In that case, I’ll just take it

A security employee at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., summoned police on Oct. 3 about 10:15 p.m. after a customer walked out of the store without paying for a 40-inch flat panel TV.

According to the police report, an employee informed security that a customer had tried paying for the Vizio LED TV, valued at $318, with a credit card that was declined numerous times.

So the customer placed the TV back in a shopping cart and wheeled it past the self-checkout line without paying.


Police charged a 23-year-old Chicago man with battery after he allegedly punched a 23-year-old Oak Park man in the nose during an altercation outside of Short Stop tavern, 7431 Madison St., about 1 a.m. on Oct. 2.

It’s unclear what prompted the altercation between the two men. The victim was taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital for treatment.

BB through the window

Police responded to a residence in the 600 block of Thomas Avenue on the morning of Oct. 4 after a resident called to report that he’d discovered a large hole in the window portion of his front door. The damage occurred overnight.

Police reported finding a marble-sized white BB/ball between the screen door and main front door. That size projectile, said police, is more commonly fired via slingshot.

Keep it down

Forest Park police issued an excessive noise citation to a 58-year-old New Lenox man who was dropping off equipment related to the construction project at Thorntons gas station, 601 Harlem Ave. at 5:25 a.m. on Oct. 5.

A resident who lives near the business called police. The man who was dropping off the equipment, an excavator, said he’s never had a problem before. The village’s noise ordinance states that excessive business noise is not allowed between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Vehicle break-in

After an unidentified citizen turned in several items — including a car manual, an ID card and other papers — from the lawn of a home in the 100 block of Belvidere Avenue on the night of Oct. 5, police traced those items to a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 7300 block of Randolph Street, which appears to have been burglarized.

In addition to the above items, which were traced to the victim’s vehicle, the citizen also turned in a multicolored Coach purse found in front of a home, possibly in the 100 block of Brown Avenue.

The owner of the vehicle said the only other item that appeared to be missing from her car was an orange Vera Bradley purse. She had last been in the vehicle about 6 p.m. The items were found on Belvidere Avenue around 10:20 p.m.

Package stolen

A 27-year-old Forest Park woman contacted police on Oct. 5 to report that sometime between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m., someone stole an Amazon package that was delivered in the secure lobby of her apartment building.

The package reportedly contained two PlayStation controllers, hair care products, and bicycle lights. The loss was valued at about $125.

Theft at Blue Line station

A 44-year-old Chicago woman called police to report that her black cloth shopping bag, which contained a GPS ankle bracelet charger, a state ID card, birth certificate and Social Security card, was taken from a bench on the north side of the CTA Blue Line terminal, 711 Desplaines Ave. on Oct. 3 between 9 and 10 a.m.

The victim, who was on her way to the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood, told police she left her bag on the bench by mistake, and it was gone when she returned.

Brass knuckles and BB gun

Forest Park police charged a 21-year-old Chicago man with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia after routine traffic stop on Oct. 3 about 1:25 a.m. in the 1200 block of Harlem Avenue.

Police pulled the vehicle over after a computer check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle’s owner had an active warrant out of LaSalle County. During the traffic stop, police observed a glass pipe used for smoking cannabis.

After arresting the driver, police also searched a backpack which contained a black P15B BB gun and a set of brass knuckles, which was attached to the holster.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 2-6, 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