Chicago resident James McEwan, 29, was arrested on the night of Sept. 1 after he allegedly stole $94.95 worth of Prevacid from Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt. When police apprehended McEwan near the store, he apologized and told the officer he stole the five packages of over-the-counter antacid medicine because he was “broke.” McEwan was taken inside Ultra Foods where store personnel identified him as the thief. He was subsequently arrested and received a felony charge of retail theft due to his current parole status and previous robbery convictions.
Driving with revoked license
Francisco Calderon, 30, of Summit, was arrested on the afternoon of Aug. 31 after police ran his registration and learned that he was allegedly driving on a revoked license. Calderon was first spotted committing an illegal turn to enter USA Beverage on 7200 Roosevelt. When Calderon’s registration was entered into a police database, the reporting officer learned that his driving privileges were revoked due to two DUI convictions. He was taken into custody and charged with one count of felony driving with a revoked driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and failure to signal.
On the night of Aug. 31, police curbed a vehicle belonging to a woman with an active arrest warrant. The vehicle was stopped on Harlem, by Randolph, and it was discovered that the daughter of the registered owner was driving; however, when the reporting officer ran the identification of the vehicle’s passenger, 23-year-old Joliet resident Chadi Dabbouseh, the computer search yielded the existence of a Will County arrest warrant for Dabbouseh for a previous charge of aggravated battery. He was arrested on-scene and taken to headquarters, where he was charged with having the instate warrant.
A Forest Park man that was arrested by Berwyn police on Aug. 28 for driving with a suspended license allegedly stole his impounded car from a lot on the 3100 block of Ridgeland in Berwyn.
Redacting information from a Forest Park Police Department report, Forest Park Review originally reported that on the night of Aug. 29, Eric Perry, 27, of Chicago, had stolen a car from the abovementioned location for his friend, Kahn Hunt. In a phone conversation with the Review, Berwyn Police Chief Jim Ritz stated that, after interrogations with both suspects, it was alleged that Hunt stole the vehicle from the impound lot, not Perry. Perry acted as an accessory by driving him to the lot, though.
According to Ritz, Perry drove Hunt to the closed impound lot late Aug. 29, and then Hunt, who apparently had an extra set of keys, broke in and retrieved his car.
“Hunt had a bolt cutter and cut the lock [on the fence] to make entry into the yard,” Ritz said.
From there, Ritz said he thinks both men drove back to Hunt’s Forest Park residence on the 900 block of Hannah Ave.
“They [had] switched cars when they returned to Hunt’s house in Forest Park,” Ritz said. That is, Perry supposedly drove off in Hunt’s car for reasons unknown at this time.
As Perry was driving, though, Berwyn police had already notified other departments of Hunt’s wanted car. What’s more, Berwyn police had contacted Forest Park to check on Hunt’s home.
“The plates [to Hunt’s car] were registered to the 900 block of Hannah Ave. They called us to check on it,” said Forest Park Police Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas.
Police did not locate the vehicle at the home.
At around 10 p.m., Forest Park and Oak Park units spotted Perry in Hunt’s car in Forest Park. According to Forest Park police, Perry led authorities on a high-speed chase. Perry then abandoned the car to flee on foot, although an Oak Park officer apprehended him.
After being detained at headquarters in Oak Park, and then in Forest Park, Perry was transferred to Berwyn police, which was pursuing his and Hunt’s cases.
After speaking with both Hunt and Perry, Berwyn police reined felony charges down upon both men. Hunt received one count of felony theft and one count of felony criminal damage to property. Perry was slapped a single charge of felony theft for assisting in the theft of a motor vehicle.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between August 29 and September 5, 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 Nick Moroni