Defending rabbit, bystander gets punched

A 52-year-old Berkeley man was arrested July 25 around 8:30 p.m. after he punched a 48-year-old man in the face at a CTA Blue Line station, 711 Desplaines Ave. The 52-year-old was, according to the police report, “throwing large rocks at a rabbit in an effort to injure the rabbit” when the 48-year-old intervened and was punched. 

Damage to vehicle

Someone shot out a passenger window on a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, parked at Currie Motors, 7901 Roosevelt Road, sometime between July 22 around 5 p.m. and July 24 around 9 a.m. A 3-by-5 section of window on one of the car dealer’s buildings was also shot out. There is, according to the police report, no “offender information.” 

Someone smashed the rear window of a white 2011 BMW parked on the 7700 block of Yuba Street sometime between 7:30 p.m. July 28 and 1 a.m. on July 29. Cost of repairs was unknown at the time the police report was filed. 

Motor vehicle theft

Chicago police found a stolen 2016 white HINO truck on the 500 block of Ridgeway around 9 a.m. on July 24. Earlier that day, sometime between 5:30 and 8 a.m., the truck was taken from the Enterprise Car Rental lot, 7630 Roosevelt Road. The truck was unlocked and the keys were inside, according to the police report. A Broadview company was renting the truck at the time of the theft. No damage to the vehicle was reported. 

Someone stole a 1993 Dodge sedan parked on the 1100 block of Lathrop Avenue between 5 p.m. on July 29 and 2:30 a.m. on July 30. No arrest has been made. 

Auto burglary 

Someone smashed the rear passenger window of a Nissan Altima on the 1100 block of Troost Avenue sometime between 11:30 p.m. on July 23 and noon on July 24. The car’s owner, a 28-year-old Forest Parker, said her work bag, which had been in the back seat, was found next to the car. Nothing was reported missing. 

Someone took loose change from two unlocked parked cars in an alley on the 500 block of Thomas Avenue sometime on the night of July 26. Nothing else was reported missing. 


A 46-year-old man was arrested July 25 around 6 p.m. after trying to steal a $1,000, 55-inch television from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. According to the report, the man walked into Walmart, opened the television’s box, removed the security tag, went to the customer service desk, and tried to return the TV. But customer service reps asked for a receipt, which the 46-year-old didn’t have. He then walked out of the store with the television without paying. He, with the help of another man, put the television in a 2014 Buick and drove off. 

Roughly $2,500 worth of work materials, including ladders and scaffolding, were taken from the front yard of a home on the 7600 block of Adams Street sometime between July 23 around 2 p.m. and 8 a.m. on July 24. 

An unknown man stole a black backpack with about $3,300 worth of electronics in it from a 29-year-old Chicago man on July 27 around 8 a.m. The man reportedly approached the 29-year-old and asked for a cigarette. A few minutes later, the 29-year-old “turned his back to his black backpack sitting on the ground” and the man grabbed it and ran off. 

A man, described in the police report on the incident, as “homeless,” reportedly took $500 and a Samsung cell phone from a 31-year-old Forest Park woman on July 27 around 2:30 a.m. The man, according to the report, approached the 31-year-old and another friend, near an alley behind the 7400 block Madison Street and asked for money. The 31-year-old woman put her “backpack-purse down to give this person a dollar” and the man reportedly grabbed it and started running. No arrest has been made. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park police department, July 24-30, 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 Thomas Vogel