Police observed a lone 1999 blue Chevy SUV parked after school around 4:16 p.m. in the empty parking lot of Proviso Math and Science Academy and noted that a man and woman were passionately kissing in the vehicle.
The man, 40, from Bellwood, said the two were old friends and had met in the parking lot at Burger King in Maywood. “I wanted to get some and just didn’t know where to go, so I just pulled over and I picked this place. I didn’t know it was a school parking lot,” he reportedly told the officer. When asked if they had engaged in a sexual act, the man said, “Nope, not yet, but we were about to.” He was issued a local ordinance ticket for disorderly conduct. The woman, 37, from Maywood had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and was held for a parole violation on a prior shoplifting charge.
Another antique store burglary
Police were summoned to the Antique Emporium, 7345 W. Madison St., around 6 a.m., after a passerby noticed that the front door had been smashed with a rock. Two glass cases in the antique mall had also been smashed and several spoons and a watch were lying among shards of broken glass on the mall floor. The two cases belonged to a vendor who suffered a shop burglary a month ago in the same fashion. Missing from the case were 15 antique spoons, valued at $20 each, an antique Victorian pin worth $1,000, eight men’s antique rings worth $560, and cufflinks and watches worth $600. A witness said a man matching the description of the earlier burglar was observed in the area the day before the incident. Police collected a dried blood sample from the rock for DNA testing.
Stealing a bike, first day out of jail
A man drinking morning coffee on his porch on Aug. 28 in the 1000 block of Dunlop observed an unknown man in his 20s walk out of the rear yard of his sister’s house rolling her powder-blue Schwinn Suburban women’s bicycle. He yelled across the street, “Hey what are you doing with my sister’s bike?” to which the man allegedly replied, “It’s my bike,” and rode off down Dunlop. The bike owner’s brother gave chase while calling police. Cops encountered a man fitting the thief’s description on Desplaines Avenue on foot. When asked if he had just stolen a bike, the Berwyn man, 22, said he had “given it back.” The bike was discovered on the southeast corner of Dunlop and Polk. The man said he only took it because he had a headache. At the station, two bond slips were discovered in the man’s pocket indicating he had just been released from Cook County Jail the previous day for violation of probation. He was charged with felony theft, based on a previous conviction for shoplifting.
Car burglar ignores iPad, cash
Three vehicles were broken into in the alley between the 400 blocks of Marengo and Elgin, overnight Aug. 23. All had shattered windows and had been rummaged through, especially the glove compartments, but nothing was stolen except a bar of deodorant and a pack of menthol cigarettes. One car owner said she had left an iPad, $300 cash and a pair of Oakley brand sunglasses in the car, which went untouched.
Cops break up fight using Taser
Police were summoned to a fight in the 400 block of Thomas, around 3 a.m. on Aug. 25, and found a man aggressively pursuing another man who was running backwards with his hands protecting his face. Cops ordered the aggressor, a 35-year-old from Berwyn, several times to halt. When he did not and resisted arrest, an officer deployed his Taser X26, making contact in the chest and stomach. The man immediately complied and was arrested. He was given a local ordinance ticket for public fighting and resisting arrest although police later determined he had not hurt his companion prior to their arrival on the scene.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 20-27, 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.