Couple faces vehicle theft, drug charges

Hoffman Estates resident Christopher G. Carter, 38, faces a felony charge of possessing a stolen motor vehicle after an officer checking the license plates of vehicles at Thorntons gas station, 601 Harlem Ave., on March 21, learned that a 2000 Toyota Camry that Carter was gassing up there had been stolen in Des Plaines on March 14.

According to the police report, Carter told officers he’d been using the car, which he reportedly admitted knowing was stolen, for the past few days in exchange for providing a friend with heroin.

Meghann L. Carter, 38, of Hoffman Estates, who was a passenger in the car was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle and also two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Police reported recovering 10 grams of heroin and 2.2 grams of crack cocaine from Meghann Carter.

Road rage investigation

Forest Park police are investigating an alleged road rage incident on March 23 in which an unknown man reportedly smashed out two windows on another vehicle after a fender bender in the 400 block of Marengo Avenue and then fled the scene.

The 48-year-old victim told police he was driving a pickup truck westbound on Madison Street about 7:45 a.m. when a small blue vehicle rushed ahead of other vehicles, passing on the right before merging into traffic, striking the victim’s truck.

Both drivers turned south onto Marengo, the victim thought, to exchange information. Instead the driver of the blue vehicle reportedly got out and started yelling at the victim and then grabbed a hammer from the trunk of his car and proceeded to smash out the driver’s side front and rear windows.

The offender fled the scene but the victim got a license plate number, which he provided to police. The investigation continues.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 500 block of Jackson Boulevard called to police on the morning of March 20 to report that, during the overnight hours, someone entered her car, which was unlocked, and removed a queen-size comforter.

A resident of the 1000 block of Harlem Avenue summoned police on March 23 about 2:35 p.m. after finding that someone had smashed out the front driver’s side window of a work van, which was parked in the rear of the property.

Police reported that a Samsung Galaxy 6 cellphone was stolen and that a screwdriver was found on the ground next to the smashed window.

Sewer camera heisted

Police responded to the 1000 block of Dunlop Avenue on March 23 about 4:25 p.m. after a crewman working on a sewer line in the area reported that someone had walked away with an expensive piece of equipment.

The worker stated that a sewer camera valued at $11,000 had been lying next to a hole the crew had dug. About 1:45 p.m., the crew was working in the hole and around 2:15 p.m., they noticed the camera was missing.

One of the workers told police he’d noticed a white van with a plumbing company logo circling the area as they worked, but could not recall the name on the van.

Car stolen

A resident of the 7700 block of Adams Street called police on the morning of March 26 to report that his 1998 Acura SLX had been stolen from a private parking pad at the rear of the residence sometime during the prior 24 hours.

The victim told police he believed he had left the vehicle unlocked and a key inside the vehicle.

Up on the roof

Forest Park police cited three 16-year-old girls for trespassing after they were found on the roof of an abandoned building at the village-owned Altenheim property at 7820 Madison St. on March 24 about 5:40 p.m.

The girls reportedly told police they rode their bikes to the site and entered the building through an opening in the plywood covering.

Felony DUI

Forest Park police say that the blood-alcohol content of woman arrested for drunken driving after her car rear-ended another vehicle on Harlem Avenue at I-290 on March 21 about 10 p.m. was more than three times the legal limit.

According to police, Omekia B. Thomas’ breath test revealed her blood-alcohol content to be .247 more than an hour after her arrest for driving on a suspended license in the wake of the crash.

In addition to felony DUI charges, she was also cited for driving without insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, March 20-26, 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