Alleged shoplifter wanted by sheriff

Forest Park police were dispatched to Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., around 1:30 p.m. May 23 after store security detained a 31-year-old Chicago woman who allegedly concealed an iPod screen guard and a pair of headphones in a plastic bag and attempted to leave the store. Although she initially gave a phony name and address, her Loyola identification card worn on a lanyard around her neck revealed her name. Police discovered she had an outstanding warrant from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for a “Violation of Conditional Release.” She was not issued a local ordinance violation for shoplifting, but was turned over to the sheriff’s office because of the warrant.

Heroin nabbed in traffic stop

A 32-year-old Downers Grove woman told police she injects 12 bags of heroin a day after being nabbed in a traffic stop in the 8400 block of Roosevelt Rd. around 10:30 p.m. on May 23. Police noticed a used syringe on the front passenger seat of the 2003 Chevy Impala, after they asked Lana M. Hargrove and the 30-year-old Romeoville man driving to exit the vehicle. The driver, Damien R. Montez, was found to have an active warrant from DuPage County for assault. During a search of the vehicle, police recovered seven blue and purple heat sealed bags each containing a foil packet that contained 6.3 grams of an off-white powder, suspected to be heroin. Other used syringes and empty foil packets were found on the floor of the car. Hargrove reportedly told police she was addicted to heroin and had just purchased the drugs recovered from the vehicle from a dealer in Berwyn who met her to sell her narcotics. She told police she injects approximately 12 bags of heroin a day. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Montez was charged with a traffic violation and processed for the active warrant.

Failed garage burglary

A garage side door was discovered damaged with a pry tool around 10 a.m. May 22 in the 1000 block of Marengo, but the lock was not defeated and entrance was not gained into the garage.

Pot in his pants

Police curbed a 2000 Ford Explorer at the I-290/DesPlaines Avenue exit around 3:30 p.m. May 22 because the driver allegedly failed to signal a turn. The officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of cannabis emitting from the vehicle as he interviewed the driver Tommy E. Gumbus, 36, of Bolingbrook. The officer observed that Gumbus had his pants unbuttoned and the zipper undone. He was asked if he had anything illegal on his person or in his vehicle and he reportedly said he had “an ounce and a half of weed,” which he had been in the process of stuffing into his pants. Police reportedly recovered two clear knotted plastic bags each containing a green leafy substance and weighing 44 grams and $143. Gumbus refused to sign a Miranda form, but reportedly told police he stole the cannabis from a car outside a barber shop in Bolingbrook. He said he was going to sell the pot to his cousin for $200, or whatever he could get for it. Gumbus reportedly said had fallen on hard times and was “thirsty to make money.” He was charged with felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

He only remembers the address

A 76-year-old Berwyn man was charged with violating an order of protection after he allegedly pounded on a former girlfriend’s door in the 1500 block of Marengo around 4:30 p.m. May 22. When police arrived, the man was getting into his van to flee, but police ordered him out of the vehicle. The man had been issued a verbal warning the previous week that he could not go near the victim, but he told police he had no memory of the prior warning or an earlier domestic battery arrest, trial and sheriff’s order of protection ruling. Because of his alleged memory problems, his age and previous medical issues related by his family, police ordered him to be re-tested to see if he should be allowed to operate a motor vehicle. The victim told police she did not want him arrested, but only wanted him informed he could not make contact with her.

Retail burglary

Police were summoned to a business in the 7700 block of Madison Street around 2 p.m. May 20 where the manager showed them that outer and inner deadbolts to the business had been tampered with. Inside, police discovered the cash register had been damaged. The manager stated $90 was missing from the register.

An alarm system appeared to scare off a would-be burglar of a business in the 7400 block of Madison Street around 4:40 a.m., May 20. Police responding to the alarm found the back door lock had been removed by an unknown tool. Nothing inside the store appeared to have been disturbed.

Alleged shoplifter had 40 prior arrests, 19 convictions

Police were dispatched to Walgreens, 7200 Roosevelt Rd. after store security observed a man allegedly taking deodorant packages off the shelf, stuffing them into a bag and fleeing the store around 2:30 p.m. on May 20. Patrol officers reported a man fitting the suspect’s description walking quickly in the 900 block of Hannah Ave. carrying an empty plastic bag. Store personnel identified the man, Eric McCord of Maywood, and confirmed in store surveillance video that McCord allegedly removed 10 Degree deodorants and one Dove container, total worth $58.39, from the shelves. Police were unable to recover the stolen merchandise. At the station, McCord reportedly denied stealing anything. Police noted that he had 40 prior arrests and 19 previous convictions. Police confirmed he had an arrest and conviction in 2005 for retail theft at the same location. The Assistant State’s Attorney approved a felony count of retail theft against McCord. He was also charged with criminal trespass.

Purse stolen at cemetery

A woman who “left her car windows open because it was so hot outside” at Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 Cermak Rd. around 2:30 p.m. on May 20 returned from visiting a gravesite to find her black and red cloth purse missing from the interior of her Chevy Malibu. Stolen were credit cards, a driver’s license, Social Security card, $100 cash, a cell phone and digital camera.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, May 20-23, 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...