Grenade brought to police was Japanese souvenir

A 51-year-old man who was cleaning the basement of his new home in the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue found what he thought was a grenade and decided it needed to be turned in to police. He brought the grenade to the police department to the records window at 3:06 p.m., July 18, and told staff “Hey, I found this in my home.”

An officer with military experience was notified and went into the department’s lobby to inspect the object and determined it appeared to be a fragmentation grenade. The building was cleared and the Cook County Bomb Squad was called. Inspectors on the scene identified the grenade as a Japanese Type 97 fragmentation grenade from World War II.

The grenade was taken from the lobby, after the pin was secured, to be disposed of. At the time of the report, police were not sure if the grenade was live or inert. 

 Gun found

Someone called police after they found a gun about 7:14 a.m., July 21, in the 8200 block of Roosevelt Road. Police recovered a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun lying in the grass. The gun was loaded with six rounds with an additional round in the ejection port. Police said the gun was reported stolen in Chicago, June 16. 

Cocaine found during stop

Police found 5 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop at 12:23 p.m., July 20, in the area of Harlem Avenue and Madison Street. An officer on patrol pulled over a 2013 Nissan Altima after the driver was seen talking on a phone while driving. After stopping the driver, later identified as Tavares L. Harrington, 37, of Westchester, the officer learned he had a warrant for his arrest on identity theft charges in Minnesota. Police said Harrington agreed to a search of his vehicle, inside which police found a number of debit and gift cards in other people’s names. A bag of cocaine was also found inside a shoe, of which 12 pairs were found inside the vehicle. Harrington was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and was cited for unlawful use of a communication device. 

 Traffic stop leads to heroin charge

An officer on patrol at 5:17 p.m., July 18, saw a vehicle traveling west on Interstate 290 and pulled it over when it changed lanes without signaling after taking the First Avenue exit. The driver told police she and the others in the vehicle were on their way back to Crystal Lake after visiting a friend in Chicago, whose name she could not recall. Suspicious behavior by the occupants of the vehicle and conflicting stories led the officer to believe they were transporting narcotics. The driver, a 47-year-old South Elgin woman, then told the officer they purchased heroin in Chicago but had already used it. The driver was found to have a suspended/revoked license. The driver later told the officer she had heroin in her waistband and turned it over. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, failure to signal and driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

 Vehicles burglarized

A 1997 Buick sedan was reported burglarized at 8:52 p.m., July 19 in the 1200 block of Elgin. The owner found the Buick’s center console ransacked. The only thing missing was loose change. Police said the sedan was left unlocked.

A 2014 Nissan was reported burglarized at 5:49 a.m., July 20 in the 900 block of Dunlop Avenue. The vehicle was unlocked and someone ransacked the interior, but nothing was found to be missing.

A 2011 Toyota was reported burglarized at 7:02 a.m., July 20 in the 500 block of Grove Lane. A garage door opener and key for the owner’s home were reported missing.

A 2010 Toyota Camry was reported burglarized at 9:21 a.m., July 20 in the 900 block of Dunlop Avenue. A backpack was reported missing, as well as $20 in cash and $10 in quarters. Some of the backpack’s contents were located in a nearby trash container.

A 2008 vehicle was reported burglarized at 3:42 p.m., July 21 in the 900 block of Dunlop Avenue. Missing was a $200 purse containing a driver’s license and $80 in cash.

 Package stolen

A 25-year-old Chicago man was charged after a package was reported stolen at 4:54 p.m., July 19 at Troost Avenue and Yuba Street. A witness told police they saw the man, later identified as Michael E. Smith of Chicago, place the package in his bag and walk quickly toward Desplaines Avenue and then head north. Police found a man matching the witness’ description in the 800 block of Desplaines Avenue and found a packaging slip in Smith’s bag, as well as a credit card reader. Smith told police he found the package, opened it and left that packaging on the ground down the street. A witness confirmed for police that Smith was the man he saw take the reader, which was valued at $750. Smith was charged with one count of theft. 

 Catalytic converter stolen

A catalytic converter was reported stolen from a 2004 Honda Odyssey at 7:04 a.m., July 22 in the 1100 block of Ferdinand Avenue. Police have had two other cases of stolen converters recently. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 18-24, 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