Armed robbery at 7-Eleven

Police responded to the report of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store in the 7700 block of Roosevelt Road around 12:50 a.m., Aug. 4. Employees said a man entered the store, talking on a cellphone. The clerk told police the offender took two cellphone cards off the rack, approached the register and began yelling, “B—! Open the register, this is a robbery, give me the money.” The clerk said a black metal handgun wrapped in black tape was hanging at the offender’s side under his shirt. As the clerk reached for the store panic button, the man jumped over the counter, grabbed the cash drawer and pulled it out, breaking the cord. He then jumped back over the front counter and exited the store, fleeing on foot. Total cash loss was unknown.

Man brandishes knife in nail spa

Employees of a nail spa in the 1200 block of Harlem Avenue told police a man threatened them with a knife in an armed robbery attempt July 31 around noon. Two employees of the spa told police the man entered the spa earlier that morning and inquired about the cost of a manicure and pedicure. He then left. Around lunch time, the man returned and moved behind the counter allegedly brandishing a 3-inch knife and yelling, “Give me the money!” The two women in the shop told the man their boss was away and they had no access to the store’s safe. He allegedly chased them to the back of the store with the knife and then fled out of the shop, whereupon the women called police. Forest Park police observed a subject matching the description running behind 7244 Roosevelt Road. He was taken into custody and later identified by the victims. Robert Seredi, 42, of Carol Stream, told police he had been dropped off by a friend to meet a drug dealer and purchase $100 worth of cocaine, but only had $10 on his person. He said he was trying to get more money to buy drugs. Police charged Seredi with felony attempted robbery.

Catalytic converter removed during Walmart shift

A woman told police her 2000 Chevy Malibu made strange sounds after she got off her shift at Walmart, July 31, so she drove it to a mechanic in Melrose Park who told her the catalytic converter had been sawed off. The woman had parked her car in an employee parking area during her 1:30-4 p.m. shift. Walmart security told police a witness had come into the store around 4 p.m. and said she believed she had just witnessed an auto burglary committed by two men operating out of a white minivan and lying on the ground next to a car in the parking lot.

Another catalytic converter was stolen from a 2000 Chevy Cavalier during the day, July 30, in the 7600 block of Roosevelt Road.

Illegal gun, bullets turn up in traffic stop

Police recovered an illegal Kel-Tec P32 .32 caliber handgun around 1:45 p.m., Aug. 1, and eight hollow-point bullets after they stopped a vehicle for having no front license plate. The driver of the 2002 Infiniti Q45, a 37-year-old man from Chicago, was found to have a previous arrest in 2002 for unlawful use of a weapon. He denied possessing any drugs or weapons when he exited his car near Wisconsin and Garfield in Oak Park, but police observed that the leather molding of the center console had been previously pulled out and was not flush with the carpeting. The officer tugged the leather, and the handgun fell out onto the floor. The driver was taken into custody where he reportedly told police he traveled near Laramie and Division streets in Chicago for work and carried the gun for protection. He was found to have no valid Firearm Owner Identification card and was charged with one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon, no FOID.

Selling gift cards at Dunkin Donuts

Police arrested a 32-year-old Oak Park man who allegedly used the Internet to meet people at the Forest Park Dunkin Donuts who were interested in selling him used gift cards for less than face value. The man came to police attention after he was observed quickly exchanging money in the parking lot with two other people, Aug. 2 around 6 p.m. in the 7200 block of Circle Avenue. He was found to have an active warrant from Sangamon County and was charged with conducting business without a permit.

“Bad penny” patron unwelcome at bar

Police removed a 22-year-old Champaign man who kept returning to a bar in the 7400 block of Madison Street around 2 a.m., Aug. 3. The man, who had been asked repeatedly to leave, allegedly returned and tried to sneak back into the bar more than once. The last time he was asked to leave, he reportedly struck a bar employee in the face while the two scuffled. Police arrived, took him into custody and handcuffed him. He was charged with one count of battery and criminal trespass.

Parked car pilfering

Change was removed and glove compartments ransacked in two cars parked overnight in the 7200 block of Adams St., Aug. 3. One vehicle had a GPS removed. Loss was estimated at $150.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, July 29-Aug. 3, 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.

Neighbors complain about 900 block of Thomas

Forest Park police met July 23 with about 50 neighbors to discuss summer arrests and unlawful behavior of residents the 900 block of Thomas Avenue after earlier incidents of residents and visitors fighting in public in the street in front of their house.

 

"There was not one specific incident that prompted this meeting," said Deputy Chief Thomas Aftanas. "It resulted due to several complaints ranging from fights, loitering in streets and alleys and not allowing vehicles to pass as well as loud swearing and also the increase in car/garage burglaries."

 

On May 8, three persons were arrested around 1 p.m., after being summoned by a caller who said two men were fighting in the street.

 

The block has been the scene of numerous calls because of loiterers around an apartment building on the block.

 

On June 18, callers reported a brick-throwing brawl on the block involving 22 people. When police arrived, several men fled the scene and ran through residents' yards. Two men and a juvenile were arrested and charged with mob action and disorderly conduct.

 

"We have increased patrol, including our tactical officers as well as WEDGE officers," Aftanas said. "Residents have been advised to contact us for any incidents that they witness," he added.

 

"All in all, it was an educational meeting for us, as well as the residents," Aftanas added.

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...

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