Forest Park man charged with dealing pot

A 19-year-old Forest Park man was charged with dealing marijuana on April 4 after police reported witnessing what looked to be a drug deal between the driver of a 2007 Honda Odyssey van and another person standing outside the vehicle.

Police followed the alleged buyer, who left the scene in another vehicle. A police officer stopped the vehicle a few blocks away and learned that the three occupants had purchased cannabis from the driver of the van, later identified as Jason C. Brown, whom police tracked to an address in the 7600 block of Harvard Street.

 Police observed Brown and three others leave the address and enter the van. When the van allegedly went through a stop sign at Harvard and Lathrop, the officer conducted a traffic stop and reported smelling a strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle.

The officer reported finding cannabis in a pocket of one of the passengers and inside a backpack in the car. All four were taken into custody and Brown reportedly allowed police to search his residence.

Inside, Forest Park police reported recovering several bags holding a combined 249 grams of cannabis. Police also reported recovering nearly $11,500 in cash from a desk drawer and a digital scale and plastic bags from a box under the desk.

Brown was charged with delivery of more than 30 grams of cannabis. The three passengers in Brown’s vehicle were issued local ordinance citations for possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis. 

 Grill taken from backyard

A resident of the 900 block of Circle Avenue called Forest Park police on April 3 to report that a Charbroil gas grill had been taken from his backyard.

According to the police report, the grill was stolen from the patio of the fenced and gated yard sometime after March 30, which was the last time the owner recalled seeing it.

The grill was described as a seven-burner, stainless-steel grill valued at about $300. Also taken was a blue grill cover bearing the Chicago Cubs logo, a full propane tank, grill brushes, a smoker box and wood chips.

Vehicle burglary

A 29-year-old woman contacted police on April 3 to report that sometime between 10:30 p.m. on April 2 and 12:30 p.m. on April 3, someone entered her 2014 Chrysler sedan and removed spare change and a few $1 bills from the center console.

The vehicle, which likely was left unlocked, was parked in a municipal parking lot located in the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue.

 Brass knuckles confiscated

Forest Park police cited a 24-year-old Chicago man with concealing a weapon after an officer found a pair of silver brass knuckles in the back pocket of his pants during what began as a routine traffic stop on April 3 about 9:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Harlem Avenue.

An officer on patrol stopped a 2002 Buick Regal after observing its driver not wearing a seatbelt. As the car was pulling over, the officer reported seeing the driver shifting his body back and forth and placing his hands behind his back.

During the stop, the driver reportedly was argumentative. Due to the observed movements prior to the stop, the officer asked the driver to get out of the vehicle to submit to a pat down. The officer discovered the brass knuckles, which are illegal to possess, at that time. 

The officer confiscated the brass knuckles and also issued the driver a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.

 Catalytic converter stolen

A 57-year-old woman contacted Forest Park police on March 31 to report that someone had sawed off the catalytic converter of her 2005 Pontiac Sunfire.

According to the police report, the woman’s daughter had parked the vehicle in the northwest corner of the parking lot outside the Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road, that morning about 7:45 a.m. When she returned to the vehicle after school around 3:20 p.m., the catalytic converter was missing.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, March 30 to April 5, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

 —Compiled by Bob Uphues