Taking ‘stoplight’ to a new level

Police observed a woman slumped over in the driver’s seat of a silver Mitsubishi Galant at a red light, Roosevelt Road and Harlem Avenue, around 11 p.m. on Feb. 11. As the light turned green, traffic went around the Mitsubishi and police observed that the female driver was passed out with her foot on the brake. When officers opened her car door, she awoke, startled. As the 34-year-old Chicago woman exited the car, officers observed a small knotted plastic bag on the driver’s seat filled with a white powdery substance that later tested positive for heroin. The woman was charged with possession of 1 gram of heroin drug paraphernalia.

Auto window smashed

Someone broke the driver’s side window of a 2001 Chevy Suburban, parked at Ferdinand and Madison around midnight on Feb. 14.

In a hurry for chips and milk

Officers on patrol observed a 1995 tan Chevy Tahoe traveling north on Harlem Avenue at 53 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone around 1:40 a.m. on Feb. 11. When the Tahoe reached the I-290 entrance ramp it stopped at the red light, and the officer curbed the car on the ramp. The female driver, a 43-year-old Riverside woman, was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt. She told officers she had come out of the currency exchange, had left her purse at home and insisted she was on an errand to pick up milk. When asked why she needed to take the expressway to get milk, she told police she had to go to a particular gas station in Chicago to buy a particular brand of chips. Police discovered she had an active arrest warrant from North Riverside for failure to appear in court on a retail theft charge. She was taken into custody and her car was impounded. She was charged with speeding, seat belt violations, expired driver’s license and failure to appear in court.

‘Tired of walking’

In the early morning of Feb. 11, a neighbor smoking a cigarette on his balcony saw an unknown man remove and ride away with his neighbor’s black and blue 26 Maga Index 10 speed Mountain bike, worth approximately $200, from the courtyard of their building in the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road. He gave police a description of the suspect’s maroon hat and jacket. Police stopped a man matching the witness’ description near the Blue Line CTA station at Des Plaines Avenue riding a bike.

Recovered from the 21-year-old Forest Park man was a knife with a 10-inch blade, a flashlight, a head lamp and some wire cutters.

The owner of the bike was informed and identified his bike, which he said he had left chained to a metal post with a gray cable
and lock.

The arrested man told police he was tired of walking and had several miles to get to Melrose Park to see his girlfriend. He said he observed an unattended bike in the courtyard and thought the owner wouldn’t miss it. He was charged with misdemeanor theft.

Mischief while bowling

Two women observed two unknown men inside of their father’s Dodge Caravan near Circle Bowl in the 7300 block of Circle around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. They scared off the offenders by hitting the vehicle’s key pad alarm. The two gave chase to the would-be car thieves, who ran toward the Green Line CTA station. They returned to the bowling alley and told the van’s owner, who found a large rock inside his van and the steering
column broken.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 11-15, 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

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...