Disposing of the dope

On Dec. 1, a woman, sought by police for allegedly shoplifting $150 worth of merchandise from Walmart, ditched her jacket outside the Kmart nearby and entered the Kmart ladies’ room where she shoved .6 grams of cannabis in a plastic baggy into her vagina. Police recovered the stolen items and her jacket containing $553 in the pocket, along with credit cards and ID.  

Walmart store security staff observed the 28-year-old Chicago woman filling plastic shopping bags around 9 p.m. with miscellaneous items, such as a pair of slippers, bubble bath, a sports rub, two pairs of pants, a case of Sprite and a douche kit. They said she paused near the self-checkout and then left the store without paying.

Store security guards followed her to the nearby Kmart, 7630 Roosevelt Road and pointed her out to Forest Park police, who took her into custody. At the station, she was searched by a female officer and admitted stashing the pot. She was charged with retail theft and possession of cannabis.

 Lookout fails in Currie Motors burglary

Around 2:25 a.m. at Currie Motors, a team of drowsy intruders were discovered by Forest Park police and their K9 police dog sleeping in the back of a 2006 Hyundai sedan parked behind the dealership. A security guard on patrol noticed a cut deadbolt securing an outer gate and more broken padlocks and unlocked doors near the shop area. Officers arrived on the scene but couldn’t find anyone in the large facility. 

The security guard noticed the two men, later identified as Curtis A. Echols, 18, and Ahmad Brown, 19, both of Chicago, asleep in the Hyundai. They told police they had just pulled over to sleep for the night in the parking lot. Officers recovered the driver’s license of a third, unaccounted-for Chicago man and a pair of bolt cutters in the trunk. The missing license owner had an arrest, along with one of the sleeping men, for burglary at a Chicago car dealership a few months prior. 

Around 5 a.m. accompanied by a police dog, officers again entered the shop area, announcing their presence, and a 20-year-old Chicago man popped out from hiding and was taken into custody. He was identified as Robert Landfair, 20. Officers reviewing video surveillance saw the three men, one brandishing a bolt-cutter in various parts of the auto dealer property. The three were charged with felony burglary.


A man reported that someone peeled the adhesive village of Forest Park parking permit off the back bumper of his 2004 Chevy van parked in the 400 block of Hannah. Loss was estimated at $40. 

 Car theft 

On Dec. 6, a 23-year-old woman in the 1000 block of Troost Avenue told police that around 7:30 p.m. she started the engine on her red 2008 Chevy Aveo to warm it up. She observed two unknown men walking northbound past her home and then walked back into her residence, leaving the Aveo engine running. When she heard a car door slam she bolted outside and saw the two men sitting in her car, which was moving down the street. She told police she ran to the vehicle and opened the driver’s side door, but the suspects pulled away and drove off northbound on Troost. Another officer on patrol located the Aveo shortly thereafter, parked in Maywood at Quincy and 5th Avenue. 

 These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 1-7, 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

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...