A man suspected of having previously shoplifted items from the CVS store in the 7200 block of Circle was arrested again June 20 after he was allegedly caught with several cans of beer in his pockets.

Police were called to the retailer at about 9 p.m. and found 57-year-old Ernest Bryant, of Forest Park, exiting the store just as a manager emerged and fingered Bryan as the thief. According to a department report, authorities did a quick search of Bryant’s clothing and found two 24-ounce cans of Miller beer in his pockets. A pack of razor blades were allegedly recovered as well.

In the course of processing Bryant on a charge of retail theft, police discovered he was wanted on a county bench warrant for allegedly trespassing at a residence.

Woman accused of using alias

A 25-year-old Chicago woman was taken into custody June 16 for a handful of traffic violations, along with a charge of obstructing the police. According to a department report, Katrina Sewell repeatedly told an officer that her name was Tiffany Charles. She’s also accused of giving police a false birth date.

Sewell was stopped at about 9:30 p.m. after police watched her quickly change lanes while driving on Roosevelt, and then pull into a Taco Bell that was closed. With their suspicions aroused, authorities kept an eye on the car and when Sewell left the parking lot without using her turn signal, they stopped the car.

Repeatedly, according to their report, officers attempted to verify a driver’s license for the alias given by Sewell. When they could not, she was taken into custody for not having a valid license. It wasn’t until she was placed in the back of the squad car, police said in their report, that Sewell provided her name and birthday. As it turns out, she was wanted by Berwyn police for driving on a suspended license.

Difficult fare cited for obstruction

A taxi driver told police that after he drove three people from the city of Chicago to the corner of Elgin and Madison in Forest Park, they refused to pay the fare. With police on the scene of the early morning June 22 dispute, the passengers opted to pay the cabbie, according to a department report.

However, one of the customers, 28-year-old Melissa Fields, of Bellwood, began yelling obscenities and was warned several times to keep her voice down. She refused, according to police, and was about to be issued a citation. The officer asked for her full name so it could be written on the ticket, and after only giving her last name, Fields allegedly told the officer to “figure it out.” She was arrested for obstruction.

Public urination

While keeping an eye on the neighborhoods surrounding a strip of Roosevelt Road taverns, police saw a large crowd June 22 as the bars began to close. Fearing that the group might start to disturb residents, an officer walked over to the 20 or so people and asked that they move along.

As the group dispersed, the officer headed back to his patrol car on Marengo and saw a man urinating on the sidewalk outside of 1124 Marengo, according to a department report. The suspect, 30-year-old Antoine Walker, of Chicago, started walking away from the officer, but continued to urinate on the sidewalk, a lawn and the parkway. He was issued a citation for urinating in public.

Driver turns over marijuana

Jamar Griffin, of Chicago, was stopped June 19 while driving on Harlem Avenue for having tinted windows on his Oldsmobile, according to a department report. But Griffin wound up with a citation for marijuana possession after police allegedly found nine small bags of the drug.

It was about 4:30 p.m. when Griffin, 32, was stopped, and police asked him to step out of the car. According to a report, the man became upset and asked to speak “with a white shirt” in the department. The officer at the scene reportedly told Griffin that he could speak with a sergeant after being processed for obstruction if he continued to refuse to get out of the car. Police said in their report that Griffin then said he had marijuana in the car, and that he opened a dashboard compartment and handed the drugs over.

He was cited with two ordinance violations – one for the tinted windows and one for the marijuana.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between June 14 and June 21, 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

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Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the Forest Park police department’s hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.