On the morning of Dec. 16, police arrested a woman from Chicago who allegedly tried to pass off a bad check at a local Walmart in November.

Nineteen-year-old Rasheda Davis went to the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store on Nov. 24, and allegedly wrote a fraudulent check to herself, totaling $889.56. On Dec. 8, Chase bank informed Walmart that the check was fraudulent; subsequently, the store contacted authorities.

An image of Davis was retrieved via surveillance video, and police also obtained her address from the Illinois Secretary of State.

When police arrived at her home on the sixteenth, she was immediately placed into custody.

Local Assistant State’s Attorney Sam Larrabee approved one felony count of forgery against Davis.


Two different plates on wrong car

An Oak Park man driving a vehicle with two different license plates – one of which was registered to a stolen vehicle – was arrested on a number of charges early Dec. 12.

An officer first caught 32-year-old Willard Wright driving the wrong way on the 400 block of Marengo – a one-way street – and pulled him over for the infraction.

The officer then noticed that Wright’s car had two different license plates in the front and rear – neither belonged to the vehicle he was driving.

The front plate was registered to a red 1995 Plymouth Neon, which was reported stolen by the Cicero Police Dept. in September. 

A computer check of Wright’s name also revealed that his license was suspended due to “financial responsibility.”

He was arrested and brought to the station, where he told police that he had borrowed the car from a friend “on the block” – authorities were unable to reach the friend.

Wright was charged with driving with a suspended license, theft of lost property, moving violations, improper use of registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.


Strange romp

Police arrested a Chicago man on the night of Dec. 15 after a local resident accused him of trespassing.

Thirty-one-year-old Travis Johnson was picked up by authorities subsequent to a caller who complained that Johnson had entered his backyard uninvited.

The caller told police that Johnson opened the rear gate, fumbled with a grill on the porch, and then placed a “white landline phone” on the porch. Johnson then reportedly proceeded to circle the outside of the house and “unplug” Christmas lights.

When police found him, on the 10 block of Lathrop, Johnson said he was “looking for drug dealers in the area.”

As police continued to interview Johnson, he proceeded to take a number of items out of his pocket.

When asked by authorities what he was doing, he said: “Getting ready to fight you.”

No incident of violence has been reported, although Johnson was arrested and charged with simple assault, criminal trespassing to property and resisting an officer.

The report also states that Johnson has been told more than once not to visit the property.


Thief zeroes in on deodorant and body wash

A Chicago man who allegedly tried to steal more than $200 worth of deodorant and body wash from a local CVS on Dec. 16 was slapped with a felony.

Terrence Moore, 43, reportedly swiped 51 sticks of deodorant and five bottles of body wash, stuffed them in a bag and then jetted out the door of the 7216 Circle store without paying.

An Oak Park officer detained Moore at South and Maple, and he was handed over to Forest Park units and charged with retail theft. He received the felony due to a previous retail theft conviction.

Moore said he stole the items, which had a retail value of $241.34, to “sell on the street.”


Man in crash had suspended license

Jesse Martinez, 25, of Cicero was arrested on the night of Dec. 15 after being involved in an accident on the 7600 block of Roosevelt. When police responded to the crash, officers learned that Martinez was driving on a suspended license; subsequently, he was taken into custody. Martinez was charged for driving with a suspended license, not having valid insurance and for an improper pass in the right lane. 

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 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