By Thomas Vogel
Four robbers steal Amazon driver's car, toss packages
Four unknown individuals robbed a 30-year-old Amazon driver of his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu on Aug. 4 around 2:30 p.m. as he was out making deliveries on the 600 block of Hannah Avenue. The Amazon employee, according to the police report, had just made a delivery when four people, described as 17 to 18 years old, drove up in a Dodge car.
One of them flashed a gun, and told the driver, "Get out of the car," which he did. The foursome threw the remaining Amazon packages out of the car and drove off. The Dodge was left at the scene. The Amazon employee's wallet and cellphone were in the Malibu at the time. No arrest has been made but Oak Park police later recovered two Amazon packages on North Boulevard in Oak Park.
Not concealed, not carrying
A 31-year-old car renter told police someone stole his 9mm semi-automatic handgun, valued at $600, from his parked 2017 Chevrolet Impala on the 100 block of Marengo on the night of Aug. 4. The man said he thought he locked the car, but no signs of forced entry were found. He had a valid conceal carry permit. The gun was loaded with 15 rounds at the time of the burglary.
Someone stole 12 truck batteries, each worth around $100, from three trucks parked at DVL Express, 1346 Hannah Ave., on the night of July 31. A DVL employee told police he suspects the thief crawled under a fence to get to the lot.
Three jackets, with a total value of around $6,000, were reported missing from Ladies & Gentlemen, 7610 Roosevelt Road, on Aug. 3 around 8 p.m.
Officers recovered about 9 grams of suspected heroin from a 30-year-old man driving westbound on I-290 on July 31 around 4:30 p.m. Police stopped the 2002 GMC Envoy after they noticed the driver talking on his cell phone. The driver was "physically trembling" when talking to police. Officers also saw a hypodermic needle in the back seat. The man eventually told police he had bought heroin, which officers found in a cigarette pack in the car.
Someone took an unlocked yellow Schwinn left outside the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on July 31 around 9:45 a.m. The bike's owner, a 44-year-old man, told police he had gone inside to use the bathroom. When he came out, the bike was gone.
Damage to vehicle
A 32-year-old woman told officers someone smashed the rear driver side window and rear window of her 2012 Land Rover while it was parked on the 7700 block of Yuba Street sometime between July 31 and August 1. Cost of repair was unknown at the time the police report was filed.
Police arrested two juveniles on Aug. 1 around 2 p.m. after finding about $80 worth of stolen merchandise from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., in their backpacks. According to the police report, a "passer-by" told officers he saw "several juveniles" behind the store, and one had a "handgun but wasn't sure if it was real or not."
The officer found the group, who then fled. A chase ensued and two of the juveniles were caught and the stolen goods, which included clothes and BB guns, were recovered.
Battery and motor vehicle theft
Forty-two-year-old Michael Key has been charged with battery and motor vehicle theft. Key, who according to the police report "appeared high on crack," hit a 63-year-old man with a piece of cardboard on the 1200 block of Circle Avenue around 7 a.m. on Aug. 3. The victim, who was walking his dog, noticed Keys "trying the doors" of nearby cars before he realized the victim was watching. According to the report, Key ran at the dog walker and hit him, then fled. No injuries were reported.
Later that day, police were called to the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue for a "suspicious" person driving a construction truck. Officers arrived and Key fled. Officers then got another call about a truck "that hit a grave marker in Waldheim Cemetery." The caller followed the truck to Portillo's, 7600 Roosevelt Road, where officers eventually arrested Key.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 31-Aug. 7, 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