A silver Smith and Wesson SV9 handgun with one round in the chamber and several more in the magazine was found on the sidewalk on the 1100 block of Circle Avenue on March 1 at 11:07 a.m. The police report mentioned that an arrest was made for aggravated fleeing/eluding in the early hours of that same day, and the vehicle fled southbound on Circle, passing the location where the gun was located and recovered.

Residence deemed chronic
nuisance property

On Feb. 24 a property on the 1100 block of Thomas Avenue was deemed a Chronic Nuisance Property due to many complaints since the current tenants moved in. Numerous calls received by the police department include shots fired, guns and reports of drugs. On Jan. 26, police responded to a loud music complaint combined with reports of vehicles illegally parked after 2 a.m. According to police reports, the tenant “has been notified of all reported disruptive incidents and has refused to make any changes.” The tenant has a March court date.

Cash register stolen from store

Officers reported to 407 Desplaines Ave. when the burglar alarm went off on Feb. 25 at 4:13 a.m. Security cameras showed a large, black SUV pulling up in front of the store. Several seconds later, a second and smaller dark SUV pulled in front of the initial vehicle. Six subjects, wearing masks and gloves, exited from the two vehicles and approached the front door of the shop. One subject began to break the front door to gain entry. Once inside, two of the subjects checked the ATM to see if it was secured to the floor. It was. Another pulled the cash register from behind the counter and exited the store with it. One subject opened the cooler and took a can of soda. The thieves were in the store approximately one minute before the SUVs were seen in motion again. The store owners reported the loss to be one cash register with $3,500 in it and one small Chase bag used as a till containing $1,100.

Car, left running to warm up, stolen

A customer of a bar at 427 Desplaines, had his friend’s car stolen on Feb. 28 at 8:30 p.m. when he left the vehicle running for half an hour to warm it up. The owner of the car reported that he had lent it to a friend for a few months.

Man with public indecency warrant
steals water

A man, who was fingerprinted and found to have a valid warrant for public indecency and lewd behavior, stole water at the Bed, Bath and Beyond store, 215 Harlem Ave., on Feb. 29 at 10:57 a.m. In Bed, Bath and Beyond, according to the loss prevention officer, the man took a bottle of water from on top of a beverage case, opened it and drank it. As soon as the loss prevention officer approached the subject, he tossed the bottle of water into the trash. When told by the officer that he needed to pay for the water, he said “the water didn’t taste good so I threw it out and I’m not gonna pay for it.” He left the store and was found by police in the 7-Eleven parking lot down the street. He was arrested for obstructing ID when he failed to cooperate with police and, when fingerprinted at the station, found to have a valid warrant with the Cook County Sherriff Police.

Unlocked car ransacked

A woman on the 100 block of Elgin reported her car had been ransacked on Feb. 28 at 8:16 p.m. The caller reviewed surveillance video clips on her phone and observed an unknown male enter her unlocked vehicle and go through the contents of her car. The woman reported that nothing appeared to be missing from her vehicle. 

Woman selling loosies given citation

A woman was given a citation for selling “loosies” at the Blue Line train stop at 711 Desplaines Ave. on Feb. 27 at 1:36 p.m. The reporting officer saw her exchanging one loose cigarette (loosie) for a dollar from an unknown man. She was told by the officer that selling cigarettes is illegal, and she stated she does it to make a profit. Her cigarettes were confiscated, and she was issued a citation for unlawful soliciting/peddling/begging.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 24- March 1, 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 Maria Maxham

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