A CTA worker called police to report his Chevy Impala stolen on Aug. 3, at 10:04 p.m. The 43-year-old man said he left the car running and unlocked, then reentered the CTA terminal at 711 Desplaines to speak to the cashier. When he returned, the car was gone. The victim said he had noticed a suspicious male in his late teens, sporting a hairstyle with white beads. After the theft, the victim called both 911 and OnStar, the car’s navigational system. OnStar located the car in Maywood. Maywood officers found the car pulling into a driveway on the 100 block of South 19th. Forest Park police brought the victim to Maywood, where he identified his car and told police the driver was the man had seen near the car before it was stolen.
In a post-Miranda interview, the driver – Gale C. Jackson, 17, of Maywood – reportedly told police that when he saw the car running with keys in it, he took it to “go on a joyride” and pick up his girlfriend on the South Side.” Police recovered three small baggies of three grams worth of suspected cannabis in Jackson’s pants pocket. Jackson was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as well as driving on a revoked license and possession of marijuana.
Pirated movies for sale
On Aug. 2 at 5:31 p.m. an officer witnessed a man, who was chatting with passersby on the north side of the CTA Blue Line terminal, reach into a bag and produce DVDs in exchange for money, while calling out, “Movies!” Police stopped Anthony Brown, 48, of Broadview, and found his bag contained 31 DVD movies, most of which are still in theaters and are unavailable on DVD. Brown also had $490.35 in his shorts pockets. After being charged with a felony for selling pirated movies, Brown reportedly said, “Man, I got arrested for having some bootleg movies in my bag?”
Lack of signal leads to pot bust
On Aug. 2, at 12:19 a.m., an officer patrolling Harlem witnessed a tan Dodge sedan turn without signaling, so he ran the plate, learning the car’s owner had a revoked license. The Dodge was curbed in the Wendy’s lot at Harlem and Madison. Driver James Robert London, 25, of Chicago, was arrested for driving on a revoked license. During a protective search of London, police recovered a bag from his rear pocket, containing two grams of what later reportedly tested positive for marijuana. London was charged with pot possession, failure to signal and driving despite a revoked license.
Possession of heroin
Concerned about a man sleeping on a bench at Harlem and Madison on Aug. 6 at 3:29 a.m., an officer woke him up and asked for identification. The man, 58-year-old Willie Pearson, of Chicago, had an extensive drug history. During a search of his person, police located four foil packages and three ziplock packages with a Superman logo, all containing powder that tested positive for heroin. After being read his rights, Pearson reportedly said, “Thank God for getting caught with drugs,” and when asked where he got the drugs, said “I bought them all over.” Pearson was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Gas station drug deal thwarted
A plainclothes officer in an unmarked squad interrupted a suspected drug transaction between men in two vehicles at a gas station in the 600 block of Harlem on Aug. 7 at 7:59 p.m. Ismael Hernandez, 47, of Elmwood Park, allegedly told officers he is on social security disability and sells cannabis to help pay his bills. Police recovered bags containing a total of 33 grams of suspected pot. Hernandez was charged with two counts of pot possession and his Ford SUV was impounded.
After a Joliet woman exited the Walgreens lot at Harlem and Roosevelt without using her turn signal on Aug. 8, at 5:02 p.m., police tried to pull her over and saw her throw “numerous ziplock bags” from the window. When recovered, the five bags were seen to have a blue whale logo and contain a total of two grams of suspected heroin. Driver Ashley N. Compton, 21, of Joliet, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, failure to signal and obstruction. Compton allegedly told police she got scared, “freaked out” at being pulled over, and attempted to dispose of the drugs.
A man driving a tan 1996 Bonneville on Aug. 5 at 1:33 a.m. was pulled over for playing music police could reportedly hear from a block away. Jon J. McClain, 27, of Berwyn, was ticketed for the noise offense.
August 4, 2010, 1:39 a.m.
An officer witnessed a man urinating in public view on the sidewalk behind a bus bench at Madison and Circle, with his shorts open and unzipped on the Aug. 4 at 1:39 a.m. When the officer stopped him, Donald L. Hoffenkamp, 52, of New Lenox, reportedly stated, “I guess I shouldn’t be doing this.” Hoffenkamp, who allegedly bore a strong odor of alcohol, was cited for public urination.
A security guard at CVS detained a woman after reportedly seeing her conceal several boxes of cough medicine – worth $161.93 – in her 2-year-old son’s backpack on Aug. 4 at 1:38 p.m. Lanette M. Fitts, 39, of Lombard, was charged with felony retail theft and endangering a child.
A 35-year-old homeless man was taken to Oak Park Hospital after Wal-Mart security guards caught him stealing two CDs on Aug. 2 at 2:31 p.m. When police arrived, the man began to talk to himself and threaten to “kick the asses” of Wal-Mart customers, then told police he heard voices telling him to harm himself.
A CVS security guard stopped a man who had concealed five bottles of Absolut Vodka under his wheelchair’s seat cushion on Aug. 6 at 8:09 p.m. The offender initially gave a false name, but police learned he was Leonard Despenza, 40, of Chicago. Despenza was charged with felony retail theft. Police also recovered four counterfeit $5 bills from his person.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between August 1 and August 8, 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 Amy Malina