Displays handgun, steals jacket

A man told police that an unknown man approached him around midnight, Dec. 4, as he walked home from work on Roosevelt Road near Circle Avenue and pulled up his shirt revealing a black handgun that “looked like a Glock auto.” The man, who was wearing a hoodie and a skull cap, allegedly told the victim “You know what this is. Give me your jacket.” The victim removed his Pelle Pelle jacket, which contained an iPod, work gloves and some paperwork, and the robber ran off across the Forest Park National Bank parking lot. Police thought they saw the offender, but they lost track of him in the alleys and backyards around the 1100 block of Marengo. A K-9 police dog unit found the discarded jacket, with iPod and a handgun and skull cap in a yard near the 1000 block of Harlem.

Walmart register robber nabbed

Forest Park police arrested a Homer Glen man, Dec. 3, who allegedly stumbled into the Forest Park Walmart, bleeding from his legs, and shortly thereafter, around 9 a.m., snatched money from an open cash register.

Jeffrey R. Wilson, 22, who reportedly described himself as “drug sick” and “confused” was described by the greeter to police as “sickly looking and bleeding” when he stumbled into the store. After asking for tissue to attend his bleeding leg scabs, he was advised by store personnel to go into the bathroom, according to reports.

Police said he exited the bathroom, lunged past a cashier with an open register drawer and grabbed a fistful of cash before attempting to flee.

A male shopper, who was smaller than Wilson, police say, observed him in the men’s room and noticed his odd behavior. The man told police he saw Wilson exit the men’s room, grab cash with both hands and walk fast toward the exit doors where he was standing. Police said he pushed his cart in front of Wilson to stop him and then tackled him in the vestibule of the store to keep him from leaving the scene in hopes security or police would get there in time. Wilson allegedly told him, “You don’t know why I’m doing this. I need money for my dad.”

Wilson allegedly struggled free and fled in a 2004 Chevy Avalanche, which was pulled over by Forest Park police near Roosevelt Road and East Avenue. Police recovered $200 in cash from his truck. At the station, Wilson allegedly told police he was looking for heroin money. He was charged with felony robbery.

Heroin at Thornton’s

Three young visitors from Aurora and Warrenville were questioned, Dec. 6, at Thornton’s gas station, 601 Harlem Ave., after an officer looked in the window and observed them huddling in a parked, white, 2005 GMC truck while one passenger held a lighter underneath a spoon and appeared to be cooking a controlled substance. The drivers exited the vehicle and Alexander Coix, 18, of Warrenville, admitted he had eight zip-lock bags of heroin on his person. A second passenger from Warrenville, Roger A. Johnson, 23, admitted he had four bags of heroin. The two also had six Vicodin and four Xanax pills. Also recovered was a hypodermic needle. A minor from Aurora was with them and was released to her guardian without charge.

The three were taken to the station where they reportedly told police they bought a “jab” (a dozen bags) of heroin for $100 at Cicero and West End in Chicago. Coix allegedly told police he’s been a heroin addict for four years and uses 5-6 bags of heroin per day. Coix and Johnson were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substances, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Muddy steel sewer covers in a Jeep

A woman told police she observed a man carrying a steel sewer cover out of the alley behind the 600 block of Elgin and put the cover into a maroon vehicle around 8 a.m. on Dec. 8. Police spotted a maroon Jeep a few minutes later in a nearby alley. When police stopped the Jeep, they noticed 12 iron sewer covers in the back. Police also recovered muddied gloves and a tire iron with a muddied tip. The driver, Leon Jackson, 40, of Bellwood, was reportedly wearing all black except a muddied white T-shirt. Jackson admitted to stealing sewer covers from alleys in the 600 blocks of Ferdinand, Marengo, Thomas and Elgin. Jackson was charged with felony theft.

Residential burglary

Someone entered a home in the 100 block of Marengo between 2:20 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and stole electronics, including a PS# video game system, an Amazon Kindle Fire Computer and two television receivers.

Laundromat burglary

Persons unknown pried open the office doors of a Laundromat in the 7600 block of Madison, overnight Dec. 7, and stole a cash register, which had been sitting on the office desk. The last employee to lock up told police there had been $60 in the till.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 2-9, 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.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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