Armed robbery

A woman told police she became aware she was being followed down the alley in the 900 block of Hannah around 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 4. She turned and a man in his mid- to late-20s displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and said, “Give me your stuff.” She told police she gave the man “everything she had,” which included a Samsung Flip phone, a Visa credit card, a bag with clothing, a textbook, calculator and some medications. The suspect then walked ahead of her until he was picked up by the driver of a “dark, older model junky car” and sped off.

Racy novel among shoplifted items

A 58-year-old Chicago woman was followed by store personnel at Walmart after security observed her stuffing merchandise into an Aldi bag around 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. When she exited the store without paying, she was nabbed by store security who called Forest police. Recovered from the bag were items totaling $65.09, including four thermal shirts, two window drapes, two containers of Folgers coffee, two Jimmy Dean’s Breakfast Bowls and a novel titled, “Savage Hunger.” She was charged with a local ordinance violation.

Apartment allegedly ransacked

A residence in the 1100 block of Hannah was ransacked for the second time in four months, owners told police after arriving home around 8 p.m. on Dec. 14. They reported that a 32-inch Toshiba TV, a Nintendo 64 game console, a Sony DVD player and a cable converter box were missing. Drawers were opened, clothes were strewn on the floor and the refrigerator was left open. Police said the front door may have been pried open. But the owner later called and told police the TV was discovered in the front closet and other electronics were buried under clothes in the hamper.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 10-15, 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...