By Nona Tepper
Man bashes car window with kitchen pot
A Chicago man smashed a kitchen pot over the window of a Chevrolet Impala in the HOBO parking lot at 12:14 p.m. on July 4. Police spotted the suspect walking east on the 7500 block of Harvard. He admitted to breaking the window because he's got things going on in his life and he needed to get some aggression out. The estimated cost of replacing the windshield is $300. He was charged with criminal damage to property.
Head-butted at CTA Blue Line stop
A Chicago man told police he was robbed at the CTA Blue Line terminal at 10:51 p.m. on July 6. He said a man head-butted him and stole his new iPhone and wallet, which contained $60 cash and two credit cards. The man told police a CTA employee saw the attack and told him to use a payphone to report it. Instead, he walked to the police station, and was eventually transferred to Rush Oak Park Hospital for treatment.
Police found the victim had an active warrant for his arrest. He was accompanied to the hospital by a police guard, and will be placed in custody once he's released.
Bike stolen at McDonald's drive-thru
An Oak Park man rode his bike through the McDonald's parking lot at midnight on July 8. After picking up his meal, he sat in the parking lot at 420 Desplaines and ate his food. While he was eating, a man came up to him and asked if he could use his bike to order food through the drive-thru. The man gave the man his bike but, instead of going through the drive-thru, the man rode south on Desplaines with the Trek bike, which the victim said was worth $500.
At 2:20 a.m., police spotted the man riding the bike at the intersection of Madison and Burkhardt. Officers tried to stop him, but he refused to comply. Eventually, they were able to pull in front of the bike at Beloit, just south of Madison. Officers asked the man whose bike he was riding, and the man replied, "Dude from McDonald's." The man admitted he took off with the man's bike, rode to a bar named Ted's, had a few drinks and then planned to return to McDonald's to give the bike back when he was stopped by police. Since the victim got his bike back, the man said there was "no harm no foul." But he was charged with theft.
Two cars broken into
Between 7:30 p.m. on July 5 and 8 a.m. on July 6, someone broke into a Chevrolet parked on the 600 block of Ferdinand and stole a computer valued at $500, a camera valued at $500 and three camera lenses, valued at $175 each. The victim said he left the doors unlocked.
Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 7, someone took the passenger side rear-view mirror from a Toyota Avalon parked on the 7600 block of Roosevelt.
BB guns hit home, car
A woman was hanging out with her family at 10 p.m. on the 800 block of Circle on July 4, when she heard a loud bang and then noticed a hole through her house window. Her husband rushed her and her son to the back of the house and called 911. Police said it looked like the hole was caused by a BB or pellet gun shot. The woman said her neighbor had been hanging out with a gun in front of his home in recent days.
A woman parked her Chevrolet Tracker in the Walmart lot at 9:30 p.m. on July 6. When she returned to her car 30 minutes later, she realized her back window was shattered, and two empty, plastic cases of BB guns lay next to her vehicle.
Car scratched, punched, painted
Sometime between July 3 and 5, someone scratched, punched, painted and shattered the windows of a Subaru Legacy parked in the underground parking lot at 140 Marengo. There were fist imprints on the car door near the front passenger seat, and scratches near the rear passenger door. A blue, nail polish-like substance was smeared on the rear door and window.
The victim told police she parked her Subaru in a stall that belongs to someone else. She said that couple hasn't paid rent since January, and are in the process of being evicted.
A man who was in the parking lot on July 4 told police he saw two men getting "highly upset" about the Subaru being parked in the parking stall and heard one of them say something like, "Well, this [expletive] can clean up the mess."
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 2-9, 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 Nona Tepper