to deliver

A 45-year-old Oswego woman was arrested, June 16 around 5:40 p.m., after police stopped the 1993 Toyota Camry she was riding in near Washington Street and Harlem Avenue. Police saw the Toyota's driver, a 39-year-old Oswego man, using a cellphone and swerving. Police reported seeing "visible sores/marks … consistent with that of narcotics usage" on both riders. Officers also found a digital scale in the backseat. The pair gave conflicting stories to officers, who found over $1,000 cash and 6 grams of heroin in the car. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, June 12-18, 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

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Jerry Webster  

Posted: June 22nd, 2017 8:35 PM

You are assuming that the person was mentally deficient, maybe he was doped up or just a jerk.

Colleen Vaughn Rosa from Forest Park  

Posted: June 22nd, 2017 6:33 PM

While I appreciate the appeal of catchy headlines, I think it is inappropriate to poke fun at mental illness. Using terms like "screwloose" only promotes the stigma associated with mental illness. Even though at least 18% of the adult population in the U.S. has a mental illness it continues to be viewed negatively, as if the individual is at fault. Furthermore, the stigma associated with mental illness often results in resistance of individuals to seek treatment. Please be more sensitive when choosing your words.

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