On the morning of Oct. 28, police foiled a suspect’s attempt to steal a vehicle by obtaining a copy of the keys from a local car dealership.

Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Rd., contacted police when Charles Brimmer allegedly attempted to obtain copied keys for a vehicle that was not in his name. Brimmer roused suspicions when he presented the dealership’s service desk with an Illinois Secretary of State Application for Vehicle Registration form bearing his name and information for a car that is registered to someone else.

When police arrived, Brimmer explained that he was picking up keys for a car he purchased at an auction, which was parked in a Chicago garage.

Because the vehicle is in another person’s name, though, police telephoned the registered owner after entering the car’s serial number and license plate into the Secretary of State’s database to verify the dealership’s records and obtain contact information.

When the owner told police that no one by the name of Charles Brimmer had permission to obtain copies of the vehicle’s keys, Brimmer was placed in custody and taken to police headquarters, where he was charged with forgery.

At the station, Brimmer submitted to an interview and reportedly stated that another suspect had paid him to submit the forged application. Brimmer also explained that the keys were being made so the car could be stolen for parts.

Man who pushes his wife and resists police is Tasered

A Roselle man was arrested and Tasered early Oct. 31 when police reportedly observed him shove his wife during an argument.

Police spotted 33-year-old Jeremy Penney and his wife standing in the street at the intersection of Circle and Lehmer, and approached the couple after Penney allegedly pushed the woman, who waved officers over. 

Officers intervened and attempted to interview Penney, but he refused to answer questions, dismissing them, instead, with profanities directed at police.

Penney’s “confrontational” behavior continued and he was eventually placed in custody; however, when an officer attempted to put the handcuffed man in the backseat of a police cruiser, Penney stiffened his body and “refused.” Subsequently, he was Tasered on the back twice.

Penney’s wife later told police that the couple was arguing over money, and that the conflict started when Penney demanded a cab driver let them out after the cabbie attempted to charge them more for a ride to Forest Park from Chicago, where they had been out drinking.

She refused to sign any domestic violence complaints, but Penney was charged with battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting an officer.

Instate warrant

Travis Vaughn, 23, of Joliet was arrested early Oct. 28 when police discovered an arrest warrant in his name.

A patrolling officer saw Vaughn arguing with his girlfriend in the middle of the street on the 1000 block of Dunlop and intervened to assess the situation.

Both Vaughn and his girlfriend related that the argument had not turned violent; however, a computer check of Vaughn’s named revealed a Cook County arrest warrant.

The warrant was issued subsequent to Vaughn allegedly violating the terms of a prison release, which originally stemmed from an assault conviction. 

He was charged with the instate warrant and taken to police headquarters.    

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1, 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