A man allegedly slashed the tires of the car belonging to a woman he had a child with after the two got into an argument.

The victim and her ex were at a mutual friends’ house on Desplaines Avenue on the night of June 13. The man reportedly got belligerent – something that, the victim believed, was due to all the alcohol he’s been drinking through the night – and, at around 11 p.m., he was asked to leave the building. The man subsequently texted the victim, saying that he would slash her car’s tires, but the victim dismissed it as drunken ramblings.

 When she went to her car, a grey 2007 Mercury Sedan, the following morning at around 9 a.m., the victim saw that all four tires were slashed and deflated. 

The victim said she would be willing to sign a complaint against her ex.


A burglar tried to break into a house on the 600 block of Elgin Avenue, on the evening of June 13, but a neighbor scared him off before he could get in.

At around 9:32 p.m., the neighbor heard a banging sound and glass breaking coming from the house next door. Through the window, he saw a burglar in dark clothing and a ski mask breaking into the back door of the victim’s house. The neighbor banged on the window, and the burglar ran, heading west along the gangway and onto Elgin Avenue. 

The victim was inside the house, and he said that his son alerted him to an attempted break-in. The victim ran toward the door, but, by that point, the burglar was gone.

A search of the area failed to turn up the burglar. 

Vehicle burglary

A burglar went into the garage of a building on Adams Street overnight on June 10 to 11, but the burglar ended up not taking anything.

The victim said that, when he went into the garage on the morning of June 11 at around 7:30 a.m. he saw that the car was ransacked and items from the center console and the glove compartment were tossed all across the front seats. The neighbor’s vehicle, which was also parked in the garage, was similarly ransacked. The victim said that, as far as he could tell, the burglar didn’t take anything from his car.

The victim said his garage was unlocked. A police search showed no sign of forced entry to either the garage or the cars.

Bicycle Theft

Another bicycle was stolen from the garage of a multi-unit Elgin Avenue building overnight from June 10 to 11 – and while there’s no concrete proof that it was connected, it followed a similar pattern as a string of bicycle thefts from June 5 to 8. 

As with the earlier thefts, the thief went into the garage and only took the bicycle while leaving everything else in place. This time, the bicycle was a blue All-City bicycle with purple handlebars and a “white lucky cat cage” at the bottom. The victim said that the garage door was closed, but he wasn’t sure if it was completely shut.

The victim didn’t want to press charges – he only wanted the bicycle back.

Theft on a bicycle

A bicyclist thief stole multiple indoor alarm batteries from the Illinois Alarm Service company, 7340 15th St., on two separate occasions.

The company keeps “numerous” 12-amp and 18-amp batteries outside. The owners said that, on two occasions – most recently, on June 11 at around 11 a.m. – the thief rode up to the property on a grey bike of unknown make and model, with a child’s trailer attached. The thief took the batteries, loaded them into the trailer and cycled away. 

The second incident was captured on a security camera. The thief didn’t wear a mask. The police had not found him at the time of the report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, June 11-14, 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