Dapper mystery man ditches VW at Thornton’s
Police arrived at Thornton’s gas station, 601 S. Harlem Ave. around 2:45 a.m., Dec. 22, after receiving a call that a man wearing a grey suit with a red bow tie had abandoned a 2001 Volkswagen with a missing front wheel and bent rim in front of the air pumps. Clerks said the man appeared “very nervous and was in a hurry trying to get a cab to leave.” The man hailed a Blue Cab, leaving the VW behind. The cab driver told police he dropped the man off near Route 83 and St. Charles Road and that he paid in cash. The owner of the VW was notified.
Credit card thief on Walmart spree
A 19-year-old Triton College student from Bellwood told Forest Park police an unknown person had used her credit/debit card without her approval. She said she last used the card on Dec. 11 at Triton for a transaction of $2.95, then misplaced the card. The card statement showed four Walmart transactions Dec. 14 and 17 of $998, $923, $998 and $928. Police helped her file a report with the credit card company.
Grinch steals Christmas presents
A victim told police someone entered his residence in the 1200 block of Jackson Boulevard by breaking a rear-door glass panel and crawling into the apartment sometime Christmas morning. Removed from the apartment were a Sony PlayStation 3 and controller, and two gift wrapped presents containing three pairs of socks and a DVD called “Who Built America?” Loss was estimated at $310.
Com Ed telephone scam
A 46-year-old man told Forest Park police he was contacted by phone by a man who claimed to be a representative of Com Ed. The voice on the phone told him he was behind on his electricity bill payments by three months and he would need to pay up $392.68 or his electricity would be shut off. The man on the phone told the victim to purchase a Money Pak prepaid card and provide the account number on the back. The man bought three Money Pak cards totaling $1,428.04 before a relative convinced him he was the victim of a scam.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 20-26, 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.
—Compiled by Jean Lotus