A car was stolen at gunpoint from the BP gas station, 7204 Washington St., on Oct. 29 at 11:37 p.m. The victims reported that they were sitting in their car at a gas pump when a man wearing dark clothing and a black face mask tapped on the driver-side window. At the same time, a similarly clothed second person approached the passenger-side window. The first man displayed a gun and ordered the victims out of the vehicle. Both offenders got into the car and fled the scene.

Home invaded with owner inside

Police were called to the 600 block of Lathrop Avenue when a homeowner called on Nov. 1 at 12:58 a.m., saying it sounded like someone was trying to break into the basement of his home. Officers arrived and discovered that the basement cellar had an unsecured door, which was ajar. The exterior door leading into the residence’s porch had its frame and screen broken, and that door was unsecured as well.

Officers cleared the porch and entered the home, where they found the suspect hiding under an overturned couch. Drugs, suspected to be heroin, were found on the suspect, who claimed he’d been chased by men with guns and broke into the home to hide from them.

Cars, left running, stolen

A woman’s car was stolen from Thornton’s, 601 Harlem Ave., on Oct. 26 at 5:36 p.m. when she left the key fob inside the car and the vehicle running while she was outside her auto to use the air pump. A male offender entered the driver’s side of her vehicle and fled the parking lot. Her cellphone and purse, containing a wallet, were also in the car at the time.

At Citgo, 7400 Roosevelt Road, a car was stolen on Oct. 27 at 4:22 p.m. when the owner parked his vehicle at a gas pump and entered the store, leaving his vehicle running. When he exited the store, his car was gone.

Mask scofflaw slaps woman

At Refiner’s Pride, 7323 Randolph St., a woman was slapped in the face by another customer on Oct. 28 at 7:04 p.m.

According to the victim, the assailant, who was unmasked, entered the store and asked the clerk behind the counter for Black & Mild cigars. The employee behind the counter told the man he needed to put on a mask to make a purchase. The assailant got mad, claiming the employee was refusing to serve him because he was Black.

The employee said his request for the customer to mask-up applied to all customers and pointed to a sign posted about the Illinois mask mandate. But the subject continued to demand the cigars and accuse the clerk of being racist.

The victim said she told the customer if he’d just put on a mask, everything would be fine. He told her to mind her own business and slapped her across the left side of her face. He then fled in a red Toyota.

Open container on Randolph

A woman on the 7400 block of Randolph Street was issued a local ordinance citation for open alcohol when she was caught by police drinking a Mike’s Hard Lemonade alcoholic beverage outside a bar on Oct. 27 at 1:15 a.m.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 26-Nov. 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