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At approximately 9 p.m. on June 4, a transformer on an electrical pole in the parking lot at 322-324 Desplaines Ave. exploded, causing flames to leap into the air. Fire personnel arrived shortly and extinguished the blaze, which a neighbor described as “huge.”

Vacation burglary

A business in the 7700 Block of Van Buren Street was burglarized over Memorial Day weekend. Police reports say a window next to a garage door was broken and a wooden pallet was propped up along the outside of the building. Inside, the window to the front office was shattered. Two sets of car keys were taken and a white 2002 Chevy Express van was gone. Also taken were an Acer computer monitor; a Gateway laptop; power tools, including a Bosch cordless drill set, Dewalt table saw, Hitachi miter chop saw, and another cordless drill; and $1,100 in cash.

Burglar nabs expensive watch

An apartment in the 7400 block of Madison Street was burglarized between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on May 28. Police observed that the front door jamb had been broken. Missing was an iPod and one Rolex “Submariner” stainless steel watch worth $4,000.

Bowling supplies stolen

Someone entered an unlocked garage in the 900 block of Ferdinand, overnight on May 29, rummaged through a Dodge van and removed three bags containing bowling balls and bowling shoes, valued at $600.

Nissan crashes through apartment window

A two-car collision with no injuries in the 7200 block of Randolph ended with a 1996 tan Nissan Maxima breaking through the window of a garden apartment. One of the drivers, a 54-year-old man from Chicago, was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, May 26-June 1, 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