Walmart employee charged with taking cash

A 27-year-old Maywood woman who worked as a cashier at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. in Forest Park, has been charged with stealing more than $1,000 from various registers while she was working.

Leandrea D.B. Miller denied taking the money, but Walmart asset protection personnel reported she stole a total of $1,450 (taking only $100 and $50 bills) between July 1 and July 10 from seven different cash registers on 11 different occasions.

Walmart reportedly provided police with DVDs of video surveillance footage capturing the thefts.

Walmart officials contacted police on July 15 about 5:45 p.m. According to store security, Miller would move and position cash inside the register drawer so that on the next transaction she could remove the money more easily and conceal it on her person.

Due to the amount of money stolen, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Miller with felony theft. She has an initial court date of July 21 at the Maybrook courthouse.

 Bikes stolen from CTA stop

Forest Park police responded to the CTA Blue Line terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave. twice last week after people complained of bicycles being stolen from the bike rack there.

On July 12, a 52-year-old Broadview man called police to report that someone had stolen his green, 28-inch 1977 Schwinn Varsity, which he had locked to the bike rack inside the north side of the station about 7:30 a.m. When he returned about 6:25 p.m., the bike and the lock were missing.

A police officer then did a computer check of the victim’s name and learned he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court in DuPage County after being charged with driving on a suspended license. He was placed in custody and processed for the warrant.

Police returned to the Blue Line terminal on July 13 after a 45-year-old man called to report that his black 26-inch Diamondback mountain bike with one flat tire had been taken from the north bike rack inside the terminal.

It’s unclear whether the bike was locked.

A 50-year-old Forest Park man called police on July 11 to report that his son’s red, white and black 20-inch Tony Hawk bicycle, valued at $225, was taken from the rear porch of their residence in the 400 block of Hannah Avenue sometime during the overnight hours of July 9-10.

The bike was not secured with a chain or lock, according to police.

 Man allegedly shoves neighbor

Police charged a 36-year-old Forest Park man with battery on July 16 after he allegedly shoved a 31-year-old neighbor, who was holding her 1-year-old daughter, to the ground during a dispute in an apartment building in the 8200 block of Roosevelt Road.

According to the police report, officers had responded to the apartment building multiple times to intervene in disputes between the two neighbors. Police described the 36-year-old man as “highly intoxicated.” 

Around midnight, police received a call from the victim, who related that her neighbor had pushed her down while she was holding her infant daughter. No one was hurt, but the victim sought battery charges against her neighbor, who denied pushing the woman.

He has an Aug. 16 court date at the Maybrook courthouse.

 DJ’s tip jar stolen

A 36-year-old woman working as a DJ at O’Leary’s bar, 7522 Madison St., called police on July 11 about 2:10 a.m. to report that someone had stolen her tip jar, which had been sitting on the corner of a table just inside the front door.

The victim stated the incident occurred between 1:15 and 1:45 a.m. when she walked away from her DJ position to talk to the bartender. When she returned, the tip jar containing about $45 was gone. Police were following up with the bar owner to see if the theft was caught on video surveillance cameras.

 Cognac snatched

An employee of CVS, 7216 Circle Ave., called police on July 11 about 12:55 p.m. after a man ran out of the store with a bottle of cognac, which he’d allegedly taken from a cabinet whose lock he broke open.

The offender got into a maroon Nissan Altima, which police located on Harlem Avenue near I-290. Police pursued the vehicle, which sped east on the expressway, exiting at Austin Boulevard and heading south.

The vehicle was last seen near the intersection of Austin and Roosevelt in Chicago.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 11-17, 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