Five cars burglarized around village

At some point between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. on May 11, someone broke into a Dodge Ram and BMW parked on the 800 block of Beloit, according to a police report. A wallet containing a Forest Park National Bank debit card, Capital One credit card, PNC credit card, insurance card and driver’s license were taken from the Dodge Ram and a pair of sunglasses valued at $75 from the BMW. The man told police he left his doors unlocked overnight. After calling Capital One, the victim discovered the thief tried to use the card three times in Chicago.

Between 8:30 p.m. on May 10 and 8:40 a.m. on May 11, someone broke into a Cadillac parked on the 1100 block of Lathrop, and took $15 cash, a $1,200 money order and a bottle of alcohol. The owner told police her dog was barking around 1 a.m. on May 11, but she assumed he just wanted to go out again. She said the Cadillac’s doors were unlocked. Police noticed an empty pill bottle in the parking lot next to the Cadillac. The pill bottle was labeled with the name of a neighbor who owns a Hyundai Tucson, which was also unlocked and had $20 cash missing from it. A Nissan parked next to the Hyundai had change stolen from it.

Between 8 p.m. on May 10 and 10 a.m. on May 11, someone broke into a Buick parked on the 800 block of Ferdinand and took $10 cash, a Chase Freedom credit card and possibly two sets of keys. 

Knife-wielder threatens CTA employees

Police arrived at the Forest Park Blue Line station, 711 Desplaines Ave., around 2:30 a.m. on May 13 and found CTA employees holding a man down. An employee reportedly told the man he had to exit the train and pay his fare again, per CTA policy.  The man became upset, but exited the train and walked down the steps and hung out in the waiting area. The employee told the man he had to exit the waiting area and pay. The man said he needed to charge his phone and would pay once his phone was on. When the employee turned around, the man ran back up to the platform. The employee followed him and told him again to leave. The man said he didn’t have any money because he was robbed earlier in the day, in the ensuing argument, he pushed the employee. CTA K-9 officers arrived to assist, and the man reached into his pants as if he had a weapon. Officials held him to the ground, and discovered a pocketknife tucked into his waist band. He was charged with battery. 

Man rides off with woman’s bike

A woman’s bike, valued at roughly $500, was stolen about 1 p.m. from the 900 block of Marengo Avenue on May 8. Police arrived on the scene, and spotted a man riding a bike that matched the caller’s description — a blue mountain bike. He parked it against REM employment agency, 7239 W. Roosevelt Road. Police took a picture of the bike and sent it to the victim, who positively identified it as her own. Officers escorted the Chicago man from REM and transported him to the station. 

At the station, the man threatened the officers, telling them to take off their tasers and come into his holding cell so he could “beat the [expletive] out of you” and more. He kicked and punched the door and, when officers told him that if it were damaged it would be a felony, he replied, “I don’t give no [expletive]” and held up the middle finger. He was charged with theft. 

Lawn equipment lifted from garage

At some point between 5:30 a.m. on May 11 and 12:30 p.m. on May 13, someone broke into a garage on the 1000 block of Lathrop, and took a leap blower valued at $129 and trimmer valued at $100. Police noticed pry marks on the side door of the garage. 

McDonald’s disturbance leads to arrest

Police arrived at McDonald’s around 4:44 p.m. on May 12, responding to a call that someone was disturbing patrons. When they arrived, officers noticed a man who matched the description of the offender walking quickly toward the Green Line. He told police he left 420 Desplaines Ave. because “they on some [expletive].” A name check revealed he had an active warrant out in Chicago for criminal trespass to property. He was eventually transported to the Chicago Police Department.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 7-13, 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