73-year-old resident chases burglars away

A 73-year-old man broke up a garage burglary in progress after he witnessed two unidentified men pry open a garage door on the 1000 block of Troost Street on Aug. 28 around 8:30 p.m. The man yelled at the two would-be burglars who then fled southbound in a pickup truck. A police search of the area was unsuccessful.


Sometime between 11 a.m. on Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 26, two gold chains, valued at a few hundred dollars, were removed from a niche located inside a Woodlawn Cemetery mausoleum, 7600 Cermak Road. Apart from the missing chains, some other contents of the niche, including framed photographs and coins were disturbed but not taken. Officers recovered a set of fingerprints from a picture frame. 


A $1,200 black BMX-style bicycle was stolen from outside the rear of a business located on the 7000 block of Madison Street. The theft occurred around 8 p.m. on Aug. 24.

On Aug. 26 around 3 p.m., employees of a landscaping business witnessed a man walk into one of the company’s trailers, parked on the 1000 block of Thomas Avenue, and take a Steele saw. Employees gave chase but eventually lost sight of the man. 

 Aggravated DWLS

Eric Russell of Maywood has been charged with one count of felony aggravated driving with a suspended license. Officers stopped Russell while he was driving his 1998 Pontiac Sunfire westbound on I-290 near Harlem Avenue on Aug. 28 around 7 p.m. A registration check revealed previous DWLS convictions. 

 Assault and criminal trespassing

A 36-year-old Forest Park man has been charged with one count of criminal trespassing and one count of assault after he threatened an employee at CVS, 7216 Circle Ave., on August 30 around noon.

After he entered the store, the employee confronted the man, who had previously been warned not to come into store. The interaction soon escalated and the man went behind the cash register counter and allegedly told the employee, “I’ll bash your head in.”

The man, who eventually left the store, was arrested by responding officers nearby along Harlem Avenue. 

 Possession of a controlled substance

On Aug. 30 around 3:30 p.m., authorities charged Danielle Carolan of Woodstock with one count of possession of a controlled substance after the 1998 Honda sedan she was riding in was stopped for a “defective windshield.”

Officers searched the 35-year-old driver of the car but did not find anything illegal. A name check revealed that Carolan had an active warrant out of Kane County. Officers then asked Carolan if she had anything illegal on her, at which point she produced several bags containing about 3 grams of heroin.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 24-30, 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