Stolen meat company truck turns up in Indiana

The night foreman for Weinstein Meats, 7501 Industrial Drive, said a GPS unit helped the company locate a white Kenilworth company truck with trailer attached that was driven off the lot around 9:30 p.m., Nov. 10. The employee told Forest Park police the GPS showed the truck leaving the lot and driving to Gary, Indiana, where it was abandoned around 11:30 p.m. at Fifth Avenue and Clark Street. The Weinstein employee said the thief was likely captured on one of the company’s many surveillance cameras.

 Cellphone stop

Forest Park police curbed the driver of a rented 2014 Toyota Corolla after seeing him chatting on a cellphone while driving around 11:51 a.m., Nov. 12. The location of the offense was not given. The 26-year-old Chicago man was issued citations for cellphone use and driving on a suspended license. The rental car was returned to its owners.

 Homeless care packages taken

A woman who parked her 2005 Kia Spectra in the Kmart parking lot, 7630 Roosevelt Road, around 3:30 p.m., Nov. 12, told police she came out of the store to find her rear window smashed. Removed from the car were eight shoeboxes filled with personal hygiene items meant to be donated as care packages to a homeless shelter.

 Panty thief nabbed after chase

Police arrested a 28-year-old Chicago man after a foot chase around 11:30 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot. A store clerk had observed him allegedly stuffing packages of women’s panties and deodorants into the sleeves of his coat. When confronted by security as he tried to exit the store, he bolted across the parking lot but was taken into custody by a Forest Park officer on the scene. Police recovered 32 packages of women’s underwear and 12 two-pack packages of Degree deodorant in his sleeves and pants pockets. The total value of the stolen items was $198.83. Syrron S. Williams was charged with felony retail theft.

 Porch theft

A resident called police after she observed a 52-year-old Chicago man, who was riding a red bicycle, allegedly remove a Post Office package from the porch of a house in the 1100 block of Thomas Avenue around 11:30 a.m., Nov. 13, and ride away. Cops located a man matching the description riding a bike carrying a parcel in the 1100 alley between Ferdinand and Beloit. He was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor theft. The owner of the parcel came and identified the contents.

 Theft of Porsche plates 

A green 2004 Porsche Cayenne with Indiana dealer plates came to police attention after racking up seven parking tickets since September. After receiving a complaint from the Indiana car dealer that the plate was not connected to any car in their lot, police saw the sports car parked in front of a house in the 300 block of Marengo, the morning of Nov. 14. A man exited the building and entered the car, at which point, police stopped him and took him into custody. 

The resident produced proof of ownership of the car but said he got the license plate from an uncle, whose name he couldn’t recall. He also provided bogus insurance information. He was charged with possession of stolen property (the license plate), no proof of insurance and no valid registration. The Porsche was seized and towed by Nobbs Towing.

 Cars burglarized, pilfered

A catalytic converter, battery and spare tire were removed from a Ford F250 pickup used for snowplowing and landscaping. It was parked in the Forest Park Auto lot at 1351 Circle Ave. between Oct. 27 and Nov. 12.

A garage left open in the 7200 block of Jackson Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Nov. 13, enabled a thief to enter and ransack an unlocked Escalade SUV and a Ford Mustang parked inside. The owners reported a box of 20 $20 Target gift cards and $200 cash missing from the cars.

A spare tire was cut from a cable linking it to a parked Ford F-150 Pickup truck, overnight Nov. 14-15, in the 1100 block of Beloit Avenue.

 Pot-smelling, underage patrons at Slainte

Forest Park police checking IDs at Slainte, 7505 Madison St., around 1:15 a.m., Nov. 14, caught a distinctive whiff of cannabis as a 26-year-old patron passed them. Cops recovered a single rolled cigar, containing a green leafy substance, from his pocket. He was issued a local ordinance citation for possession of cannabis. A 20-year-old young lady from Forest Park was also nabbed after failing to prove she was of legal drinking age. She was issued a local ordinance ticket for misrepresenting her age at a bar.

That’s why the lady is a thief

A 52-year-old man told police he met a young lady in her 20s in Maywood at the intersection of Madison Street and 5th Avenue around 2:30 p.m., Nov. 14, who asked to take a ride in his blue 2009 Toyota Camry. He said he stopped at the Citgo in the 7300 block of Randolph to buy a pack of cigarettes and left his passenger unattended in the car. When he came out of the gas station, the Camry was gone. He said he had only met the woman an hour before and did not know her name.

 Hissing man removed from Fatduck … again

Police were called to Fat Duck tavern after an intoxicated 57-year-old Chicago man returned for the second day, Nov. 16, to the restaurant at 7218 Madison St. He had been asked to leave and never come back the day before.

When a hostess asked him to exit the bar, he was reportedly “hissing like a snake in front of her face,” causing her to fear that he would strike her. Police picked him up down the street in front of USA Beverage and issued a local ordinance ticket for trespassing. 

 Apartment burglarized

A basement apartment tenant in the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road arrived home after a weekend trip to find his window smashed out and clothing and electronics missing. Neighbors said they heard knocking on the window around 6 p.m., Nov. 15, and one neighbor said she saw a man clothed in hoodie and skull cap knocking on the window. Two hours later, the neighbor told police she heard the sound of broken glass. Cops recovered some latent fingerprints from the scene.

 These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 10-15, 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...