Man, 76, fights off would-be robber

A 76-year-old man fought off a much younger man who was attempting to rob him as he left a Forest Park restaurant on May 27 about 6 p.m.

According to the police report, the victim was walking from The Golden Steer, 7635 Roosevelt Road, to his parked car when a man in his 20s approached him, pushed him and started going through the his pockets, saying, “What do you got?” 

The victim began punching the would-be robber, who ran away to the east through an alley. The offender was unable to take anything from the victim, according to police.

Two apartments burglarized

On May 27 around 4:30 p.m. a resident of an apartment in the 400 block of Ferdinand Avenue reported a burglary. The victim told police she left her residence around 7 a.m. that morning and returned home that afternoon to find her apartment’s front door ajar with personal items thrown everywhere. 

A window near the rear of the residence was broken and police observed footprints along the west side of the apartment.

The following items were reported missing from the apartment: a Visio 55-inch television, a Wii gaming system and controllers, a cigar box, a jewelry box, a wicker hamper, $100 in change, an Amazon Kindle and a guitar.    

On May 27 around 6:30 p.m., also on the 400 block of Ferdinand Avenue, a woman, returned home and found her apartment burglarized. 

The front door remained locked, but the back door had been kicked in. Among the items reported missing were a lime green Fossil Watch, two backpacks, a silver MacBook laptop, two MacBook Pro laptops, a Canon T31 camera, a computer charger, bank checkbooks, a Jambox speaker, an iPhone charger and jewelry.

Employees fight at Walmart 

A 19-year-old man who works at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., was charged with battery after allegedly throwing a bread rack at a 23-year-old female employee during a confrontation inside a warehouse area behind the store’s bakery department on May 26 at about 5:30 p.m.

The confrontation was triggered, according to the police report, by an incident that happened May 22. At that time, the man allegedly touched the woman’s buttocks. The woman confronted him about it on May 26. When she told him not to touch her again, the man reportedly said, “I can do what I want to do,” picked up a bread rack and threw it at her, striking her with it.

Then the man allegedly pushed the woman against a wall and the two began fighting with one another before being separated. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.

Rash of retail thefts at CVS

Forest Park police responded to four retail theft complaints — including two separate incidents at the same time — at CVS, 7216 Circle Avenue between May 28 and 31.

On May 28 around 6 p.m., a CVS employee observed George Clayton, 40, on video surveillance exit the store without paying for a Gillette razor, according to police.

The employee followed the Clayton to the parking lot and recovered the item. Meanwhile, police and stopped the Clayton on the nearby CTA Green Line platform and placed Clayton, who stated he forgot to pay for the item, into custody. 

The officers discovered Clayton had a previous theft conviction in Kane County. Clayton was charged with one count of felony retail theft. 

On May 31 around 11 a.m. a CVS employee observed Joe Burnett, 43, of Chicago, enter the store and begin placing unactivated gift cards and “Breathe Right” strips into his pants and jacket sleeves and leave the store. 

The employee called 911 and followed Burnett out of the store. When a police officer arrived on scene and ordered Burnett to stop, he allegedly threw a Dunkin Donuts bag at the officer and attempted to flee, but was apprehended after a brief foot chase. 

Burnett was charged with one count of felony theft because of prior theft convictions. 

Police responded to CVS again on May 31 at around 1:15 p.m. and charged Michael Johnson, 50, of Chicago, with felony retail theft. An employee spotted Johnson allegedly concealing six Gillette razors, with an approximate value of $60, on his person. The employee called the police and watched as Johnson exited the store, where he was arrested.

After it was discovered Johnson had previous larceny convictions, he was charged with one count of felony theft. 

At that same time, Grant Bell, 48, of Chicago, allegedly removed several items from CVS without paying. A CVS loss prevention employee then followed Bell out of the store and identified himself. 

Bell placed his hands above his head and was taken into custody by Oak Park officers who had arrived on scene. Officers discovered Bell had previous retail theft convictions and he was charged with one count of felony retail theft. 

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 23-31, 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 Tom Vogel