An employee of the United States Postal Service bulk mail sorting facility at 7500 Roosevelt Road allegedly made death threats against his supervisor and the facility in general.

On July 14, an employee and his supervisor reportedly got into an argument after the supervisor told the employee to move. The employee refused, and the supervisor suspended him.

A short time later, the employee reportedly talked to his union representatives and made various threatening comments, saying, “I’ll go to war. They have their family and kids to go home to, I don’t have anything. I have my guns loaded and ready to go. I’ll either go to jail or my grave.”

While the police report redacts all information about the employee’s place of residence, it does mention that Romeoville police and two postal inspectors interviewed him in his home, and he admitted to making those comments in a moment of frustration. The Romeoville police reportedly attempted to seek charges, but the Office of Will County State’s Attorney declined to approve them. Trying to pursue charges on the federal level didn’t get any results, either.

Following that, on July 18, one of the postal inspectors reached out to the Forest Park Police Department, stating that he wanted to see if the local police department would be able to take any action. The responding officer stated that, while he would file a report, he wasn’t sure they would have jurisdiction given that the facility sits on the federal land.

The postal inspector told the officer that USPS will be seeking the employee’s termination in response to the incident. 

Attempted carjacking

A man attempted to hijack a car inside the Crystal Car Wash, 901 S. Harlem Ave. 

On July 22, at around 4:17 p.m., the victim left the doors open after vacuuming his car. As he returned the vacuum to the station, he heard a noise coming from the car and saw the door closed and a man in the driver’s seat. The victim opened the door and pulled the suspect out of the vehicle. He then saw another man standing by the car door.

As the victim backed away, the two men followed him, demanding his car keys. The victim yelled for help, and the suspects fled west on Lexington Street.

Vehicle burglary

A white 2015 Infiniti sedan parked on the 7200 block of Madison Street was burglarized overnight, after two alleged previous attempts failed.

When the victim returned to her vehicle on July 20 at 9:30 a.m., the door was open, and the contents of the car were tossed across the pavement. She said that, to the best of her knowledge, nothing was taken. The victim said that she believed she forgot to lock the door the day before.

The victim said there have been two previous instances when someone tried to reprogram her car in order to break in, but they were unsuccessful. Both alleged incidents happened overnight. 

The midnight shift has been alerted to the incidents.

Retail Thefts

Last week saw three instances of three different individuals shoplifting from the Forest Park Walmart location, 1300 Desplaines Ave.

On July 19, at 1:39 p.m., the store surveillance camera recorded a 60-year-old Chicago man putting items in his backpack. The officer responding to the call caught him in the store vestibule. The man was arrested and charged with one count of retail theft.

On July 20, at 1:40 p.m., a 41-year-old Chicago man was caught on the surveillance camera hiding items in his backpack and trying to take a shopping cart with items out of the store without paying for them. The Walmart loss prevention employee tried to stop the man, but he refused.

The officer spotted the man matching the suspect across the street from the Dollar Tree location at 7709 Roosevelt Rd. The stolen items were found in his backpack.

On July 22 at 9:37 a.m., a 38-year-old man from De Soto, Ill. was recorded leaving the store with medication without paying for it. He rode away on a Divvy bike, heading north on Desplaines Avenue. The officers caught up with him at the Harrison Avenue intersection, and he admitted to tossing the medication in the bushes.  

All three men were charged with retail theft. 

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 18-25, 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 Igor Studenkov