Police were summoned to the Kmart, 7630 Roosevelt Road around 4:30 p.m. on March 13, after a man-and-woman team were observed on closed circuit TV allegedly using a cutting instrument to take plastic security hooks off Gillette razors and razor blades, then concealing them inside the womanfs tan purse. When the woman passed the point of payment and exited the store, she saw police and fled. After a short foot chase, three police officers located the woman in the alley at the rear of 7611 Roosevelt Road and recovered two razors and five razor blades (total value, $141.53). The man was also arrested. The couple is married, both 47, and live in Forest Park. The woman had a previous conviction for forgery and the man had a previous theft conviction. They were charged with felony theft.
Theft of spare tire
Cables were cut and a spare tire removed from under a parked 2007 Toyota Sequoia in the 600 block of Elgin overnight on March 11. Replacement and repair are estimated at $1,200.
Stolen car recovered
A police officer searched his computer for the temporary plate for a 2007 silver Mercedes-Benz sedan seen traveling near Roosevelt Road and Harlem Avenue around 7:15 p.m. on March 12. The vehicle was listed as stolen from owners in Peoria, Ariz., using a key in August of 2011. The female driver allegedly began to scream, saying, ‘This is my car. I donft know why youfre stopping me!” When her husband arrived, he told police it was, in fact, his sisterfs car that she had purchased at ‘some auction.” The man later reportedly told police he had purchased the car from a cousin of the owner for around $20,000. The driver, a 35-year-old woman from Forest Park, was charged with trespass to vehicle.
Stuck on the train tracks
Police were called to respond to reports of a silver Honda Civic stuck on the railroad tracks in the 7700 block of Adams Street on March 17 at 10:22 p.m. They observed a vehicle fleeing the area east-bound through the alley. The car had damage to its driver side and rear end. The driver, a 52-year-old woman from Oak Park, told police she was involved in a traffic crash and said, ‘Yeah, and I was stuck on the railroad tracks too.” Police reportedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol and observed that the driver slurred her words. She blew a breathalyzer test and was found to have a .213 blood alcohol content, more than twice the legal limit of .08. She was charged with DUI.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, March 11-18, 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