Don’t leave the keys in the ignition

A Volkswagen Jetta was stolen from a BP gas station on Washington, Sept. 20 around 4 p.m. The driver left the keys in the ignition when he went into the store. At least four other males then arrived in a BMW, one of whom drove off in the Jetta. Oak Park police later found the vehicle crashed and abandoned near Central and Quincy.

Possession of a controlled substance

A woman was arrested after fleeing the Walmart on Desplaines, where she had been caught shoplifting a ratchet, sockets and some beverages on Sept. 20 around 10 p.m. Forest Park police officers later found the vehicle in which the woman fled and pulled over the driver. The woman behind the wheel matched the description of the alleged thief. When officers searched her purse, they found the missing items and a tied condom filled with smaller baggies that tested positive at the scene for heroin.

Attempted burglary

Police were called to a home on the 700 block of Harrison on Sept. 24 at 10:30 p.m. The victim said she heard glass breaking at the front of her apartment building. When officers arrived, they found a window in the front door had been broken, but no items in the lobby had been taken.

Car vandalized

Officers were called to the Bulk Mail Center on Roosevelt Road around 8 a.m. on Sept. 21 when a man found his car had been vandalized sometime during the night while in the employee parking lot. The car had scratches on the front driver’s side door and panel. The car owner told police he had had issues with co-workers for years and was not well-liked. 

Building vandalized

An abandoned building on the Altenheim property was discovered on Sept. 21 to have been vandalized. An officer doing a premise check found the board covering a doorway had been pried off and spray painted graffiti throughout the interior. No suspects. 

Property theft

A woman reported on Sept. 20 that sometime between noon and 3 p.m. an unknown person removed a package that had been delivered to the lobby of her condo building on the 7200 block of Madison Street. She told police the package had contained an item she ordered on, and this was the second time in as many days her packages had been stolen from her lobby.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Sept. 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 Jyllian Roach