Pickpocket nabs $1,800

Police were told at 4:06 p.m., April 29, that an employee was pick-pocketed at a business in the 100 block of Desplaines Avenue. A customer reportedly came into the business to ask about lawn mowers for sale and an employee of the store showed him some. The customer then shook the employee’s hand and, soon after, the employee realized he was missing the cash from his pocket. The employee yelled at the man to come back, but he ran off through an alley. The employee told police he had $1,800 in cash in various denominations in his pocket at the time of the theft. 

Man shot by pellet gun

A police officer on patrol reported hearing the pop of a BB or pellet gun at 12:59 a.m., April 26 in the 400 block of Circle Avenue. The officer heard someone yell, and that person told police he’d just been shot. He had a pea-sized puncture wound in his leg. Police searched the area but could not find any suspects. The man who was shot refused medical attention at the scene. 

Woman charged with battery

A 33-year-old woman with no listed address was at 1:58 a.m., April 30, and charged with battery after the group she was with refused to leave Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St. Police were called to remove the group after they refused an employee’s order to leave the bar. While police were attempting to get the group to leave, police said the woman slapped an officer’s arm and was taken into custody. 


A 23-year-old La Grange woman was stopped at 1:59 a.m., April 30, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in the 7100 block of Cermak Road. An officer on patrol on Harlem Avenue reported seeing the vehicle the woman was driving strike a curb on Harlem. After following the vehicle and seeing it strike another curb, the officer pulled the vehicle over. Police said she failed field sobriety testing and registered a blood alcohol content of 0.211 at the police station. She was additionally charged with improper lane use, DUI with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 and no proof of insurance. 

Burglary reported

A residential burglary was reported at 5:34 p.m., April 25, in the 500 block of Beloit Avenue. A contractor working on the kitchen reported that $950 in tools left in the home’s basement were missing. Police could find no evidence of forced entry. 

Counterfeit money given

An employee reported at 4:54 p.m., April 25, that a man gave him counterfeit money while at Shanahan’s Tavern, 7353 Madison St. Police collected three $20 counterfeit bills as evidence. 

Forgotten wallet leads to unauthorized charges

A man reported he left his wallet between 6 and 7:30 p.m., April 25, at Super Wash, 7343 Roosevelt Road. When he realized it was missing, the business was closed. He reported he later received a message from his debit card company that his card was used to charge $447.67 at J.C. Penny in North Riverside and $241 to Southwest Airlines. In addition to the unauthorized use of his debit card, the man reported that his wallet contained $60 in cash, his identification and a $30 gift card for Longhorn Steakhouse. 

Bike stolen

A bicycle was reported stolen at 8:38 p.m., April 25, from a garage in the 7700 block of Van Buren Street. The bike was valued at $1,600. Also stolen was a $100 autometer and $80 worth of bike clips. The bike’s owner told police he discovered his bike lock was cut and the bike stolen on April 23. 

Woman charged with felony retail theft

A Chicago woman was charged at 2:33 p.m., April 27, with felony retail theft in the 7200 block of Circle Avenue. Police were called to CVS for a theft report and located Johnson nearby. Police said the items she allegedly stole were found in a garbage can in the first block of Elgin and totaled $32.45. Felony charges were approved because of a previous conviction for retail theft. 

CTA station window broken

Police were called at 10:42 p.m., April 30, to the CTA Blue Line station, 711 Desplaines Ave., after CTA employees said a man punched a glass door and cracked it. The estimated cost of damage was unknown and police were unable to locate the man. 

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 25-May 1, 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