Police responded to a home in the 900 block of Harlem Avenue on Nov. 25 after a resident called to report that the front door had been forced open and the house had been ransacked.

Among the items missing from the home were two PlayStation systems, multiple laptop computers, several DVDs and video games, a router and several items of jewelry.

Police said the front door appeared to have been kicked in and that the offender likely left through the rear door, which was found unlocked. The loss was estimated at “several thousand dollars.”

Sometime between Nov. 24 and 27 someone forced open the basement door of a residence in the 800 block of Elgin Avenue and removed a laptop computer, iPhone, a 1968 Gibson J45 guitar, headphones, a microphone, a watch, loose change a package of diapers and baby wipes.


Police responded to the 7700 block of Harvard Street on Nov. 25 about 6:55 p.m. after someone called to report a woman screaming for help. Police located a 23-year-old woman who was bleeding from her nose. She stated that an unknown male subject struck her in the face and had fled the scene.

According to the police report, the offender was walking on Desplaines Avenue and approached the woman, who was driving a vehicle, shortly after she turned into the lot at Forest Automotive.

The man reportedly accused the woman of almost hitting him with the vehicle and then began asking, “What you got in here?” and yelling at the woman. The victim exited her vehicle at which time the offender struck her in the face and left in an unknown direction.

Unattended car stolen

A 48-year-old man reported that someone stole his black 2003 Mercedes-Benz S430V, which he left unlocked and running in front of a building in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road on Nov. 27 about 6 p.m.

The victim said he was away from his vehicle for 5-10 minutes.

Vehicle, garage break-ins

A 31-year-old man called police on Nov. 23 to report that, sometime after Nov. 13, someone entered his 2011 Hyundai, which was parked in the garage of his residence in the 200 block of Elgin Avenue, and removed numerous electric guitar effects pedals and two microphones. The loss was estimated at between $1,500 and $2,000.

The victim said the incident might have occurred on Nov. 16, when he discovered the overhead garage door open.

Police responded to the 7500 block of Harrison Street on Nov. 23 after a resident called to report that a Toro snow blower had been stolen from his garage sometime between 4 and 7:45 p.m.

There were no obvious signs of force used to gain entry to the garage, according to police. The loss was estimated at $400.

An avid barbecue enthusiast in the 900 block of Hannah Avenue called police to report that sometime between Nov. 23 and 25 someone had removed several briskets, racks of ribs, chickens and salmon from a garage refrigerator.

Police reported that the side service door appeared to have been kicked in or pried open. 

Police reported that between Nov. 24 and 27 someone kicked in the side service door of a garage in the 400 block of Elgin Avenue. Nothing was reported missing from the garage, according to police.

Construction loader stolen

Forest Park police reported that a construction loader was stolen from the west side of the Forest Park Plaza shopping center, 7630 Roosevelt Road, during the overnight hours of Nov. 17-18. The theft was discovered on Nov. 22.

The 1995 New Holland LX665 skid steer with a set of forks attached had been located near a dumpster on the west side of the building. Police are trying to determine whether there is any surveillance camera video that captured the theft.

Drives away without paying

Police responded to Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Road, on Nov. 23 after the service manager called to report that a car that had been towed into the lot for repairs had been taken without the repairs being paid for.

The 2013 GMC Yukon was towed to the business on Nov. 16. Repairs, which were authorized by the owner, were completed on Nov. 18 and the owner was contacted, police said.

On Nov. 23, employees noticed the vehicle missing. Security cameras reportedly showed a male enter the vehicle with a key and drive off about 5:20 p.m. on Nov. 18 without paying the $2,306 bill, according to the police report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 21-27, 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