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A man facing a single drug possession charge told police the marijuana he was allegedly caught with fell into his hands, literally.

Marcellous J. Amos, 24, and his 19-year-old cousin were at a Forest Park gas station on April 23 when Amos allegedly approached a white van asking the occupants if they were selling. The two men in the van led Amos, a Forest Park resident, and his cousin to the 400 block of Marengo Avenue where one of the men placed a phone call on his cell phone, according to a police report. Moments later, a woman leaning from a second-story window dropped a clear plastic bag of marijuana to the street.

“I followed some guys in a white car and he called up to his girl, who dropped the weed out of the window, and that’s when you came,” Amos allegedly told police.

According to a police report on the incident, authorities were unable to identify the man who allegedly placed the phone call. Amos’ cousin was released without charges. The address where the illegal drugs were allegedly dropped from is 413 Marengo Ave.

Computer, lawn tools stolen

Sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. on April 23, an Adams Street residence was burglarized and several big ticket items stolen.

According to a police report, the offender used a screwdriver to pry open a back door to the condominium at 7221 Adams St. and swiped a computer, an iPod and jewelry. The alleged victim in the case reported the computer to be worth $2,500, the iPod at $150 and the jewelry at about $100. There were no suspects identified at the time the report was taken.

Earlier that same morning or perhaps late in the evening on April 22, a garage in the 600 block of Thomas Avenue was burglarized, according to police. Sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 4:45 a.m. the next day, someone allegedly broke into the garage and stole a lawn mower, a hand cart and the spare garage door opener.

The alleged victim in the case has since replaced the door opener, according to police.

Drug related charges

A 22-year-old Forest Park resident was cited for violating a local ordinance when police allegedly caught him with a small amount of marijuana. Jonathan Johnson, whose address was redacted from the arrest report, was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. on April 27 after the car he was riding in was pulled over for a traffic violation.

According to the report, police smelled “burnt cannabis” coming from inside the car when the 1997 Nissan Altima pulled over along the 7200 block of Madison Street. Johnson allegedly confessed to having “weed” in his pocket after police asked him to step out of the car.

“During a search of Johnson’s jacket, I recovered a clear plastic sandwich bag from inside his left jacket pocket,” Officer Tim Adams said in his report.

Inside that bag were six smaller bags of marijuana with an approximate total weight of 2 grams.

Also charged with violating a municipal ordinance is 45-year-old Jeanine Silas, of Chicago. According to a department report, Silas was caught with a crack pipe during a custody search at 4 p.m. on April 26. She was arrested outside of Thornton’s gas station on Harlem Avenue.

Shoplifter wanted on 4 warrants

A Chicago man facing a felony shoplifting charge was also nabbed on four outstanding warrants last month after authorities allegedly caught him stealing various items from a grocery store.

At about 12:30 p.m. on April 23, Antonio M. Finley, 35, was seen stuffing packages of Prilosec into the sleeves of his sweater by an employee at Ultra Foods on Roosevelt Road. Finley then wandered into the toothpaste aisle and crammed two packages of tooth whitening agents into his jacket, according to a police report. From there, the suspect grabbed a couple packs of refills for a shaving razor and attempted to leave the store without paying.

The value of the items totaled $398.45, according to police.

Once at the police station, authorities realized the suspect was wanted on four outstanding warrants, all for failing to appear in court after being charged with driving on a suspended license.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between April 20 and April 27, 2007 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 been adjudicated.

Compiled by Josh Adams