A man threatened to shoot a woman who stopped by the Dunkin Donuts at 7200 Circle Ave. on Christmas morning, taking her purse and driving off with her Christmas presents.

The victim went into the store to get coffee around 8 a.m. According to the Dunkin Donuts security camera footage, the suspect came into the store earlier and followed the victim out to the store parking lot. The victim said the suspect demanded her keys and her purse, saying he would kill her if she didn’t. The victim didn’t clearly see a gun, but saw a bulge in the suspect’s jacket. 

The victim gave the suspect her purse, saying that the keys were inside, but she actually had the keys in her jacket. However, the victim left her black 2017 Mercedes-Benz running while she got coffee, and the suspect drove off. Oak Park Police Department officers spotted the car heading east on South Boulevard before turning north on Austin Boulevard.

Forest Park officers contacted Mercedes-Benz customer support to track the car, only to discover that the victim never activated her account. The customer service indicated that, due to the holidays, they couldn’t track the car without one. Though the victim left her phone in the car, she couldn’t remember the password, so she couldn’t track it.

Attempted burglary

A man living in an apartment on the 7300 block of Circle Avenue said a burglar tried to break into his unit on Dec. 19 at approximately 3 a.m. 

The victim said he dozed off watching TV after coming home from work. When he woke up, he saw a man try to break into his front window. The victim said he retrieved his gun and warded off the suspect, who ran toward the CTA Green Line embankment. 

The victim came into the police station to report the incident at 1:44 p.m. and said he didn’t see the need to report it right away because the suspect was already gone, but he wanted to file the report in order to have the property management company fix the damaged window.

Theft at the Roos

A teen had his shoes stolen while he and his friends played basketball at the Roos Recreation Center, 7329 Roosevelt Road.

The victim and his friends went to the recreation center on Dec. 23 around 5 p.m., leaving their belongings in a locker. When they came back about two hours later, the victim discovered his belongings had been rummaged through and his Black Yeezy 350 shoes were missing. He said the shoes were valued at $450.

The victim asked Roos employees to look at the surveillance footage, but they said he needed to file a police report first. 

Shots fired

Police uncovered evidence of at least three shots fired behind the Elite Staffing offices, 1215 S. Harlem Ave., on Dec. 19 around 5:46 a.m. 

The Elite Staffing employee on duty called the police, saying she heard at least 3-4 shots but didn’t see anything. She said there were no issues with any employees that she knew of.

Forest Park and Berwyn police recovered three shell casings at the rear of the nearby office at 1225 S. Harlem Ave. While surveillance cameras face the alley in the rear, the officers hadn’t obtained the footage at the time of the report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Dec.19-25, 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