Man conceals 36 bottles at Living Fresh Market

After stealing three dozen mini-bottles of wine from Living Fresh Market, 7520 Roosevelt Road, the day before, a man pushed a store employee who tried to stop him from taking more. 

Between 4 and 5 p.m., a Forest Park man entered the store three times on June 21, according to a police report. The third time he entered, an employee watched him stick multiple, 187 millileter bottles of wine down his pants, in his socks, and he even drank one. He was stopped as he tried to exit the store, and employees recovered 36 bottles. He was charged with retail theft, and told if he tried to enter the store again he would be arrested. 

The next day, he returned to Living Fresh about 3:58 p.m., according to the police report. An employee watched him put four mini-bottles of wine down his pants and in his socks, and tried to stop him when he exited the store. The man shoved the employee in the chest, causing him to fall to his knees. The employee got up and was able to retrieve the bottles. The man was charged with battery.

Man threatens police 

Police responded to a call about 12:47 a.m. at Doc Ryan’s on June 22 to remove an unwanted person. When they arrived, a bar employee told officers the man was now sleeping under a car in the parking lot at 400 Thomas. 

Police report he walked unsteadily and almost fell to the ground several times. The man sat down, passed out, woke up, and started yelling at officers, clenching his fists and lunging at police. Two officers restrained him, and he reportedly yelled, “I don’t care if I go to jail.” Police charged him with reckless conduct.

Battery on the Blue Line

Police arrived about 1 a.m. to the Forest Park Blue Line station, 711 Desplaines, on June 24 after receiving a call about a fight.

Officers found a man lying near the bike racks with missing teeth, a 1.5-inch cut on his chin, swollen eye and lip, and a gash on the back of his head. He was transported to Loyola Medical Center for treatment. 

His assailant reportedly told police the man started harassing him as soon as he got out of the train, and that he punched the man in the face several times to defend himself. Police charged the assailant with aggravated battery.

Bike stolen

Between 7:30 p.m. on June 7 and 5:30 p.m. on June 18, someone broke into a garage on the 400 block of Marengo and stole a white and blue Giant brand bicycle.

Thief breaks into condo

Between 12:30 p.m., June 22 and 2:45 a.m., June 25, someone broke into a condo on the 500 block of Grove and stole an HP laptop, 10 bottles of wine, $20 worth of change and a green and tan baseball. The man told police the wedge he used to close his back door was missing.

Car stolen from Blue Line lot

Between 8:30 p.m. on June 18 and 8:15 a.m. on June 19, someone stole a white Jeep from the Forest Park Blue Line station, 711 Desplaines Ave. The owner told police he parked his car in the westernmost lot at Van Buren, took the train to work, and arrived the next morning to find his car missing.

Four landscaping trailers broken into

Between 9 p.m. on June 22 and 6:15 a.m. on June 23, someone broke into four trailers at McAdam Landscaping and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Someone pried the door open of one trailer at 2001 Desplaines, stealing two blowers valued at $1,000 total; two string trimmers valued at $600 total; a pole trimmer valued at $300; and a hedge trimmer valued at $250. They cut the hatch of another trailer, stealing a blower valued at $500 and a string trimmer valued at $300. The rear door of a trailer was also lowered, and there were pry marks on the door of another trailer. 

Man tries to break into cars

Police responded to a call of a man trying to break into a vehicle about 2:33 a.m. at the 800 block of Marengo on June 24.

A man told police he saw a man trying to open the doors of two cars parked behind his home, and yelled for him to stop. The man ran, but police caught him at the Harlem and Elgin alley. Officers asked him what he was doing, and he replied, “I was just going for a walk and stopped to take a piss.” He was charged with two counts of tampering with vehicle/anti-theft. 

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, June 17-25, 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