$200 a day on heroin
Police spotted a parked 2002 black Pontiac Grand Am in the parking lot of the Walgreens in the 1200 block of Harlem, around 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 27, with a male driver slumped over the wheel. When the squad car entered the parking lot, the driver and his female passenger drove the car out of the lot, exiting into the alley without signaling. Ronald Lee Hess II and a woman, both 30, from Schaumburg, told police they had just bought heroin at I-290 and Cicero. Hess had suspended driver’s licenses from both Florida and Illinois. The woman left an open purse on the seat revealing a set of baggies labeled with a “Playboy” symbol and a white powdery residue that tested positive for heroin. Underneath the front passenger seat was a bag containing 10 hypodermic needles. When she removed her boot, 13 other zip-lock baggies filled with heroin fell out. Hess insisted that all the drugs were his and that he drives to I-290 and Cicero twice a day to pick up heroin, on which he spends $200 per day. The pair said Hess had given the woman the drugs to stuff into her boot and that a few baggies had “fallen into her purse.” She was released without charges and Hess es was charged with driving with license suspended, failure to signal, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a court date of Sept. 20 in the Maybrook courthouse.
Felony charges for batteries and deodorant
Police were summoned to the Ultra Foods in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road around 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 27 after a man was seen meandering through the store allegedly stuffing small items in his pants. The man reportedly became agitated and abusive to police and resisted being handcuffed, even after the officer performed a take-down move. The officer suffered lacerations and abrasions to his right hand, for which medical treatment was sought. A second officer threatened to deploy a Taser, at which point the man acquiesced. Police recovered two packages of eight AAA batteries, one package of Bic disposable lighters and two Speed Stick antiperspirants, valued at a total of $39.17. The Berwyn man, 40, is on parole with the Illinois Dept. of Corrections under home monitoring. His parole was revoked and he was charged with robbery, felony retail theft and felony resisting arrest.
Chased through the neighborhood
A 30-year-old man from Downers Grove was caught after a chase through the neighborhood around 12:30 on Aug. 28 after police and Kmart security said he allegedly stuffed 29 beauty items and four Texas Instrument calculators into two different backpacks and tried to charge past the exit. When he saw the squad car, the man bolted across the parking lot, crossed Roosevelt Road and disappeared into the residential area across the street. He was spotted in an alley and apprehended an hour later. Stolen merchandise was valued at $554.36. A felony theft charge was approved by the assistant state’s attorney.
Nothing missing in restaurant burglary
Video security cameras showed a man wearing black and white gym shoes, black pants and a blue hooded sweatshirt covering his face as he exited a silver, older-model sedan around 12:44 a.m. on Aug. 29. He used a crowbar to shatter the bottom half of the glass back door at Smokin’ M’s restaurant in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Rd. The man entered the restaurant, poked around in the bathrooms and utility closet and then pulled open the register’s cash drawer. He appeared to remove nothing from the register and then exited the restaurant through the broken back door.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 28-Sept.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