Police stopped a Ford Escape on Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road on the night of April 10 for driving without headlights.

When the officer approached the car, a strong odor of alcohol was reportedly detected, and the officer spotted an open bottle of Miller Genuine Draft lying on the passenger’s seat.

A 29-year-old Burr Ridge man who was driving was ordered out of the car and a pat-down was performed. Police recovered a one-gram bag of cocaine from the driver; and when the passenger, a 26-year-old Chicago man, was searched, authorities found a bag that contained six and a half ecstasy tablets.

Both men were both charged with possession of a controlled substance, and the driver was cited for the traffic violation.

Armed robber makes off with cash and cigarettes

A male suspect walked into a local convenience store early April 10, and asked the clerk for cigarettes before brandishing a gun and making off with roughly $200 in cash.

The clerk at the 7749 Roosevelt 7-11 told police that the suspect walked into the store, and displayed a handgun before asking “Where are the squares?” and then demanding cash from the register.

The gunman got away with an unspecified amount of Newport cigarettes and the $200. He is still at large.

Burglary on Elgin

Police received a call for a burglary in process on the 200 block of Elgin Avenue on the afternoon of April 6 from witnesses who reportedly heard a loud noise and saw an unknown man inside the house.

When the authorities arrived, they surrounded the house and found a broken window, but the suspect was gone. The homeowner reported missing a laptop, a game system and a backpack containing four credit cards.

Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas said police had a suspect in custody just before press time on Tuesday, but charges had not been filed yet.

Heroin bust

Phillip D. Neumann, 22, of Lake in the Hills, was arrested on the night of April 6 and charged with possession of a controlled substance after admitting ownership to drugs that were found on a passenger in his car.

Nuemann was initially stopped on 1st Avenue and Interstate-290 for a non-working taillight, but the responding officer spotted what he believed to be drug paraphernalia in the car. Nuemann reportedly had a soda-can bottom with a burn mark on it, which is commonly used to cook heroin. What’s more, a bag of needles was also visible in the backseat.

Nuemann and the passenger were ordered out of the car and a two-gram bag of heroin was recovered from the passenger’s underwear.

Nuemann was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drub equipment, the missing taillight and driving uninsured.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between April 4 and April 10, 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 Amy Malina and Nick Moroni

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