While parked along Roosevelt Road at 2 a.m. on Sept. 28, a police officer noticed a Buick Century as it squealed its tires turning onto Roosevelt from Marengo. The car then turned across several lanes of traffic to head north on Circle, and when the officer caught up with the vehicle he discovered the driver had several bottles of alcohol, marijuana, and a pair of outstanding warrants, according to a department report.
Aaron Kenneth Anderson, 26, of Bolingbrook, told police he did not have his driver’s license with him when he was stopped, and handed over an expired insurance card. During this exchange, the officer allegedly noticed an empty bottle of cognac in the back seat and asked Anderson to step out of the car.
According to the officer’s report, Anderson said he doesn’t drink that particular liquor and affirmed there was nothing else in the vehicle. When the officer checked, he reportedly found 2 grams of marijuana, a bottle of tequila and an empty bottle of vodka. Anderson denied that any of the items were his, according to police. Investigators ran his name through a database and discovered two warrants in DuPage County for failing to appear in court to answer to charges of possession of marijuana.
Car stolen while driver gets coffee
Shortly after 7 a.m. on Sept. 28, a motorist pulled his wife’s silver Mitsubishi Galant up to the Starbucks at 7231 Madison and headed inside for a cup of coffee. He left the car running and the doors unlocked. When he came back outside, the car was gone.
Forest Park police did a quick search of the immediate area and did not find the car. A statewide alert that the vehicle had been stolen was sent to law enforcement agencies.
Small price tags yield big charges
A 44-year-old Bolingbrook man is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing a $15 compact disc player, a $7 pack of batteries and a Fleetwood Mac album also valued at $15, according to a department report.
Though the total retail value of the items is less than $40, Kenneth Dinnon, the suspect in the case, has a history of such acts. Forest Park police contacted the assistant state’s attorney to discuss felony charges, and the office approved the upgrade. Dinnon was taken into custody Sept. 28 after being detained by security personnel at the Kmart store on Roosevelt. While at the station, he allegedly told police he took the items so that he could sell them and purchase food.
On Oct. 2 at Wal-Mart, a woman accused of stealing $25 worth of diapers and socks was also slapped with felony charges. According to a department report, 45-year-old Shelia Petty, of Oak Park, used a receipt from another Wal-Mart location to justify not paying for the items. Because Petty was convicted Aug. 20 of retail theft, the charge was increased to a felony.
Police seize small quantity of drugs
Kelsey Glaze, a 27-year-old Chicago resident, was parked at Thornton’s gas station on Harlem when a patrolling officer pulled into the area shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept. 26. Glaze immediately drove her car to a nearby air pump and began filling the tires, according to police, and then left the area. Because the spot is known for its drug activity, the officer checked the woman’s plates and learned that Glaze’s license expired more than a year ago, according to a department report.
Glaze was stopped and the officer allegedly smelled marijuana in the car. When asked if there were any drugs in the car, Glaze reportedly was initially silent and just looked at the floor. She then allegedly confessed to having a small quantity of the drug in her purse. She was issued a citation for violating a local ordinance for possession of marijuana.
Traffic stop reveals warrants
The driver of a 2000 Ford Mustang allegedly rolled through a stop light at Roosevelt and Circle at about 3 a.m. Oct. 3, and when police stopped the car learned that both the driver and passenger were wanted by other law enforcement agencies.
Edgar Solis, 24, of Stickney, initially told police his name was Vincent Hernandez, according to police, and fumbled with his date of birth. He was taken into custody for attempting to obstruct an investigation, and police learned his real name a short time later. Solis was driving on a suspended license and had failed to make a court appearance in Cook County for a retail theft charge.
His passenger, 18-year-old Jasmin Velazquez, of Chicago, was wanted by authorities in Addison and DuPage County for missing a pair of court dates for traffic-related charges.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Sept. 26 and Oct. 4, 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