Police saw a man sitting in a slouched position in a car parked in the Mobil gas station parking lot, 949 Harlem Ave. The police department has received numerous complaints of drug activity at the station, according to police reports.

Officers walked to the driver’s side door, and found Patrick Dunlop, 23, of Arlington Heights, with a shoelace tied around his left arm and a needle in his right hand. When Dunlop saw police, he reportedly shoved the needle down the left side of the driver’s seat. Police were able to see two clear plastic baggies containing an off-white substance, which later tested positive as heroin, on the passenger’s side floorboard. Police also recovered four needles from the passenger seat, according to reports.

After being ordered to exit the car, Dunlop reportedly told police “This is the first time I’ve used in a year. I’m sorry. I’m going to college. Can you give me a break?”

While Dunlop was being handcuffed, he began slamming his head into the rear window of his car. He continued slamming his head into the rear door and window of the police car while crying uncontrollably during the drive to the station and then at the station.

He was given felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stealing gas

An employee of the 7-Eleven store at 7749 Roosevelt Rd. told police on Feb. 8 that the driver of a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo pulled away from the gas pump after taking $32.80 worth of gas, according to reports. The employee ran out after the driver and tried to stop him, but was unsuccessful. The employee told police that the car slowed down as he approached but accelerated and continued northbound on Desplaines Avenue at a high rate of speed, reports state.

Jacket stolen

A man reported that his jacket was stolen at the Hide Away night club on Feb. 6. He said that he placed the blue Gap windbreaker on a chair, then returned to find it missing. He told police that there was $22 in cash in the jacket’s pocket as well as an Illinois ID card, a resident alien card, and a Social Security card. The man said he didn’t see anyone near the jacket but left the area several times and was otherwise occupied throughout the night, reports state.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 5 and Feb. 10, 2006 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