A man told police that he parked his 1994 Buick Century in the CTA parking lot at 711 Desplaines Ave. at about 6 a.m. on July 25, but found it missing when he returned at 3 p.m.
He said that he found broken glass in the area where his car was parked, which he believed to be from the car’s window. He said the car contained two drills and several other tools as well as a gold necklace with a gold cross when it was stolen.
Criminal trespass to vehicle
Officer Michael Harrison spotted Eugene Thomas, 26, reaching into the rear passenger compartment of a Jeep Wrangler parked at 7200 Franklin Ave. on July 25.
When he asked Thomas what he was doing, Thomas said “I just wanted to know the time.” He explained that he used to own a Jeep and knew that if he pressed a button on the radio, the time would come up. He said he had realized there was no radio in the car just as Harrison had arrived.
The owner of the Jeep was contacted, and told police that his radio had been stolen from the car in a previous burglary. Thomas was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Wallet snatched at bar
According to witnesses, two men were seen walking back and forth past Healy’s Westside, 7321 Madison St., on the night of July 28. One of the men entered the bar and asked for a pay phone, and while the bartender was distracted the second man reached into an open front window and tried to take a women’s purse.
The woman was able to hold on to her purse, but her wallet fell onto a table and the man managed to grab it and flee westbound through an alley. The woman tried to stop the first man, but he pushed her away and also fled.
He was eventually apprehended by Detective Pete Morrissette after running past his unmarked squad car. He said he did not know that the other man he planned to take the wallet, but he fled the scene because he had a criminal history and knew police were on their way.
Underage drinker gets DUI
Police curbed a 1992 Buick that did not have its headlights on the night of July 27 on the 100 block of Harlem Avenue. Officer Bob Biel smelled alcohol on the driver, Daneal Maxey, 19. A name check on his driver’s license showed it was suspended.
The passenger, Timothy Macon, 20, seemed intoxicated as well. Both admitted to having “a little to drink.” Macon was given a local ordinance citation for underage consumption of alcohol, while Maxey was charged with driving under the influence, not having insurance, and driving with his license suspended.
Driver arrested with heroin
Officer Nick DeFors noticed a car failing to stop at two consecutive stop signs on Troost Avenue on July 25, and curbed the car on the westbound I-290 ramp.
The driver, Percy D. Wigley, 22, did not have a driver’s license, and while talking to him DeFors noticed a small piece of foil and a small section of a drinking straw in the car’s center console.
Noting that the foil and straw looked like heroin packaging, he asked both Wigley and a passenger if there was anything illegal in the car, and both said no. Neither admitted that the foil packet belonged to them. Police also found a sandwich bag with 19 similar packets in the glove compartment. The contents tested positive for heroin, and weighed 2.5 grams.
Wigley was charged with possession of a controlled substance and disobeying the stop sign, while the passenger was released.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between July 20 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.
Compiled by Seth Stern