On March 17 at 4:48 p.m., officers observed a vehicle on the 7600 block of Madison Street with windows tinted in obvious violation of the law.

Officers curbed the vehicle and spoke with the front seat passenger, who said the vehicle was hers, and that her vehicle has “limousine tints,” which refer to window film that blocks 90 percent of visible light.

Using the “Tint Meter Enforcer II Model 1000,” officers checked the tint levels and found a reading of 00, which means that the window film allows 0 percent visible light transmission, according to the police report.

The driver of the vehicle had an active arrest warrant out of Maywood for homicide with a gun. He was placed into custody. The passenger, who owns the car, was issued a citation for the improper window tinting.

Car thief apprehended

On March 15 around 7:24 a.m., police observed a car drive past, the driver not wearing a seatbelt. The officer attempted to curb the vehicle on the 7600 block of Madison Street, but the car fled away at a high rate of speed, according to the police report. The vehicle struck the curb at Circle Avenue and Madison Street, causing damage to the front passenger side tire, before continuing on. Police followed and discovered the car abandoned and the driver gone.

A witness said the driver had fled eastbound toward Oak Park Hospital, and officers learned that the car had been reported stolen from a gas station in Bellwood.

Officers proceeded to the hospital, where they observed the driver in the vestibule. He denied doing anything wrong, according to the report, and provided a fictitious name to the officers. He was placed into custody and taken to the station. Video from the Bellwood gas station confirmed the man was the same one who’d stolen the car.

Footprints found on damaged car

The owner of a car parked in Municipal Lot #6 at 7325 Madison Street reported damage to his vehicle on March 15 at 9:24 a.m. He’d left the vehicle parked there since March 12, and when he returned to it he discovered the roof of the vehicle was caved in and there were footprints on the trunk.

CTA train cars defaced

Two CTA trains were defaced with graffiti, which was discovered on March 15 at 3:30 a.m. by a CTA employee.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, March 15-21, 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