Forest Park police responded to a call, Jan. 22 at 7:58 a.m., from Kmart loss-prevention managers that a man in a distinctive coat with the gold letters “WP” was back in the Kmart, after he had allegedly shoplifted four packages of Rogaine and 35 packages of Prilosec products worth $900 the day before. A Kmart employee followed the man to his 2002 silver Buick Regal in the parking lot and copied down the license plate number, which was registered to a Chicago man. As the Buick exited the Kmart at 7630 Roosevelt Rd., a squad car followed him down the eastbound Eisenhower I-290 expressway with sirens and lights activated. The driver exited the expressway northbound at Central Ave. in Chicago and cops followed the Buick into an alley, where it crashed into a building. The man exited the Buick on foot and the officer chased him, ordering him to stop. The man refused to halt and the officer deployed his X26 Taser three times, reporting that he hit the man once. Chicago police backup arrived on the scene and the officer tasered the man again twice before the suspect agreed to submit to handcuffing. No Rogaine or Prilosec was found on his person. He was charged with traffic citations, driving with a suspended license and misdemeanor fleeing and eluding the police, as well as misdemeanor counts of obstructing and resisting arrest.

Pot, heroin and crack in his waistband

Forest Park police stopped a 1997 Chevrolet van cruising the alley in the 7400 and 7500 blocks of Harrison Street on Jan. 17 at 7:17 p.m. A “strong odor of cannabis” emitted from the driver’s window and the driver, Tim Adams, 31, of Maywood was making furtive movements in the car. When officers performed a safety pat-down, they discovered Adams had four heat-sealed plastic bags in his waistband, containing smaller knotted baggies packaging small amounts which totaled 36 grams of cannabis, 10 grams of heroin and nine grams of crack cocaine. Adams was charged with possession of a controlled substance and has a Feb. 16 court date.

Police assist Maywood WEDGE drug bust

Forest Park police officers assisted in the investigation and breakup of a Maywood residence that police say was a drug house for ecstasy and cocaine on the 800 block of 6th Avenue in Maywood, Jan. 20 at 6:33 a.m. With a search warrant and the help of K-9 drug-sniffing dogs, police from River Forest, North Riverside Oak Park and Brookfield discovered 42 multi-colored ecstasy pills and six clear knotted plastic bags containing crack cocaine. Cops also confiscated a scale, cell phones and a box of bullets. Two Maywood women were arrested for manufacturing or selling narcotics within 1,000 feet of the J.W. James African Methodist Episcopal Church and Academy.

– These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Jan.17- 22 2012, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.

– Compiled by Jean Lotus

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or on another matter, is encouraged
to contact the Forest Park police
department’s hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.