Debit card fraud nipped by Chase and cops

A customer of a Roosevelt Road car dealership told Forest Park police he misplaced his nylon wallet at the dealership March 4 and didn’t realize it until his debit card company messaged him his card was being used at the Forest Park Walmart and a Shell gas station. The victim called Forest Park police. Police approached the Shell station and curbed a white 2013 Dodge van that was just leaving after the occupants had purchased gas. A 20-year-old passenger in the car was questioned and turned over a Chase card as well as other credit cards, plus an ID belonging to the victim. According to the offender, a friend picked up the wallet from the ground at Hawk Dodge Jeep and pocketed it. The two men then went to Walmart, where the offender’s mother was shopping. The Chicago man used the credit card to buy $2.08 worth of gum, then rang up $124.58 worth of merchandise on the card. When he attempted a third purchase of $253.08, the transaction was denied. The group then left Walmart, where they headed to a gas station to pump gas and charge it to the card. The offender was charged with felony unlawful use of credit card. 

Post-parade arrests

A caller told police three people, two women and a man, were urinating and consuming narcotics in front of Schauer Hardware store, 7449 Madison Street around 5 p.m. March 8. As an officer approached, a 27-year-old Schiller Park woman raised her head from the hood of a 1990 red Cadillac and concealed something from view in her shirt. As she sat on the hood of the car, the officer noticed a white powdery substance under her left nasal cavity and a white powder on the hood of the Cadillac. The woman reportedly tried to rub the powder off the car with her body. Officers recovered a blue bag containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. At the station, the woman said she was “holding the cocaine for another person.” Her two companions were released without charge. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The siren’s song of Slainte

Police were summoned to remove an intoxicated patron of Slainte around 5:45 p.m. after the St. Patrick’s Day parade March 8. The 26-year-old Forest Park man was asked repeatedly by employees to exit the bar, but had refused to do so. Police gave him a warning and told him to exit the bar and not return. But an hour later, Slainte employees said he returned, more intoxicated than before and was argumentative about why he was not allowed to enter the bar. He was issued a local ordinance ticket for public intoxication and disorderly conduct and released to his mother.

Booze-judgment leads to porch décor theft

A resident in the 500 block of Thomas called police after she observed a 50-year-Antioch woman removing the decorations from her porch around 6 p.m. March 8. The woman had travelled down the block, but when stopped by police she said she took the decorations as a joke and intended to give them back. Her slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and strong odor of alcohol led police to issue her a local ordinance citation for drunkenness. 

Fighting and biting at Doc Ryan’s

Police arrived at Doc Ryan’s , 7423 Madison St. around 9:30 p.m. on March 8 where they observed a fight going on in front of the bar. Two women were scuffling on the sidewalk, with one striking the other on the head repeatedly with a closed fist. Witnesses told police one woman unprovoked had attacked a group of people who were passing by. A male companion of one of the female victims attempted to pull the woman off of his friend, but he was bitten in the thumb by the offender. She then went back to beating the other women with her fists. All parties refused medical attention. The woman was taken into  custody. She told police she thought she might have AIDS and police contacted the male victim who had been bitten to seek medical attention. She was charged with one count of battery and released on bond.

Police returned to Doc Ryan’s around 11:30 p.m. where two women were fighting, pulling each others’ hair and punching each other. Police finally separated the two and arrested one, a 23-year-old from Schiller Park, issuing her a local ordinance for fighting in public. 

Someone’s been sleeping in my Caravan

A woman told police she opened her unlocked 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan March 9 and discovered someone had peeled the steering wheel of the car, removed the ignition and reclined the driver’s and front passenger seats all the way back. No damage estimate was provided.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, March 3-9, 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


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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