Three people, one of them armed with a handgun, robbed the 7-Eleven at 7749 Roosevelt Road late on Aug. 18, making off with cash from the register, police have reported.
All three of the offenders, described as males in their teens or early 20s and wearing ski masks, entered the store just after 11 p.m. One grabbed a beverage from the cooler while another pointed a handgun at the female clerk and threatened to kill her unless she opened the safe.
When the clerk said she didn’t have access to the safe, the offenders moved behind the counter and stole about $200 from the cash register before fleeing on foot.
The clerk, who police say was unharmed but visibly shaken by the incident, could not provide any additional description of the offenders. Security camera video indicated the offenders may have left the scene westbound on Roosevelt Road in a silver SUV.
A resident of the 900 block of Hannah Avenue called police on the evening of Aug. 16 to report that someone had entered the unlocked residence while the victim was out shopping for about three hours and stole about $2,000 in jewelry.
According to police, the burglary occurred between 3:30 and 6:50 p.m. and that entry had been gained via the open rear door. The front entrance was locked.
Jewelry boxes taken from dresser drawers in the bedroom had been thrown onto the bed and rummaged through, police said. Most of the items taken were watches and rings, according to the victim.
Man arrested for vehicle break-in
Forest Park police have charged Maurice L. Williams, 59, of Forest Park, with felony burglary to a motor vehicle and resisting arrest for reportedly trying to flee from police after he was observed breaking into vehicles parked in the alley between the 900 blocks of Hannah and Thomas avenues on Aug. 18 around 5:25 a.m.
A witness called police to report someone tampering with vehicles in the alley, and a police officer who responded observed that at least vehicle had been ransacked. The offender was seen fleeing on a bicycle before being detained in the 1000 block of Circle Avenue.
The bicycle reportedly also was stolen and police recovered other items reported missing from a vehicle in the neighborhood.
- A resident of the 800 block of Hannah Avenue called police on morning of Aug. 15 to report that during the overnight hours someone entered her unlocked vehicle and rummaged through the interior compartments.
Nothing of value was reported missing from the vehicle.
Watch your belongings while shopping
- A 21-year-old Berwyn woman went to police on Aug. 13 to report the theft of her iPhone 12 Max cellphone valued at $1,000, the cellphone case and a PNC debit card from a shopping cart at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. between 7 and 7:40 p.m.
The victim told police she had contacted her bank but that the debit card had been used at the Walmart in Forest Park and at four other location by time it was cancelled. The Walmart transaction took place at 7:39 p.m. and was for $74.06.
- A 61-year-old Elmwood Park woman contacted police to report that someone removed her wallet from her purse while she was shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, 215 Harlem Ave. on Aug. 14 between 2 and 3 p.m.
The wallet contained several credit cards, identification, a Social Security card and miscellaneous papers.
Forest Park police charged a 37-year-old Melrose Park man with reckless driving and cited him for driving without a valid license or proof of vehicle insurance after an officer on patrol reported two vehicles apparently racing each other at high speeds while eastbound in the 7600 block of Roosevelt Road on Aug. 15 at about 1:30 a.m.
The officer activated his squad car’s emergency lights and both vehicles stopped, but not before the yellow 2001 Ford Mustang, seemingly on purpose, drove into the side of the other vehicle, a silver 2004 Mazda. No one was hurt, police said.
According to the police report, the driver of the Mustang, who was later charged with reckless driving, was the ex-husband of a woman who was in the Mazda. She was in that vehicle with her boyfriend, and the two said they were trying to elude the offender, who was angry about their relationship and had tried to confront them in another town.
Bush on fire
Emergency personnel responded to the rear of a property in the 200 block of Rockford Avenue on Aug. 18 at about 4:25 a.m. after someone called to report a bush fire. When first responders arrived, the homeowner was attempting to put out the flames with a garden hose.
The man said he just arrived home and no idea how the fire had started. The flames damaged a kayak, some wooden planks and the northeast corner of the garage. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 13-19, 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 Bob Uphues