Forest Park man ticketed for loud house party

A house party in the 500 block of Circle Avenue finally shut down in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 after police visited on four separate occasions, finally slapping the 50-year-old owner of the home with a citation for excessive noise.

Police initially were called to the garage/coach house on the property, where a party featuring live music was going on. At the time, the owner of the property told police that one band was already done for the night and a second was about to wrap up.

The second time police visited the property, the officer ordered the property owner to turn down the music and didn’t leave until he did so.

On the third visit, an officer ordered the band to stop playing and waited for the band to begin packing away their instruments before leaving.

Finally, at 3 a.m., the officer returned for a fourth time and went inside the unlocked garage/coach house. Inside he found the property owner banging on a drum kit and a singer “yelling” into a microphone.

When the officer appeared, the two stopped what they were doing as the officer handed the property owner a citation.

 Thefts reported at fitness center

Forest Park police responded on Nov. 17 to Planet Fitness, 7530 Roosevelt Road, to investigate several thefts from the building and one vehicle break-in.

A 34-year-old Berwyn man called police about 5:50 p.m. to report that someone had cut the combination lock from his locker inside the business and took his car keys. According to police, the keys were found inside the victim’s vehicle and nothing appeared to be missing.

Also on Nov. 17, a 54-year-old Wheaton man called police at 6:15 p.m. to report that, earlier in the day, someone had stolen his bicycle from in front of the gym.

The man told police he leaned his bike against a front pillar around 8 a.m. When he returned to it at 9:30 a.m., the blue Mongoose bike was gone.

Also at 6:15 p.m., a 26-year-old Chicago man reported he had secured his locker using a combination lock about 4:15 p.m. When he returned two hours later, he discovered that the lock had been tampered with and his wallet, containing bank cards and identification, was missing.

Finally, at 6:30 p.m., police talked to a 36-year-old Melrose Park man who said he had secured a locker with a combination lock about 4 p.m. When he returned to the locker at 5:45 p.m., he found the lock cut off and his wallet missing.

He checked his bank account online and found that a debit card was used at a gas station in Chicago shortly after the victim discovered the wallet missing.

Police returned to Planet Fitness on Nov. 19 at 8:45 a.m. after a 36-year-old Cicero man accused a 52-year-old Forest Park man of stealing his cellphone.

The victim had left his phone on a bench while using the bathroom. It was missing when he returned, so he asked someone in the locker room to call the number. The phone began ringing inside the Forest Park man’s locker nearby.

Police recovered the cellphone and returned it to its owner, who declined to pursue charges against the alleged offender.

 Man with a knife

Police charged a 20-year-old Forest Park man with unlawful use of a weapon after discovering him carrying a knife with an 8-inch-long blade at the CTA Blue Line terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave. on Nov. 17 about 3:10 a.m.

A taxi driver waved down a patrol officer to report that a man carrying a knife had asked him for a ride. The taxi driver declined and the man went and sat on bench at the terminal.

Police found the man sitting there and told him to put his hands up. The man reportedly was holding the knife handle in his hand, with the blade tucked into his right sleeve. The man told police he carried the knife for protection.

The man is being held at Cook County Jail on $1,000 bond, awaiting a Dec. 15 court date. 

 Spare tires stolen

According to police, a man driving a Chevy Impala stole a pair of spare tires from vehicles parked in the lot at Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Road, on Nov. 16 about 6:30 a.m.

Surveillance video reportedly showed the offender cut the cable securing the spare tire from a 2015 Chevy Silverado pickup truck and then removed the spare tire from a Currie Motors van.

The loss and damage to the vehicles was estimated at almost $900. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 16-22, 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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