Police were called after a teenage girl, being transported to Riveredge Hospital at 8311 Roosevelt Road from her Oak Park group home, escaped from her case worker and fled across Miller Meadow around 2:10 p.m. on Aug. 2.
The social worker gave chase and found the juvenile on the east edge of the meadow sitting on a rotting log in the river. The girl refused to come out and threatened to jump into the water if she was approached by police or fire personnel. She also allegedly said she wanted to die and asked to be left alone.
With the help of the Riverside Fire Department emergency boat and after an hour of negotiating, the girl agreed to leave the river and was taken to the hospital, where she was admitted.
Jewelry stolen from antique shop
An activated burglar alarm around 5:55 a.m. on July 30 alerted police to a burglary at the Krenek’s Antiques, 7501 Madison St., where responding officers found someone had used a rock to shatter the front door.
Inside, a shattered display case had been picked clean of approximately two dozen gold and precious-stone rings. Police found a hard hat and a pair of safety glasses at the scene.
A witness stated that he heard a loud crash and observed a man with grey hair leaving the area carrying a black attach case.
An unlocked Chevy Malibu, parked overnight on July 30 in the 1100 block of Dunlop Ave., was discovered with the glove compartment open and its contents scattered on the front passenger seat and floor. The owner said he was missing a few dollars of loose change left in the driver’s side door.
Burglar steals car, TVs, valuables
A woman returned home in the afternoon of July 31, after leaving her residence in the 800 block of Marengo Avenue for less than three hours and found her home ransacked and her car missing.
An unlocked porch window appeared to have been opened to gain entry by stepping on a nearby grill. Missing were two televisions, a laptop, men’s colognes, an iPad, a cell phone, gold, silver and pearl jewelry, a digital camera, a jewelry box, sunglasses a coat and purse.
The woman’s car (model not given) was also missing, as was a key, left on the dining room table. Neighbors said ComEd employees had been jackhammering in the alley all afternoon and that they heard nothing.
Tire stolen from locked bike
Police arrested a 32-year-old Chicago man who was allegedly seen by witnesses removing the a wheel and tire from a bike rack on the south side of the CTA terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave. around 7:45 a.m. on Aug. 2.
The man said he had left his own rim and tire at the train station, because his was going flat. He allegedly told police he knew the owner of the girls Malibu mountain bicycle, but couldn’t remember his name. Police recovered the vise grip wrench allegedly used to remove the wheels. He was charged with theft.
Forest Park firefighters reported that a man more than 6 feet tall entered the Forest Park Fire Department facility around 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 without permission and began lifting weights on their workout equipment.
He was told to leave by fire personnel, but kept “rambling and lifting weights,” according to reports. Eventually he fled down Desplaines Avenue. Later, a man matching his description was reported washing his hair in the sink of the men’s bathroom at the McDonald’s located at Desplaines Avenue and Madison Street. He was charged with criminal trespass, but was unable to post bond.
Playing with a stun gun
A group of five teenagers from Forest Park were observed by a police officer walking down the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue around 4:50 p.m. on Aug. 5 displaying a stun gun, which the officer observed to “spark.”
Another officer pulled the teens aside and, while performing a safety pat-down, discovered a KL800-C stun gun in the pocket of one 18-year-old’s hooded sweatshirt.
The teen was also allegedly carrying a tool for grinding cannabis and an unlabeled Walgreens pill bottle containing suspected marijuana residue. He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug equipment.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, July 30-Aug. 5, 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.
– Complied by Jean Lotus