Purse taken from pregnant woman, day before delivery

A 26-year-old woman from Maywood was issued a local ordinance citation after she was seen taking items about 7:45 p.m., Dec. 14, from Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt Road, and leaving without paying. Taken were 17 items, including baby and hygiene products, totaling $143.43. Police said felony charges were not pursued because the woman was nine months pregnant and scheduled to have her baby delivered on Dec. 15. Additionally, the woman had no previous larceny-related charges in her criminal history.


A Forest Park woman told police a man snatched her purse as she was walking around 4:30 p.m., Dec. 14, along Desplaines Avenue just north of Roosevelt Road.

The woman told police that she was walking home from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse. The man ran northbound on Desplaines Avenue and the woman said she chased him until she lost sight of him. She contacted her brother and then the police about the incident. Stolen were her purse, an ID card, $60 in cash and prescription medications.


A business was reported burglarized overnight at 8:37 a.m., Dec. 20, in the 7300 block of Madison Street. A safe containing cash was reported missing. The safe was later found by an officer in a nearby dumpster with the cash missing. The incident is still under investigation. 

Retail theft

Jeffery Frazier, 44, of Chicago was charged with felony retail theft after he was allegedly seen removing a case of Seagram’s gin and leaving without paying about 2:15 p.m., Dec. 15, at CVS, 7216 Circle Ave. The case contained 12 750-milliliter bottles of gin with a total retail value of $135.48. Police also learned Frazier was wanted on three active warrants for retail theft in Cook County. 

Package theft

Martin Solis, 26, of North Riverside was charged with felony theft after he was allegedly seen taking a package from a residence after it was dropped off by a UPS truck at 1:10 p.m., Dec. 15, in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue. The package contained Lego toys. 


Samuel K. Bending, 35, of Schaumburg, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was pulled over by police at 3:49 p.m., Dec. 17, near I-290 and First Avenue. According to police reports, Bending was pulled over for driving with unsafe equipment because both bumpers of the vehicle were being held on with duct tape. The officer noted seeing evidence of “track marks” on Bending’s hands, which he believed was an indication Bending was a heroin user. The officer searched Bending and reportedly found multiple bags containing an off-white powder substance that field tested positive for heroin, totaling five grams.

Andrew M. Mientus, 29, of Villa Park was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance after he was found in possession of prescription medication without a prescription. According to police, Mientus was seen at 4:36 p.m. Dec. 16 running with a bike with a flat tire to the bus station at Desplaines Avenue and Roosevelt Road. Due to recent bike thefts in the area, an officer stopped Mientus and asked to speak with him. During a pat down search, the officer discovered multiple plastic bags containing more than 50 pills of various medications.

Vehicle burglary

A vehicle was reported burglarized overnight at 7:19 a.m., Dec. 18, in the 7600 block of Roosevelt Road. The driver’s side window was shattered and tools were reported stolen worth an estimated $1,280.

The manager of a local business reported that his vehicle’s window was shattered and his Garmin GPS system was missing after he returned to his vehicle at 9:38 p.m. Dec. 19 in the 200 block of Harlem Avenue. The GPS system was valued at $120. 


Addiel Salgado, 21, of Cicero was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and additional traffic violations after he was pulled over by police for reckless driving at 1:45 a.m., Dec. 19, in the 7300 block of Harrison Street. Police allegedly saw Salgado speeding eastbound on Madison Street and almost strike a group of pedestrians crossing at the crosswalk at Constitution Court. According to police, he also failed to stop for a stop sign and was driving 52 mph in a 25-mph zone. Police stopped Salgado in the 7300 block of Harrison Street and performed field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to police. Salgado refused to perform a breath test to determine his blood alcohol concentration, according to police reports.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 14-20, 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 Matthew Hendrickson