Tinted windows fail to obscure pot and cash wad

Forest Park police pulled over a silver 2003 Infinity G35, driving south in the 900 block of Harlem Avenue around 2 p.m., April 24, because the car had illegally tinted windows. According to reports, the officer curbed the car and while talking to the driver noticed a strong odor of burning cannabis coming from the vehicle. The driver, a 22-year-old from Plainfield, reportedly acknowledged that he and his passengers were smoking “weed” in the Infinity before being pulled over and pointed to a cannabis pipe in the car’s ashtray. As a passenger exited the vehicle, the officer noted a large bundle of cash rubber-banded and stuffed into the back passenger door of the car. The officer asked how much money was in the wad and the passenger, a 24-year-old from Plainfield, reported a figure of $6,500. He told officers he was planning to spend it at a Cicero store.

At that point a pedestrian approached the vehicle and told police he had witnessed a bundle being flung out of the car as it was stopping. Officers recovered a large bag containing a leafy substance, suspected to be cannabis. Officers also found a small bag of cannabis in the pocket of the other passenger. A K-9 narcotics dog indicated that the presence of narcotic residue on the bundle of money, which was seized. The passenger with the wad of cash reportedly told police at the station that he had just purchased a bag of pot for $900 and that he sold cannabis on the side to supplement his income while he works at a truck yard. Antonio Amador, of Plainfield, was charged with felony possession of cannabis (30-500 grams) and possession with intent to deliver.

$300 of beauty products

A Chicago man and his female companion, both 30, were arrested by Forest Park police after they allegedly stuffed 38 makeup items into their clothing at the Forest Park CVS, 7216 Circle Ave., and exited the store around 1 p.m., April 23. Police reportedly found 33 items in the pants and jacket sleeves of Isias Garcia, valued at $314, according to CVS loss-prevention staff. Garcia was charged with felony retail theft over $300. His companion was charged with a misdemeanor.

Burglaries to autos

A garage in the 1500 block of Elgin Avenue was entered, overnight April 24-25, by someone who used a pry tool to open the side service door. A bicycle hanging in the garage was tampered with, using a garden shears to attempt to cut the cable lock securing the bike to the wall. Two unlocked vehicles in the garage were ransacked, but nothing was taken except about $2 in change, owners said.

A 2009 Chevy Cobalt was ransacked around 10:30 p.m. on April 24 behind a residence in the 400 block of Hannah. The car’s owner said an iPhone 4 was removed from the car.

Someone entered an unlocked garage in the 1400 block of Elgin, overnight April 23-24, and ransacked an unlocked 2012 Chevy parked inside. A small change purse containing $8 in quarters was reported stolen.

Tossing bottles in the street

Neighbors called police after two men from Berwyn and Chicago were observed throwing beer bottles into the street at Madison and Beloit around 1:50 a.m. on April 27. Police questioned the men, who said they had been drinking on Madison Street. One man told police he decided he did not want to be walking around with beer bottles and decided to throw them into the air, after which they shattered in the street. One man was issued a local ordinance ticket for public intoxication.

Tries to break up brawl, struck in face

A woman told police she was attempting to break up a fight on the sidewalk outside Doc Ryan’s, 7423 W. Madison St. around 2:30 a.m. on April 28 when a 21-year-old man from Berwyn began to insult her and call her and her friend a “fat b—-.” She told police the man struck her in the face with a closed fist. Police officers observed a red swelling on her upper lip. Police questioned the man, who appeared extremely intoxicated and reportedly insisted, “I didn’t do s—” and “I didn’t touch the b—-.” The man was brought to Forest Park station where he was charged with one count of battery.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, April 22-28, 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...