Police: Burglary suspect sought dirty underwear
Roberto C. Gamez, 23, of Maywood was charged with burglary after police said they found him inside an apartment building in the 500 block of Elgin Avenue at 10:22 a.m. on Jan. 25.
According to police, an officer responded to the apartment building to investigate a complaint of a man attempting to gain entry to one of the apartments. Police said Gamez admitted to being inside a second-floor apartment without permission and told officers he was there to steal dirty underwear and bras from the female tenants. He also said he attempted to gain entry to a first floor apartment, according to police.
Police said Gamez previously had worked as a contractor at one of the residences, as well as for the landlord. According to police, Gamez said he stole keys to both apartments in 2015 and had them in his pocket when he was arrested.
Gamez also told police he had previously stolen underwear from a woman he was friends with in Elmwood Park. Police also contacted that woman and told her she could file a police report with the Elmwood Park Police Department if she wished to do so.
Delivery driver robbed at knifepoint
A delivery driver for Slice Factory Restaurant, 421 Harlem Ave. in Oak Park, told police at 9:09 p.m. Jan. 25 that she was robbed after making a delivery in the 400 block of Elgin Avenue.
The victim told police she had made her delivery and was walking back to her car when she was approached by a man wearing a ski mask. She said the man showed her a large knife and told her to give him all her money. She told police she gave him $113 before getting back into her car and driving to work where she contacted police.
Chicago man reports armed robbery attempt
A 26-year-old Chicago man told police he was held up at gunpoint at 1:22 p.m. Jan. 26 in the 8200 block of Roosevelt Road.
The victim told police he was walking east when he was approached by a man who showed him “a very small silver/gold semi-automatic handgun” and demanded money.
The victim told police he eventually gave the man the wallet from his pockets, which the offender looked through and tossed to the ground, including the $30 in cash inside.
Nothing was reported stolen. The caller told police he lost sight of the offender when he ran off and the caller contacted police.
Reckless driving in funeral procession
Darral W. Bailey, 22, of Park Forest, was charged with reckless driving, illegal transportation of alcohol, driving an uninsured vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked license, improper use of registration and obstructing justice following a traffic stop at 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Roosevelt Road and Harlem Avenue.
Police were called to the area to investigate an unruly funeral procession in which cars were driving in both lanes, swerving and had occupants hanging out of vehicle windows.
A police officer reported seeing Bailey driving in a reckless manner when he arrived at the scene. Police reported that officers stopped the funeral procession, but that Bailey continued to drive away.
When police attempted to stop him, they reported Bailey got out of his vehicle and got into another while ignoring officers’ orders to return to his vehicle. Police reported finding an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle and learned the car was not insured.
Bailey was issued an obstruction of justice charge for initially providing police with his brother’s name instead of his own.
- A resident of the 1400 block of Marengo Avenue called police at 7:07 p.m. on Jan. 26 to report that he returned to his house to find the rear door wide open.
Inside, police found many items in the home disturbed and a broken window in a room used as an office. Reported stolen was a 44-inch flat-screen television, a plastic jug containing about $800 in coins, an Apple iPad 2 Air tablet and a pillowcase.
- A resident of the 200 block of Marengo called police on Jan. 29 at about 1:40 p.m. to report that her apartment had just been burglarized by a subject posing as a maintenance man.
The victim said he was at home when someone claiming to be a maintenance worker told the resident he needed to measure a window in her apartment. While inside the apartment, the subject reportedly rummaged through her desk drawers in the living room.
When the subject left, the victim told police she noticed a small, white statue was missing. Management for the building told police there were no workers doing maintenance on the building that day.
Police recover stolen vehicle
Jonathan Robinson, 46, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was charged with felony motor vehicle theft following a traffic stop at 4:38 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Interstate 290 and Harlem Avenue.
A police officer reported running the vehicle’s plates and learned it was reported stolen out of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. According to police, Robinson was driving the vehicle at the time he was pulled over and admitted he knew the vehicle stolen. The other occupants of the vehicle reportedly had no knowledge it was stolen.
Police learned there was also an active warrant for Robinson at the time he was stopped. Police reported recovering several identification and credit cards that did not belong to any of the vehicle’s occupants. Police contacted the vehicle’s owner, who said he would come to Forest Park to pick it up.
A 2005 Chrysler sedan was reported stolen at 8:11 a.m. on Jan. 28 from a lot in the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue where it was left running to warm up while the owner went into his apartment.
Possession of heroin
A 22-year-old Itasca man was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug equipment, possession of a hypodermic syringe and a traffic violation after police found 6.4 grams of heroin during the course of a traffic stop at 3:34 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the area of Interstate 290 and First Avenue.
Felony retail theft
Anthony Gray, 52, of Chicago was charged with felony retail theft after he was arrested at 1:58 p.m. Jan. 29 after leaving CVS, 7216 Circle Ave., without paying for items in his possession. The stolen items totaled $223.01, according to police. Gray was charged with a felony due to a prior retail theft conviction in August 2014.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, 2016, 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