Authorities confiscated a loaded .40-caliber handgun Aug. 13 from the driver of a Buick who had stopped to let a friend out of the car to urinate.

Police noticed the car at about 2 a.m. because it was parked along the 400 block of Harlem where it was blocking traffic, according to a department report. By the parkway, police saw a man urinating near a trash container. That man, Marquaz Hopkins, 19, got into the Buick and police stopped the car shortly thereafter.

The driver, 40-year-old Gregory Hopkins, had a suspended license and was asked to step out of the car, according to the report. It was during a routine custodial search that police found the black semi-automatic handgun tucked into the man’s waistband.

Marquaz Hopkins attempted to take responsibility for the gun, even telling police at the station that they had found the weapon on him. An officer informed the man that squad cars are equipped with video cameras and the arrest had been recorded. According to police, Marquaz Hopkins did not offer any further statements.

Gregory Hopkins was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, driving on a suspended license and parking illegally. Marquaz Hopkins was cited for urinating in public. Both men are from Berwyn.

Passenger caught with heroin

After a patrolling officer saw Rosanne Ferazzo begin to drive the wrong way on a one-way street on Aug. 11, he turned around and followed Ferazzo’s car as she reversed course and got onto Harlem from Harvard. Initially, it appeared Ferazzo was going to stop when the officer turned on his emergency lights, but then she headed north toward the Eisenhower Expressway. She made it only a short distance down the ramp before being stopped, and investigators soon found approximately 10 grams of heroin in the car.

According to a department report, a passenger in Ferazzo’s car, Jay Hildibrand, 39, “was sweating profusely and appeared very nervous” as authorities questioned the woman about her driving. Ferazzo allegedly consented to have her car searched, and when police patted down Hildibrand they discovered a plastic bag tucked into his waistband. Inside the bag, police reported, were 26 smaller packages of heroin. Police also confiscated $120 in cash from Hildibrand.

Hildibrand, of Maywood, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. Ferazzo was not charged.

Suspect says money for drugs

After he was arrested Aug. 15 for allegedly stealing from the Wal-Mart located at Roosevelt and Desplaines, Michael Silas, 42, told police that he developed his scheme to support a drug habit and to purchase food.

According to a department report, Silas admitted that he scours the store’s parking lot for dropped receipts and then goes inside to find the items listed on the slip of paper. With the merchandise in hand, Silas said he attempts to “return” the items at the customer service desk for cash. He was arrested that day after security personnel at the store allegedly saw him run the scam with a bag of diapers and a shirt worth $34.

Silas, a Chicago resident, was charged with felony theft because of his arrest record that includes prior convictions for larceny.

Felony charge for stolen liquor

A 38-year-old Chicago man was charged with felony theft for allegedly swiping several bottles of liquor from the CVS store located on the 7200 block of Circle. According to a department report, Ronald Ford was chased by a manager at the store on Aug. 15 and was able to identify him for police once they caught up with the suspect on a nearby commuter rail platform.

Ford was carrying a black duffel bag when police arrested him and, in it, allegedly found two bottles of gin and a bottle of vodka with a total retail value of more than $72.

Teens caught shoplifting

Two teens – neither with a criminal record – were cited for shoplifting Aug. 10 after security personnel at Wal-Mart allegedly watched them each steal more than $70 worth of women’s clothing.

The alleged theft occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. and was caught on the store’s video surveillance system. The suspects are accused of taking several skirts, bras, as well as underwear into a dressing room where they concealed the items in an effort to take them.

Kierra Brown, 17, and Vshanta Griffin, 18, both received local ordinance citations. Griffin is a Chicago resident, according to a department report. No address was given for Brown.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, 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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