A Chicago woman allegedly stole a large quantity of over-the-counter drugs from a local CVS but was quickly caught by a neighboring police department on the eve of Oct. 21.

Twenty-nine-year-old Marion Davis went into the 7216 Circle store, reportedly concealed the medication in her purse, and then left in a tan Buick driven by 49-year-old Chicago resident Robert States.

A River Forest officer stopped the pair shortly after on Harlem and Randolph, after hearing a description of the vehicle over the radio.

A witness to the alleged theft was then transferred to the scene of the traffic spot and positively identified Davis, who was subsequently arrested.

What’s more, States was also arrested after authorities ran his license through the Illinois Secretary of State’s database and learned his driving privileges had been revoked. He was also driving a vehicle with no insurance.

Both were transported to the Forest Park police station following the incident.

Davis was charged with felony retail theft, and States was issued two citations: driving with a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Three men arrested after
bartender’s phone is stolen

Three men were arrested in separate instances after a bartender’s cellular phone was stolen from a Forest Park tavern in the wee hours of Oct. 22.

Police were dispatched to the apartment of a Forest Park man on the 400 block of Desplaines Ave. after he was accused of stealing the cell phone of a bartender employed at Zambonie’s, 7522 Roosevelt Rd. When authorities arrived at the apartment building, they arrested a resident, the bartender’s boyfriend, and another man, all on separate charges.

Initially, the bartender contacted police and said she “clearly” saw, on surveillance, 33-year-old Jose Galindo, swipe her cell phone from off of the bar. She added that she knew Galindo because he used to work there, and she knew that he lived at the abovementioned address.

When police visited Galindo’s apartment, the phone was found in his possession, and he was arrested on scene.

The bartender’s boyfriend, Aaron Hoffstadter, 26, of Oak Park, was picked up after he allegedly threw a rock through a window at Galindo’s apartment building, in what he said was an attempt to retrieve the woman’s phone.

A man who accompanied Hoffstadter, Guillermo Arauz, of River Forest, was also arrested when police learned that he had an active arrest warrant issued by the Cook County Sherriff’s Police Department. Arauz was not implicated in the destruction of any property, though.

Galindo was charged with two counts of petty theft, Hoffstadter was booked for criminal damage to property and Arauz was processed on the instate warrant.


Criminal damage to property

A Chicago man was arrested for allegedly using a hammer to break several store windows in Forest Park and in Oak Park early Oct. 24.

An Oak Park police officer stopped 30-year-old William Smiley on the 7200 block of Roosevelt Rd. after hearing a description was broadcast over the radio. 

Smiley, who had a hammer in his hand, was arrested on scene and transported to the Oak Park police station for allegedly breaking three windows in Oak Park.

While he was there, Forest Park police also linked him to the broken window of a store in Forest Park. He was later transferred to the neighboring village’s police station and charged with criminal damage to property.


Instate warrant

Police arrested a Chicago woman involved in a disturbance on the 300 block of Marengo on the eve of Oct. 21 after a computer check of her ID revealed she had an instate warrant. Twenty-five-year-old Tania Jones was processed on a Cook County Sherriff’s Police Department arrest warrant for an assault charge after police responded to a call at the above location. The caller said Jones was screaming and trying to force her way into the caller’s home. Jones admitted to arguing with the caller but denied making any attempt to force her way into the residence. She was taken into custody when police learned of the existing warrant and then charged with it. 

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, 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

Tip hotline

Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged
to contact the Forest Park police department’s hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.