Armed man barred from bar

Police responded to a call about a possible drug dealer hanging outside Pioneer Tap about 2 a.m. on Jan. 29.

When they arrived at 7445 Randolph, they found a Bellwood man attempting to force his way into the front door of the bar, which was closed for the night. The Pioneer Tap manager and another employee were inside trying to keep the man from entering.

When officers pulled the man away from the door, he seemed unbalanced and smelled of alcohol and cannabis. They also felt a possible weapon. Police pulled up the offender’s sweatshirt and found a black handgun in a holster. The man kept turning away from police, attempting to keep them from searching his left side hip and pocket. He was speaking incoherently, and told police he needed to get his credit card and ID from Pioneer Tap. Officers transported him to the police department. At the station, police recovered a very small, burnt cigarette that smelled like marijuana in his pocket.

The Pioneer Tap manager said she had been trying to close the bar when the man attempted to enter. She said she knows the man because he comes to Pioneer Tap regularly and works at the barbershop next door. She said they didn’t have his credit card or ID because he was drinking in the bar earlier and took his items.

When asked about how much he drank, the man responded, “I drank the whole bar.” He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm under the influence.

Police catch two in heroin exchange

Forest police were conducting a covert surveillance of a home when they reportedly spotted a man selling heroin outside on Jan. 31.

Officers arrived about 10 a.m. at 400 Maple Ave. regarding a burglary investigation, according to a police report. An hour later, officers watched a black Audi SUV park directly in front of 420 Maple Ave. Ten minutes later, a white Buick pulled up.

Police recognized the occupants of the white Buick for twice selling narcotics to other motorists the day before. They watched the driver of the Audi hand the passenger of the Buick a stack of money. The Buick passenger then handed the Audi driver a stack of white-colored packets.

Meanwhile, officers pulled up to the parked Audi on Maple. Police approached the passenger side of the Audi, and ordered the man to step outside. The man stepped out and told police he had several packets inside a cigarette pack that was tucked into his coat. The driver also handed police three zip-lock baggies containing suspected heroin.

The Buick drove northbound on Maple Avenue, and later stopped at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Home Avenue. Officers approached and placed the driver and front passenger in custody. A search of the driver indicated a large amount money in his pants and jacket pocket. A search of the passenger turned up $962 and two small bags of cannabis. 

Offenders steal backpack from car

At some point between 8 p.m., Jan. 30 and 6:45 a.m., Jan. 31, someone broke into a Subaru Forester parked at 7410 Dixon and stole a canvas shoulder bag, according to a police report. The bag was later recovered at 148 Circle Ave. on Jan. 31, although the victim said his headphones were missing. Access to the vehicle may have been gained through an unlocked door. 

TVs and bed covers stolen in burglary

Police responded to calls of a resident burglary about 11:58 p.m. at 8290 Roosevelt Road on Jan. 31, according to a police report.

A woman said she had left her son’s apartment to take a friend home, when she saw someone walking toward the apartment building. When she returned to her son’s apartment, she found that the front door had been kicked in and bed covers, three pillows, and two TVs had been taken. She estimated the cost to replace the items is about $250.

Tires, rims taken from stolen truck

Between 9:37 p.m., Jan. 31 and 8:15 a.m., Feb. 1, someone stole a semi-truck parked at Weinstein Wholesale Meats, according to a police report. The truck was equipped with a tracking device and later located at 12233 S. Avenue O in Chicago. A representative from Weinstein Meats drove to the location and found the missing truck on blocks, with its rims and tires missing. A surveillance video captured the truck leaving 7501 Industrial Dr. about 9:37 p.m., Jan. 31.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Jan. 29-Feb.5, 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 Nona Tepper