Police were alerted to a car reported stolen on Dec. 10 outside Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt Road, and soon spotted the vehicle and began pursuit.

The car was first seen heading eastbound on Roosevelt near Maple Avenue, and then turned southbound onto Home Avenue in Berwyn.

Since the car was traveling the wrong way on a one way street at a high speed on snowy roads, the officer pursued the car from a distance. The car, a silver 2003 Toyota Highlander SUV was later found to have crashed into a tree at 14th Street and Home Avenue, but the driver was gone.

The man who reported the theft first told police that he had started his car, then returned to the grocery store as it warmed up, and when he returned saw a man he knows as “Earl” drive off in the car.

When police searched the car for the owner’s ID, they found a black pistol later discovered to be a pellet gun, which the owner said must have belonged to Earl.

He told police that Earl had been dating his ex-girlfriend, and the three of them were scheduled to meet at Ultra Foods and then go out together that night.

When the owner was taken to the police station for further questioning, he changed his story and stated that he picked Earl up from the CTA Blue Line station and then drove to Ultra Foods to wait for his ex-girlfriend, at which time Earl pulled a gun and said, “I told you not to call my girl,” and ordered him to leave the car.

He did not say why he did not mention that Earl had threatened him with a gun earlier.

The man’s brother, the owner of the vehicle, told police that the man had previously received threats from his ex-girlfriend, and at one point a brick had been thrown at his home.

Woman robbed of designer purse at gunpoint

Police met with a woman on Dec. 6 who said she had been robbed by two men after exiting a bus at Desplaines Avenue and Madison Street. She said that she first saw the men following her as she walked northbound on Desplaines, but soon lost sight of them. Later, as she was walking eastbound on Dixon Street from Brown Avenue, she saw the offenders jump over a gate at 7416 Dixon St.

She said she was approached by one of the men while the other waited on the sidewalk. The first man said, “That’s a nice purse; you have to give that up.” When she refused, he pulled out a silver handgun from his pocket, loaded one bullet, and again demanded the purse.

The woman complied, and the men ran eastbound on Dixon Street toward Harlem Avenue.

Taken during the robbery was a brown and tan Luis Vitton purse which contained a wallet with $44 in cash, two bottles of perfume, two checkbooks, a social security card, and two credit cards.

Fake prescription arrest
at Walgreens

Police were dispatched to Walgreens pharmacy, 7200 Roosevelt Road, on Dec. 8 to respond to a report that a drive-thru customer had attempted to pick up a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller Vicaden.

A Walgreens pharmacist told police that he had been contacted by Steve Monchunski, the ER coordinator of McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, who reported that a prescription had been called in that he had not authorized. He said that several fraudulent Vicaden prescriptions had been called in to area Walgreens in the last week by an individual claiming to represent the hospital.

The driver and passenger of the car, both Berwyn residents were detained by Forest Park police. The driver told police that he had driven the passenger to Walgreens to pick up a prescription, and did not know that it was fraudulent.

The passenger said she had picked up four prescriptions from Walgreens in the past, three in Oak Park and one in Forest Park.

She said she receives $50 from a friend for each pickup, and told police that “a guy named Mike in Elmwood Park” phones in the prescription, but that she does not know him.

Both the driver and passenger were released without being charged due to a lack of evidence.

Homeless man claims he
was robbed, beaten

After receiving a phone call from a witness, police reported to the CTA Blue Line station at 711 Desplaines Ave. on Dec. 11 to investigate a possible battery.

The alleged victim, a homeless man described in a police report as “not well groomed, filthy and foul-smelling,” said that he had been approached by a man identified as Larry Gillard of Chicago, who demanded that he “give me all your money or I’ll kill you.”

When he told Gillard he had no money, he said, Gillard threw him to the ground and struck him in the head and body with his fist. The homeless man had visible injuries to his head, but refused medical treatment.

Gillard was taken to the police station, and told police that the homeless man had urinated on him as he walked past, so he “slapped the **** out of him.”

Asked if he had attempted to rob the man, Gillard responded, “Why would I ask that bum for money?”

The witness who reported the incident said he had observed Gillard hitting the homeless man, but did not hear the verbal exchange.

Due to the conflicting stories and lack of witnesses, Gillard was charged with only misdemeanor battery, and given a Feb. 7 court date.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 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.

“compiled by Seth Stern