Apartments burglarized on Elgin Avenue

Two apartments in buildings on two different blocks of Elgin Avenue were burglarized within the past couple of weeks, according to Forest Park police.

A 29-year-old man left his apartment in the 300 block of Elgin Avenue around 10:30 a.m. on May 29. When he returned around 9 p.m. he found his second-floor apartment burglarized. 

Although the entrance of the building was locked, it is believed the burglar was able to enter the through a basement doorway. A neighbor told the responding officers that he had witnessed a suspicious looking man in the Harlem/Elgin alley the previous day. 

Among the items reported missing were an Amazon Kindle, a television, a Dell laptop, a backpack and a Canon digital camera. 

63-year-old woman returned to her home in the 100 block of Elgin Avenue around 4:30 p.m. on June 3 when she noticed the screen of her living room window had been removed. 

The door to her apartment was also open, although it was locked when the she left that morning around 8 a.m. Much of the apartment was undisturbed. However, a wooden armoire containing many pieces of jewelry had been removed. 

Fight inside a vehicle

Police charged a 61-year-old Forest Park woman with one count of battery around 12:00 a.m. on June 7 after she reportedly struck a police officer as he tried to break up a fight inside a vehicle in the 1100 block of Marengo Avenue. 

While walking along the 1100 block of Marengo Avenue, an officer saw four men fighting in a parked 1994 GMC Safari. When the officer tried to break up the fight, the woman appeared and allegedly began striking the men inside the car. The officer ordered the woman to stop and pushed her away from the scene. 

Instead, the woman reportedly began hitting the officer. After she was handcuffed, the men approached the officer demanding the woman’s release. More police units were called in to restore order, including officers from neighboring Oak Park. 

The other individuals were each cited for open alcohol containers, which were found in the car, police said

Burglary from motor vehicle 

Between 9:00 p.m. on May 31 and 6:30 a.m. on June 1, a car parked in a parking lot in the 800 block of Desplaines Avenues was burglarized. The car’s owner, who discovered the burglary, told responding officers her son, who was the last person to use the 2009 Dodge Caravan, may have forgotten to lock the doors. 

The following items were reported missing: a red Radio Flyer Wagon, umbrella chairs and a basket containing jumper cables and cones.  

Drug offenses

On June 6 around 9:30 p.m., Lyzandra De Hoyos, 42, of Chicago, Illinois was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of a controlled substance. 

After stopping De Hoyos’s for expired vehicle registration at the intersection of Beloit Avenue and Madison Street, officers reported smelled a strong cannabis odor wafting from the car. 

Receiving permission from De Hoyos, officers began searching her 2004 Nissan Altima. Officers noticed the air filter compartment had been altered and reportedly discovered a clear bag full of a chunky substance, later identified as cocaine. 

De Hoyos told officers she had planned on selling the cocaine to support herself. 

On June 2 around 3:30 p.m., two officers approached Keith Nain, 32, of Franklin Park Illinois, as he sat outside the 7-Eleven, 205 Harlem Ave. The officers saw Nain fall in and out of consciousness and noticed a white powdery substance on his nose. 

Nain was placed into custody for an in-state parole warrant. Officers then searched Nain and reported finding a bottle containing several white pills, later identified as clonazepam, which is a controlled substance. 

According to police, Nain said he was given the drugs to sell on the West Side of Chicago. Nain was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 29-June 7, 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