After watching an apparent drug deal between a man on a bicycle and the subjects in a car in the parking lot of Spotless Car Wash on the 7300 block of Roosevelt Rd., police pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the subject on the bike on May 26 at 12:37 a.m.

While speaking to the police, the driver of the car allegedly changed his story, first saying he’d pulled into the parking lot simply to turn around, then stating that he was there to meet up with the bike rider, nicknamed “Checkman,” who he said owed him money. Because a hand-to-hand transaction had been observed by the officers, the three subjects in the car were removed from the vehicle and separated while police searched the individuals.

One of the subjects from the car had on his person a Newport cigarette box, inside of which were three small individually wrapped bags of what appeared to be cocaine. A similar bag of suspected cocaine was found on the bike rider. Both men said, however, that they had met up in the parking lot because “Checkman” owed money to the driver of the car, and the man with the Newport box of coke owed “Checkman” $10. No drugs, they said, had changed hands.

Both men were processed for possession of a controlled substance.

Man steals Glade, Febreze

On May 26 at 8:27 a.m., a man was issued a citation for retail theft after allegedly leaving Walgreens, 7200 Roosevelt Rd., with products for which he had not paid. According to the police report, he’d taken $80.38 worth of items, including Glade and Febreze products. He told police he had stolen the items because he has a drug addiction.

Television, clothes thief apprehended

A man who had allegedly stolen two televisions from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., was spotted and pulled over in North Riverside on May 25 at 11:27 a.m.

According to a security guard at Walmart, the suspect had been observed carrying a television out to his van without paying. He then allegedly returned to the store, where he chose a larger TV and attempted to leave the store, but he was stopped by security. He set down the television and ran to his van, fleeing the parking lot. Security footage, however, revealed that he had successfully stolen two televisions and a bag of clothing for a total of $964.94.

Two television sets were found in the back of his van. He was positively identified by store security and released on bond with a July court date.

Graffiti found on CTA train

Police were called on May 24 at 12:20 a.m. to 711 Desplaines Ave. after a train car had been found defaced in the south “jungle.”

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 21-27, 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