Police were called to the 20 block of Bergman Court to investigate a noise complaint on June 27 at 10:48 p.m.
As an officer arrived he noticed two male suspects drop the bicycles they were riding and run away. The officer then left his vehicle and approached three juveniles to conduct an investigation. While talking to the three young men, a male suspect hopped onto one of the bicycles and allegedly started to ride away.
The officer shouted at the suspect, Tommy L. Strowder, of Forest Park, several times, asking him to stop. Once at the 200 block of Desplaines Avenue, Strowder stopped riding and turned around to yell at the officer allegedly saying, “What do you mean stop!”
The officer explained to Strowder the nature of his investigation and asked Strowder to dismount. Stroder allegedly refused, explaining to the officer that it was his bike and that he lived there.
Strowder then showed the officer his state ID card but refused to hand it over. The officer reported that he asked Stroder to leave the bicycle and walk over to his squad car.
Strowder allegedly replied “I’m not getting off. I’m gonna ride.”
The officer advised the offender that he would be placed under arrest for obstructing a police officer if he failed to comply, police report.
The officer then reported that he took out his taser gun and placed it at his side.
Despite the officer’s efforts, Strowder allegedly continued to ride away. The officer then pointed his taser at the offender and gave the final order to dismount.
The 28-year-old allegedly angrily jumped off of his bike and quickly approached the officer while clenching his fists.
At the same time, another officer arrived on the scene and helped assist in Strowder’s arrest, police report.
Once at the station authorities allegedly recovered two red plastic bags, with two tin foil packets from Strowder’s pocket. Inside the tin foil they found a white powdery substance.
Strowder allegedly lunged for the packets on the table and attempted to swallow the bags but was detained by several officers.
After testing the substance the white powder tested positive as heroin.
• Wal-Mart security allegedly caught one woman from Winnetka and two others from Bellwood stealing on June 27 at 9:12 p.m.
Security officers for Wal-Mart reported they watched as Jacqueline B. Turek, Anita D. Raggs and Latoya K. Powell stashing various lingerie items into their purses. The women then passed the last point of purchase without paying for the items and were detained once they exited the store, police report.
Added together the total value of all of the stolen goods was $127.14.
So close but so far away
• On the 8600 block of Roosevelt Road a painter watched on from his lift bucket as two men stole his spare tire. The incident occurred on June 29 at 10:29 a.m.
The painter stated that he witnessed two men in their twenties crawl under his white, 2003 GMC Sierra and cut a wire that held the spare tire in place. The unknown offenders then placed the tire into their black Buick Lasabre and drove away eastbound down Roosevelt Road.
The painter told police that he could not call them because he did not have a cell phone on him in the bucket, and further stated that he could not prevent the crime because the bucket lowers very slowly.
• These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between June 27 and June 29 and represents 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 yet been adjudicated.
“compiled by Povilas Zukauskas