A Forest Park man who was staying at a friend’s apartment was arrested on the afternoon of Jan. 19 when police found a bag of crack cocaine on him.

Police were called to an apartment on the 7200 block of Madison when a caller notified police that two suspects were entering a residence they didn’t live in.

When the officers arrived, the persons inside the apartment refused to open the door. Authorities eventually made their way inside and found forty-nine-year-old Eric Wimbush, and Sybil Holland, 49, of Bellwood.

According to police, Wimbush tried to hide a one-gram bag of crack cocaine behind a sofa cushion once police forced their way into the apartment.

Holland and Wimbush were arrested and taken to headquarters. Each was charged with obstructing an officer, for refusing to open the door, and Holland was processed for possessing a controlled substance.

Both Wimbush and Holland said they didn’t open the door because they thought the officers were imposters. Wimbush said he bought the crack in Maywood and was planning on smoking it at the apartment.

The hospitalized resident of the apartment was contacted and told police that he only gave Wimbush permission to stay there; however, the landlord said that the resident was not allowed to have any visitors.

Instate warrants

On the morning of Jan. 21, a twenty-seven-year-old Chicago man came to village hall to apply for a tax business license and was arrested when a computer check revealed he had two warrants.

One of the warrants was issued from the Cook County Sherriff’s Police Dept. and the other was from the Chicago Police Dept.

The former warrant was for a domestic battery conviction; the latter for a probation violation.

He was charged with having the warrants.

Retail theft

Police arrested a Lisle man who tried to steal several bottles of energy drinks and Advil medication from a local CVS.

Store employees saw 36-year-old Brian Willette swipe the items and leave the 7216 Circle store, according to a police report.

Police were called and quickly located Willette near the store.

He was arrested and issued an ordinance citation for retail theft.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 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