Police received a call on March 20 reporting a mistreated dog being kept outside a home on the 900 block of Harlem Avenue. They found a rottweiler tied up in the backyard. According to a police report filed by Officer Jason Keeling, the dog cowered as he approached, and appeared to be nursing an injured back leg.

The dog was shivering from the cold and appeared underfed, with its ribs and shoulders visible. No food or water was left outside. The person who called police about the dog said that it was tied up in the yard every day regardless of weather.

The dog was taken back to the Forest Park police station, where the report states that it drank three bowls of water and ate a full bowl of dog food. It was taken to the Hillchester Animal Hospital. A note was left at the home advising the resident to call the police department. A local ordinance citation was issued for cruelty to animals and not having an animal license.

Break-in on Circle

A resident of the 1100 block of Circle Avenue returned home on March 20 to find that his apartment had been broken into. Officer Scott McLintock found that both the apartment building and the apartment’s front doors had matching pry marks, and a small safe in the apartment had been broken with the same pry.

Throughout the apartment, drawers were rummaged, and mail had been opened and sorted through. The resident said he suspected a woman who had lived with him until recently may have been involved, and showed officers a set of keys left on the counter which he said belonged to her.

The resident said that $400 was stolen from the safe.

Liquor store window broken

Police responded after a motion alarm went off at Famous Liquors, 7533 Roosevelt Rd. on March 22 to find the front door and front window broken. When a manager arrived, they viewed the store’s surveillance video and saw two men break the window with a chunk of concrete and a rock and kick the glass out of the window frame.

The men then ran between the buildings on the west side of the store, then came back and climbed into the store through the window and left seconds later. Police were unable to tell whether the men were carrying anything when they left. A manager will conduct an inventory check of the store to determine if anything is missing.

Fight at Randolph Street Depot

Police responded to a call of a disturbance at the Randolph Street Depot, 201 Desplaines Ave. A man told them that a Westchester resident approached him, grabbed him by his shirt and told him to get away from his girlfriend.

The victim told the man that he did not know what he was talking about, and the man began to strike him in the face with a closed fist. When bystanders separated them, the man took off running. Police searched the area but were unable to locate him. The victim said that he will sign battery complaints if police locate his assailant.

 These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 20 and 27, 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