In the early morning hours of Oct. 4, a motorist stopped at the Dunkin Donuts at 7200 Circle Ave. for a cup of coffee. While inside buying his java, an unidentified man helped himself to the unlocked, idling Ford Taurus and made a clean getaway, according to police.

It was shortly before 3 a.m. when the victim stopped at the coffee shop, according to a police report. A subject identified only by his thin build and beige jacket got into the car, which had been left running in the parking lot.

The thief sped off traveling south on Harlem Avenue and was followed by a cab driver who had witnessed the theft. Without a cell phone, the cabbie was unable to tell police where he was following the stolen car and eventually lost the vehicle as it headed west on Interstate 290 through Maywood.

The car was described as a four-door, 2005 green Ford Taurus.

Patrols yield drug-related offenses

Routine patrols of the village turned up several suspected ordinance violations for drug related offenses on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, according to police reports.

At 5 p.m. on Oct. 2, an officer watched as 38-year-old Tony McCallum of Forest Park attempted to board the el at the Circle Avenue station without paying. After allegedly admitting that he had not paid “because it was too far to walk all the way around,” McCallum consented to a search, according to police. In his pants pocket the officer found a glass pipe and he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a department report.

Later that evening the same officer stopped Kenneth Richardson, 31, of Elmwood Park, for driving with an expired registration. Richardson handed over his driver’s license and the officer asked whether there was anything illegal in the car, according to a department report. Richardson responded that he had a marijuana pipe in the center console and was cited for possessing paraphernalia.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 3, Rian Davis, 47, of Forest Park, was stopped in the 7400 block of Warren Street. The officer allegedly noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and Davis copped to having a small quantity of the drug with him. He was cited for possession.

All three suspects were ordered to appear at the village’s next adjudication hearing on Nov. 7.

Heavy trucks cited for weight

Three trucks traveling through Forest Park earlier this month were cited for carrying excessively heavy loads. On Oct. 2, shortly after 9 a.m., Jose L. Torres was issued a ticket for $425 after police found his truck to be 4,350 pounds overweight. Torres was driving a truck for Davis Tree Care, located in Forest Park.

Also on Oct. 2, Krzysztof A. Wasik received a ticket for $165 when his truck was found to be 2,800 pounds overweight.

In the late morning of Oct. 3, Jose Reiujio Jamie received a citation of $260 for driving a vehicle that was 3,000 pounds over the allowable weight, according to police.

All three drivers were ordered to appear at the village’s next adjudication hearing on Nov. 7.

Motorists told to turn it down

Three tickets were issued recently to motorists suspected of violating a local noise ordinance. Playing a car’s stereo so that it is audible 50 feet from the vehicle is prohibited in Forest Park.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, Dante C. Williams, 26, was cited for allegedly violating the ordinance. Williams, a Maywood resident, was traveling in the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue at the time of the alleged infraction.

Lenny D. Hubbart, 24, was driving east on Madison Street at the intersection with Circle Avenue on Oct. 3 when he was cited for playing his stereo too loudly. “The bass was rattling the interior of my squad car,” the ticketing officer said in his report.

Also on Oct. 3, Cory Grant, 36, of Bellwood, was found to be in violation of the noise ordinance, according to police. Grant was traveling in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue when he was pulled over.

All three drivers were ordered to appear at the village’s next adjudication hearing on Nov. 7.

Suspects nabbed by traffic stops

A pair of warrants were enforced earlier this month after police discovered the suspects during routine traffic stops.

Eduardo G. Gonzalez, 44, of Chicago, was wanted on an outstanding no-bond parole violation issued in early September. Gonzalez was arrested Oct. 2 after police stopped a suspicious vehicle in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road.

On Oct. 3, police apprehended Larry S. Bailey, 48, also of Chicago. A warrant for Bailey’s arrest was issued in late August for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. Police discovered Bailey after stopping a vehicle at the junction of Harlem and Circle streets for failing to obey a traffic signal.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Sept 28 and Oct 5, 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