Forest Park police responded to the CTA Blue Line terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave. on Aug. 21 at about 6:40 p.m. after receiving a report of a man groping multiple women on a westbound train.
The offender reportedly got off the train at Desplaines Avenue and hopped on a Pace bus heading westbound on Van Buren Street. Police interviewed a 24-year-old woman who said a man touched her breasts while both were on the train and gave police a description of the offender.
Police located the Pace bus at Madison and Van Buren streets and detained the alleged offender, a 41-year-old Chicago man who was identified by the victim. After interviewing the parties, police determined that the incident took place as the CTA train was leaving the Cicero Avenue stop in Chicago.
Forest Park police transported the offender to the Chicago Police Department’s 15th District headquarters, where the victim signed a complaint against him for battery.
- A Forest Park woman told police she wanted to pursue vehicle theft charges against a Berwyn man who reportedly took her SUV without her consent and never returned it.
According to the police report, the woman’s friend took the vehicle from the 7400 block of Washington Street on Aug. 22 at about 4:15 p.m. while she was asleep. The friend reportedly texted the woman, saying he would be back, but he didn’t come back and she could not reach him by phone.
The man later apparently called the woman to tell her he’d been stopped by Berwyn police, who arrested him for driving on a suspended driver’s license and impounded the vehicle.
The man later bonded out, but the woman can’t get the vehicle back until a $500 administrative towing fee and $450 storage fee are paid. Unwilling to pay the fees herself, the woman called Forest Park police on Aug. 26, stating she would sign a theft complaint against the man.
- The manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 7630 Roosevelt Road, called police on Aug. 25 to report that he wanted to report a gray 2020 Chevy Malibu, which was rented on Aug. 5, as stolen.
The man told police the vehicle was due to be returned on Aug. 7, but it never was and that the person who rented it would not return the business’ calls.
- An employee at Ferrara Pan Candy Company, 7301 Harrison St., called police on the morning of Aug. 26 to report that someone had stolen his white 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan, which had been parked just outside the fence near the factory.
The man said he parked the vehicle when his shift started at 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. When he returned at 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 26, the van was missing. The victim still had the keys in his possession. A search of the immediate area turned up no matching vehicle and police confirmed it had not been towed.
Storage unit burglarized
Police responded to a building in the 7600 block of York Street on Aug. 20 after a tenant called to report that someone had entered the storage area shared by all of the building’s residents and removed power tools, computer parts and miscellaneous papers from a locked storage unit.
- A resident of the 900 block of Thomas Avenue called police on Aug. 22 to report that during the overnight hours of Aug. 17-18 someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked at the rear of the property, and removed the vehicle’s registration card.
- Police responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Elgin Avenue on Aug. 24 after someone called to report that between 4 and 5 p.m. someone entered his unlocked vehicle and removed his wallet, which contained two debit cards, a driver’s license and $40 in cash.
- A resident of the 7500 block of Jackson Boulevard contacted police on Aug. 24 to report that during the overnight hours someone entered his vehicle and ransacked its interior, removing $8 in loose change, six new NAPA spark plugs, three new NAPA coils and the vehicle’s registration.
The spark plugs and coils were valued at about $600, the victim said.
- A 28-year-old Chicago woman called police on the morning of Aug. 24 to report that while she was shopping in the 7600 block of Madison Street someone entered her vehicle at removed $650 in cash from a container inside her backpack.
The victim told police the burglary occurred between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and that she must have left the vehicle’s windows open or forgot to lock the doors.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 19-26, 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