A routine traffic stop at a CTA bus terminal on the 700 block of Desplaines Avenue resulted in an arrest for drug possession. The incident occurred July 10 at 5:35 p.m.

A Forest Park police officer noticed a 1999 gold Jeep Grand Cherokee disobeying an ‘authorized vehicles only’ traffic sign. While talking with the suspect, Cesar Sobrazo, the officer noticed a plastic baggie containing a green leafy plant-like substance in plain view resting on top of a duffel bag in the back seat. At that point the driver and passenger were ordered out of the vehicle.

While conducting a field interview Sobrazo allegedly admitted that the suspected cannabis belonged to him. The Chicago native was then placed into custody and an inventory search was performed on the rest of the vehicle. During the search, authorities recovered from the duffel bag one blue plastic baggie containing an off-white chunky substances and one cloudy glass pipe with a metal filter in one end which is commonly used for inhaling crack cocaine.

Once taken to the station Sobrazo, 38, was read his Miranda rights and questioned. The suspect allegedly admitted to being a crack cocaine addict for the past 20 years and that he had purchased the drugs at approximately noon that day from an unknown suspect in Chicago near the area of Cicero and Grand.

After performing tests on the recovered substances authorities did confirm that the leafy substance was cannabis and that the chunky, off-white substance was crack cocaine.

Caregiving burglar

A home on the 900 block of Hannah Avenue was burglarized and the victims believe it was an inside job. The incident occurred on July 6 between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Due to the lack of physical signs of forced entry and disarray, time of occurrence and the fact that someone is almost always home, the victim suspects that the burglar was the recently released caregiver for his wheelchair bound father.

In early June of this year the victims, after a friend’s recommendation, hired a person to work five days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On June 6 the victim explained that a personal family friend had been hired as caregiver for the father and that the caregivers last day with the family would be June 7.

After breaking the news, the victims went out to dinner. Three days later they noticed that several items were missing from their jewelry boxes. Missing was a gold men’s wedding band, a 14k gold chain, a gold pinky ring with design, a marquise and sapphire 2k with 14 diamond ring and a pair of gold hoop earrings.

The victims have tried unsuccessfully to contact the former caregiver.

Criminal damage to vehicle

 After calling in a complaint to the Forest Park Police Department on one of her neighbors, a woman on the 900 block of Beloit Avenue feels that neighbor retaliated by slashing her tires. The incident occurred on July 7 at 9:50 p.m.

The victim had complained to authorities the previous night that her neighbor had driven his miniature motorcycle up and down the street after being told by police not to. Authorities recall dealing with the person about the incident and described him as allegedly making derogatory comments about whoever called him in and said that he knew exactly who called.

The victim reported that around 10 p.m. at night she heard a pop and a hiss coming from outside. She discounted it but told her husband jokingly that the neighbor had probably just slashed her tires. When she woke up the next morning she noticed that the tires on her 1992 purple Chevy Pickup were stabbed several times in the sidewall, eight times to be exact. The victim stated that she did not see an individual stab her tires but feels very strongly that he is the offender.

 A Forest Park woman had the hood of her car damaged after she parked it on the 100 block of Rockford Avenue. The incident occurred on July 9 between 2:30 a.m. and 5:35 a.m.

The victim reported that the vehicle was damaged when she parked her vehicle. At that time the victim’s friend received a call from a possible offender.

The alleged offender claimed that he was going to damage the victim’s car. The victim did not believe the caller because he allegedly has made threats in the past but has never followed through.

When the victim returned to her car it was damaged. The approximate cost of the damage is $200.

 These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between July 6 and July 10 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