Police arrested Forest Park resident Joseph Stanton, 58, on the morning of Nov. 15 after discovering he had illegally fled Texas on a drug charge.   

An officer tailing Stanton’s car stopped him at Adams and Harlem after a computerized registration check revealed a fugitive arrest warrant in his name. The officer learned that Stanton was wanted for one count of possession of crack cocaine, Sgt. Michael Keating told the Forest Park Review over the phone.

Stanton was arrested for the out-of-state warrant and taken to headquarters, where he was eventually extradited.

Forest Park authorities could not be reached to disclose which Texas police department issued the warrant, and Keating said he did not remember. 

Furthermore, Keating told the Review that he was surprised that the department would extradite Stanton for the charge.

“He must have really made somebody mad,” Keating said.  

Thief tries to rob local pharmacy

An accused thief reportedly tried to swipe hundreds of dollars in over-the-counter drugs and batteries from a local pharmacy on the eve of Nov. 18 by placing the merchandise into a plastic bag and leaving the store without paying. Audry Striblin, 45, of Chicago was slapped with a felony retail theft charge after she allegedly stole $646.54 of items from CVS, 7216 Circle. She reportedly tried to make away with “numerous amounts of Imodium AD, Pepcid AC, Zantac 150, and batteries,” police reported.

Burglaries

A burglar stole around $1,000 in items from a home on the 1100 block of Thomas between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 15. Police were dispatched to the home and spoke to a resident who said the home had been robbed while the victim was at work. The rear door was pried open and the missing items include a 26-inch Samsung TV, a 19-inch “flat” computer screen, a Hewlett Packard C3100 printer, and a Dell X530XPP with the serial number 0001259000.

Police responded to a burglary on the 800 block of Marengo, where an estimated $1100 in personal property was swiped from the home’s garage. The items included two Nikon products: a D50 camera, and an AF-S DX lens, with the serial number 2578914 and 2354766, respectively. A pair of Nikon binoculars was also stolen, along with a silver Sharper Image stereo, a toolbox, two Vietnam War medals, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and an undisclosed value in US coins. Two adults and one juvenile are currently in custody in connection with the crime, although no charges have been filed. Nonetheless, Keating said he was “comfortable” with the arrest because there have been no more garage burglaries.

Instate warrant

Eboni Weeks, 20, of Hazel Crest was arrested after police discovered a warrant for a Conditional Release Violation from the Cook County Sherriff’s Police Dept. on the eve of Nov. 15. The responding officer approached Weeks’ “suspicious” idling car – parked on the 900 block of Harlem – and then ran her license through a computerized police database, which revealed the warrant. She was taken into custody and was charged with the instate warrant.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21., 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