Man with gun robs Dollar Tree of candy, cash

A man waving a black semi-automatic gun robbed the Dollar Tree on Feb. 18. 

Police arrived at 7709 Roosevelt Rd. about 11:41 a.m. on a call that a man wielding a gun had just taken cash and candy from the store, according to a police report. A Dollar Tree cashier told police that a man dressed in a brown puffy coat and yellow surgical mask approached the register, and slammed down a package of 24-piece Mamba fruit chews. As the cashier picked up the fruit chews, the offender told him, “Open your register. Open it, or I’m going to shoot.” The cashier scanned the fruit chews but the register was responding slowly, and the offender said, “Hurry up or I’m going to shoot everyone in here.” The register opened, and the cashier asked if the offender wanted cash as well. “Just give it to me or I’m going to shoot everyone,” the offender said. The cashier handed him paper bills, and the offender told him to walk to the back of the store. The offender then casually left the Dollar Tree and walked northbound through the parking lot towards Troost Avenue. The Dollar Tree’s surveillance camera captured the incident. Police were also able to capture the offender’s finger and palm prints from the incident. 

Police uncover more than 30-grams of weed at traffic stop 

After failing to yield for a pedestrian and ignoring a stop sign, police pulled over a man about 11:08 a.m. on Feb. 12 on the 7200 block of Madison Street, according to a police report. An officer asked the man for his driver’s license and insurance. The man handed him an Illinois state identification card and said he didn’t have insurance because his Mercedes Benz was so new. While standing at the driver’s side of the vehicle, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The man told officers there was no weed in the car. A computer search uncovered the man had a suspended driver’s license. Police searched the vehicle and found a pink Tupperware container that held 44 clear bags of suspected cannabis. Officers also recovered many empty bags, which are often used to transport narcotics, and a digital scale, which is often used in narcotics sales. 

The driver said the marijuana and drug paraphernalia belonged to him. In his left pants pocket, police also found $475 in cash.  The offender was charged with delivery and manufacture of cannabis over 30g.  

Offenders steal camera equipment, sunglasses from car

At some point between 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 3 p.m. Feb. 11, offenders broke into a Chevy Geo and stole $1,000 of camera equipment and sunglasses, according to a police report. Offenders broke into the car parked at 133 Rockford Ave. The woman said her vehicle was locked. 

Man arrested for public urination, assault at CTA station

Police arrived at a Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line station after a man peed in a train and threatened to cut a CTA employee. Officers arrived at 711 Desplaines Ave. and watched as an offender exited the south side about 11:09 a.m. on Feb. 17, according to a police report. The CTA employee told police that the man had been urinating in a train car. When the employee asked the man to leave, he said the offender threatened to “cut” him, although the offender never displayed a knife. Police caught up to the offender and issued him two ordinance violations—one for public urination, another for assault—and told him he will be arrested if he ever returns to 711 Desplaines Ave.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb.12-19, 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 

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