Police responded to an armed robbery call from the White Hen Pantry at 7600 Madison St. on Nov. 24. An evening clerk told them that a black male with light skin wearing a black coat, white shirt, and a black-and-white tie had entered the store and asked for two packs of cigarettes. When she turned around with the cigarettes, he asked her for the money in the registers, lottery money, and money from the store’s drop box. She thought he was joking and said, “No,” at which time he pulled a small black handgun from his jacket pocket and pointed it at her.
The clerk opened the register drawers and the man grabbed the money and left. The clerk reported that $108 was taken from the drop box, $217 was taken from the lottery money, and an unknown amount was taken from the register.
The register drawer and the tape from the store’s security camera were taken by a River Forest evidence technician for further analysis.
Man robbed on train
A North Riverside man called police on Nov. 27 after waking up on a CTA train at the Desplaines Avenue stop to find his wallet missing and his inside coat pocket cut out.
The man had boarded the train at the Belmont Avenue stop in Chicago. His wallet, he told police, contained an ID card, $200 in cash and three credit cards. He said he did not notice any suspicious people on the train.
An employee of the Amoco gas station at 7200 Washington Blvd. called police on Nov. 26 regarding a panhandler who had been soliciting money inside the store.
The employee told police that when he confronted the panhandler, who had been “very aggressive” with the customers he asked for money, the man exited the store stating, “Come outside and I’ll kick your [expletive],” then stood immediately outside the store refusing to leave.
When the employee called police, the man left the store, but officers were able to locate a man matching the description, and immediately identified him as Charles Perry, whom they had arrested several times for solicitation in the past. He was taken into custody and given a June 10 court date.
“Compiled by Seth Stern
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Nov. 21 and 28 and represent only 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.