By Nona Tepper
Charged with robbery on the CTA
Two men got into a fight on the Blue Line el train about 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 2, after one allegedly tried to steal the other's phone.
Carlos Montana Brown, 18, of Chicago, approached a passenger while they were on the train at 711 Desplaines Ave. in Forest Park and reportedly asked, "Who you with?" several times. The man said he felt Brown was acting oddly so he put his phone in his pants pocket, and put his hand over it. When Brown demanded the phone, the man resisted. Brown allegedly stuck his hand in the man's pants pocket and ripped the phone out, ripping the man's pants in the process.
The two then started fighting on the train, and Brown punched the victim in the face and pulled his hair. By the time the train approached the Austin Blue Line stop, the man got his phone back and called police.
Oak Park police arrived and placed Brown in custody. Brown told police he didn't feel well and was transported to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where he tested positive for PCP and amphetamines.
He was charged with one count of robbery.
Two men robbed outside barbershop
Forest Park police arrived at an apartment in Berwyn at 4:46 p.m. on Sept. 4, where two men said a man with a gun robbed them outside Fade City Barber Lounge, 7233 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.
The Berwyn men, 16 and 19 years old, said they were leaving Fade City when they saw a man hanging in the alley behind the store. One recognized him as an employee at the REM temporary staffing firm whose hair he had cut.
The man took out a 9mm handgun and ordered the men to give up their belongings, taking their iPhones, a pair of headphones and $180 cash.
Police recover stolen Chicago car
A police officer was driving down Harlem about 3:33 p.m. on Aug. 24 when he saw a Buick abruptly stopping and incorrectly merging onto Interstate 290.
He checked the Buick's license plate and found the car was reported stolen in Chicago on Aug. 23.
The officer followed the driver onto the expressway and when it exited at Austin Boulevard. By then, two other Forest Park police squads arrived and were able to box the car in at a red light.
The two passengers and driver were charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle. In the backseat of the Buick, police found a backpack full of over-the-counter medication.
The victim told police the keys were in the parked Buick's ignition at the time it was stolen.
Dodge stolen from service station
A Dodge Durango was stolen from the Hawk Chrysler Dodge Jeep service station, 7911 Roosevelt Road, at 3:07 p.m. on Aug. 31. Because employees at were working on the car, they parked it with its keys in the ignition. An employee, who said he was on the other side of the facility, saw two sets of feet near the vehicle, heard the doors slam and then the Dodge Durango accelerated out of the service station.
Beanie Babies, bags stolen from Hallmark
A man stole beanie babies, bags and hair clips from Schauer's Hallmark Shop, 7443 Madison St., about 1 p.m. on Aug. 31. The man entered wearing an apron and carrying a large cardboard box, which he set aside on entering the store. He walked the aisles and then quickly left with something colorful tucked between himself and the box.
The manager searched the store and found he stole six bags, valued at $20.99 each; 24 hair clips valued at $2.95 each; and an unknown number of Beanie Babies.
Two cars broken into
Between 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 and 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, someone broke into a Subaru parked on the 600 block of Grove and stole $5 in change. The victim said her doors were unlocked.
Sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, someone broke into a Ford Escape parked on the 600 block of Ferdinand and stole a laptop and backpack containing an external hard drive. The victim's doors were unlocked.
Wallet stolen at Walmart
Someone stole a Chicago woman's wallet from the Walmart parking lot, 1300 Desplaines, at some point on Sept. 1. The woman told police she was shopping, paid for her items, and took her cart back to her car. She was distracted by her child for a second, and believes someone took her wallet from her cart then. Her wallet contained $140 cash, two checkbooks, her driver's license, U.S. passport, two credit cards, and her own and the child's social security cards.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Sept.4-10, 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