Cannabis and wads of cash

Police curbed a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am on a traffic violation April 21 around 12:30 a.m. and noted that the driver and passenger had an open 750 ml bottle of Hennessy in plain view and that the female passenger had a bundle of cash next to her leg.

Police questioned the 20-year-old passenger, who said the money belonged to the 22-year-old driver, and that she was “just playing with it.”

Police reported that they observed the strong odor of fresh cannabis coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, when asked, denied the presence of pot in his car.

According to the police report he then began to act “nervous and talk rapidly” when told by police that his car would be searched by a K-9 narcotics dog.

The officers asked the driver to exit the vehicle, and when he did, they reportedly noticed another bundle of cash on the vehicle’s center console, which the driver grabbed and stuffed into his pocket.

During a safety pat-down, officers recovered a total of $1,400 in cash from the driver, who allegedly claimed the money was from his income tax return. From the car, police reported recovering a baggie containing marijuana and two stacks of small plastic baggies which are “commonly used to package narcotics.”

Police also reported finding in the glove compartment an empty box for a small digital scale. The female passenger was given a issued a local ordinance citation for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, but the driver was found to have a previous arrest in Chicago for possession of cannabis.

He was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and two traffic citations. The Pontiac was impounded and the cash was seized.

Vehicles stolen and damaged

A red 1995 Dodge Dakota pickup with mounted camper disappeared from a parking lot in the 7700 block of Roosevelt Rd. between 5 and 7 p.m. on April 19. Police did not observe broken glass in the area and the owner said he had the only key, according to reports.

A 1997 Chevy Blazer was stolen from a Com Ed lot near the CTA Blue Line sometime during the day on April 17.

Person(s) unknown hurled a chunk of concrete through the windshield of a 2003 Buick Le Sabre parked overnight in the CTA Blue Line parking lot at 711 Desplaines Ave. April 20.

Madison Commons condo break-in

A residence in the Madison Commons condominiums in the 7400 block of Madison Street was burglarized sometime during the day on April 22.

Police reported that the owner discovered his front door and dead bolt broken open with a pry tool and the residence ransacked. The unit’s owner told police a Gateway laptop and iPad were missing, as well as a necklace of diamonds and yellow gold, two designer purses, Gucci shoes, cuff links and approximately $5,000 in miscellaneous jewelry.

A blue women’s bicycle was stolen from an unsecured garage in the 7700 block of Monroe Street sometime during the day on April 17.

Move your car, mister

Forest Park police observed a 2012 Ford Equinox standing in the traffic lane atop the expressway bridge in the 700 block of Harlem Avenue around 9:45 a.m. on April 15. The officer honked at the vehicle, and the driver waved, but reportedly did not move the vehicle, as he was waiting for a passenger to exit the car and enter the CTA station.

The driver then moved forward and the Forest Park officer curbed the car. The driver, a 45-year-old man from Willowbrook, told police his license was suspended. He was charged for stopping where prohibited and driving on a suspended license.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, April 14-22 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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