Packages stolen from outside residences

Forest Park police reported two instances last week of packages being stolen from exterior entryways of residences.

Both incidents were reported to have occurred on Nov. 3 and both took place on Desplaines Avenue, though they were several blocks apart.

A resident of the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue called police at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 to report that someone had removed two packages from the lobby of her building on that day. The victim said he phoned the U.S. Postal Service, which confirmed that both packages, one containing a pair of boots (valued at $36) and one containing a pair of earrings (valued at 57 cents) had been delivered earlier that day.

Meanwhile, a resident of the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue called police to report that a coat that had been delivered on Nov. 3 between 2 and 2:15 p.m. had been stolen from outside her residence.

The coat was valued at $55.78.

 Vehicle burglarized

While on patrol in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue on Nov. 3 at about 1:25 a.m., a Forest Park police officer reported happening upon an older, brown Mercedes-Benz blocking the alley.

The vehicle appeared to have rolled out into the alley from its parking spot behind a building. Loose change could be seen on the driver’s seat and center console, and the glove box was open and looked as if someone had rifled through it.

When police made contact with the vehicle’s owner later that day, he reportedly said that he’d left the vehicle unlocked.

Police determined that whoever was ransacking the vehicle knocked the stick shift out of gear, causing the car to roll into the alley. 


Forest Park police charged a 26-year-old Chicago man with drunken driving after he reportedly initiated a multi-vehicle crash in the 700 block of Harlem Avenue on Nov. 8 at about 12:50 a.m.

The offender was driving a 1996 Mitsubishi Galant, which was involved in an accident with a motorcycle and two other vehicles. No one was reported to be seriously injured in the crash.

The man suffered a laceration to his elbow and was taken to Oak Park Hospital for treatment, according to police. He refused to submit to field sobriety tests and refused blood or urine tests at the hospital.

Police reported finding a Mason jar containing three plastic bags containing cannabis. In addition to driving under the influence, he was charged with possession of cannabis and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 Bike, phone stolen

A 52-year-old Chicago woman contacted police after her cellphone was stolen from Portillo’s, 7740 Roosevelt Road, on Sunday, Nov. 1 around 8:30 p.m.

The woman reportedly forgot her phone at the cash register after ordering food. When she went to retrieve it, the phone was gone.

Surveillance video reportedly showed that a man standing in line behind the victim taking the phone and placing it into his pocket before placing his order.

A Berwyn resident, age not given, reported to police on Nov. 4 at about 7:45 p.m. that he had left his 26-inch men’s silver mountain bike unlocked and unattended on the sidewalk of a house in the 7200 block of Madison Street. When he returned to the area, the bicycle was gone.

Heroin possession

A 51-year-old Downers Grove woman faces drug possession charges after she was caught allegedly holding several capsules of heroin during a traffic stop on the Eisenhower Expressway near Desplaines Avenue on Nov. 8 at about 4:50 p.m.

A Forest Park police officer stopped the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica as it traveled westbound on I-290 due to it having an expired vehicle registration. The driver, who was the woman’s husband, was written a warning for the expired plates. But police also noted that a computer check of the man’s name revealed he had a history of drug-related arrests.

After asking both the driver and his wife some questions, the officer stated he wanted to have a drug-sniffing dog walk around the outside of the vehicle. At that time, the driver reportedly stated that his wife had a capsule of heroin in her possession.

His wife then allegedly produced eight capsules containing a total of 2.4 grams of heroin from her waistband. The woman later told police she got hooked on heroin after becoming addicted to prescription pain killers after back surgery.

The woman bought the drugs on Chicago’s West Side, according to police. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

 Public urination

A Forest Park police officer arrested a 27-year-old Alsip man after he was found urinating in the entryway of a building in the 7500 block of Madison Street on Nov. 8 at about 3:05 a.m.

The officer issued the man a citation for the offense, which will be up for adjudication at the village hall on Jan. 16, 2016.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 2-Nov. 8, 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

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