Two Chicago teens were arrested in connection with the burglary of a car on the 500 block of Grove Lane on the night of Feb. 22.

According to interviews with the suspects, documented in a police report, both came from the Desplaines el station and were headed to Maywood on foot. One of them said he was going to try to break into vehicles to steal money so the two could ride the bus into Maywood.

While one of the teens walked in the middle of the street, another tried to open the doors of at least two vehicles, hoping to find an unlocked car with money in it.

He eventually broke into a car parked in a driveway on the 500 block of Grove, but after seeing a police squad car, he exited quickly and ran in the direction of his friend, who was walking in the middle of the street nearby.

At this point, the officer, who observed the teen exiting the vehicle, asked if they lived in the area, and if the vehicle belonged to the boy he saw inside of it. Both said they didn’t live in the area, and the youth who was spotted in the car denied being there.

The officer arrested the two after observing footprints near the vehicle that matched one of the teen’s shoe patterns. What’s more, the resident of the home the car was parked in front of claimed ownership of the vehicle.

Assistant State’s Attorney Tara Pease-Harkin approved felony charges for burglary to motor vehicle for the boy who broke into the car. His friend was released without charges.

Fleeing driver ditches weed

A Broadview man was arrested on the evening of Feb. 26 after leading police on a car chase, and throwing 16 grams of marijuana out his car window.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tremaine McCord was first spotted by a Forest Park officer on First Avenue and Lexington Street. According to the police report, the officer ran McCord’s vehicle registration and learned his license was suspended for DUI.

An attempt was made to curb McCord’s vehicle, but the man refused to stop, causing several Forest Park and Maywood police cars to chase him.

As McCord fled, an officer reported seeing him throw the 16-gram bag of marijuana out the car window. The bag was later recovered and inventoried as evidence.

McCord’s run was halted on the 1900 block of 11th Avenue, when an officer used his car to block McCord’s path.

The suspect was taken to Forest Park headquarters and charged with attempting to elude a police officer, resisting arrest, failure to signal, equipment violations, driving with a suspended license, and a cannabis control offense.

Unregistered sex offender

Based on information provided by Oak Park police, a Forest Park police officer on the evening of Feb. 22, tracked down and arrested a local man who failed to register as a sex offender.

Robert White, 44, of Waukegan, was apprehended at a home on the 400 block of Elgin Avenue for failing to comply with a state law that requires convicted sex offenders to register in the communities in which they reside.

According to the Illinois Sex Offender Information database, White was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The victim was 5 years old.

Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas said Forest Park units got the tip from an Oak Park officer who was working on an investigation.

Suspect arrested by Hillside police

Hillside police on the evening of Feb. 27 arrested a man in Forest Park who was wanted out of their police department after he tried to elude a pursuing officer.

Twenty-four-year-old Alexander Vanifatev was initially pursued by a Hillside officer after the suspect was caught speeding, according to Hillside Police Chief Joseph Lukaszek.

Vanifatev fled onto I-290, but was involved in an accident in Forest Park near Harrison and Desplaines.

He tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended by Forest Park and Hillside units; authorities also found what they suspect to be heroin in his possession.

Hillside charged him three counts of fleeing an officer and one count of driving with license revoked. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of identification and resisting arrest.

Stolen body wash, hot dogs and motor oil

A Chicago woman was taken into custody for attempting to steal a variety of household items from Ultra Foods at 7520 Roosevelt Rd.

Forty-eight-year-old Brenda Williams was stopped by a security guard who saw her place $56.08 worth of store items in her purse. After concealing the merchandise in her handbag, Williams bought a loaf of Wonder bread and a 2-liter bottle of Dr. Pepper, before trying to leave.

When she was halted, the guard found the following items on her: Dove body wash, AXE shower gel, Crest toothpaste, Irish Spring soap, Vienna Beef Polish sausages, Best Choice motor oil and Little Tree auto air-fresheners.

Williams was taken to headquarters, where she told police she planned on selling the stolen items so she could raise money to travel to Indiana for a funeral.

She was charged with felony retail theft due to a previous conviction for the same offense.

In-state warrant

Sunra Rollins, 40, of Chicago was arrested early Feb. 26 when police learned the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Dept. issued an arrest warrant in his name.

He was observed on foot on the 7200 block of Roosevelt Road, “tampering with car doors,” according to the police report.

When an officer approached Rollins and checked his identification, it was revealed he had an arrest warrant for probation violation. He was on probation for a domestic battery charge.

Rollins was taken to headquarters and charged with the in-state warrant.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, 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

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