A resident of the Altenheim community told police that when he left his apartment Sept. 15 to do laundry, someone snuck in and took $82 in cash from his dresser and another $10 in quarters from a dresser drawer. He told police that he had received the money as a gift for his birthday.
According to a police report, authorities initially spoke with the victim, but appeared to have little to work with. Then, a short while later, an employee of the Altenheim called police to show them security footage that may have caught the suspected burglar.
On the tape, according to the department report, a man is seen using a key to enter the Briarwood building where the victim lives. Another camera catches the man traveling up a staircase to the second floor. The suspect was in the building for about an hour when he’s videotaped leaving the property through the same door in which he came.
Police learned that the man had earlier been told by Altenheim personnel that he’s not allowed in the buildings. At that time, he had left the area on a bicycle. Police later recovered that bicycle during a separate burglary investigation, but the suspect was not apprehended.
The man seen on the videotape was not identified by police in their report, and the incident remained under investigation.
Landlord’s son charged with battery
A 52-year-old man was arrested for battery after he allegedly struck a woman living in an apartment the victim rents from the man’s mother. According to a department report, Leslie Capri, of Forest Park, was verbally abusive toward the tenant and demanded that she turn over a sum of money owed to his mother.
The incident began shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sept. 17 while the tenant was getting her daughter ready for school. The woman told police she heard the doorbell to her Marengo Avenue apartment ring, but she ignored it because she wasn’t expecting anyone. A few moments later, she heard someone knocking and then the sound of keys jingling outside the door.
When she opened the door, she allegedly found Capri standing in the hallway and he identified himself as the landlord’s son. Capri demanded that the woman come out into the hallway, then cursed at her in an effort to recover an undisclosed sum of money, according to police. The woman refused, began to dial 911 and tried to shut the door, which Capri allegedly held open. Capri then shoved the woman and left, according to a department report.
When police responded to the incident, they spoke with Capri. The man allegedly admitted to having a confrontation with the woman, but denied pushing her.
“I could see where this was going and didn’t want to deal with it; plus I had to walk my dog anyways,” Capri allegedly told police.
Loud music, attitude prompt ticket
A police officer waiting at the corner of Harlem and Jackson on Sept. 14 for the traffic signal to change heard several loud “booms” from an approaching vehicle and realized it was the stereo. When the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe pulled alongside the patrol car, the officer made several attempts to get the man’s attention to ask him to turn down the music.
Eventually, Christopher Evans noticed the officer but “shrugged his shoulders” at the officer’s request. Evans then waved his hand in a dismissive fashion and said, “Yeah, whatever man,” according to the officer’s report.
Evans, 34, of Romeoville, was cited with a local ordinance violation for playing his stereo too loudly.
A sprouting college fund
A suspected panhandler told police that he was asking shoppers at Ultra Foods on Roosevelt for money so that he could “get to his college,” according to a department report.
Brian Lust, 22, of Oak Park, was standing outside the grocery store shortly before noon on Sept. 14 when a security employee asked him to stop begging for change. Lust allegedly agreed and began walking away, but then stopped to ask a few more customers for change.
When police arrived, Lust said he had no other income and he needed the money to get to school. The officer then asked how much money Lust had solicited. The $18 in his wallet was there to start the day, said Lust, but another $15.34 represented his proceeds for the day. The officer confiscated the $15.34 and issued Lust a citation for soliciting.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, 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