A stolen blue 2021 Volkswagen was recovered after a teen driving it took part in a rowdy funeral procession.
On Aug. 4 at 1:04 p.m., a funeral procession was making its way south on Desplaines Avenue, near the Harrison Street intersection. Police officers in the area flagged the Volkswagen as stolen in an aggravated vehicular hijacking.
As the officers tried to curb it, the driver raced off, heading west on Roosevelt Road and turning north on 1st Avenue, hitting a car as it tried to get away from the officer by driving into the southbound lane. The car went east on the Eisenhower Expressway before turning north on Harlem Avenue, then east on Jackson Boulevard, using Oak Park Avenue to reach Garfield Street and going east again, weaving its way through Chicago’s West Side before crashing at the intersection of Loomis Street and Washburne Avenue in East Garfield Park.
The driver and four passengers got out of the car and ran. Drug Enforcement Administration agents who happened to be in the area joined the chase. They were able to catch two of the teens. Each was charged with one count of motor vehicle theft and three counts of resisting arrest.
The teens were released into their parents’ custody.
Dunkin Donuts robbed
Two masked men held a Dunkin Donuts cashier at gunpoint, taking the contents of the cash register and fleeing. The robbery occurred on Aug. 4 at the 7660 Madison St. location. Around 6:30 p.m., two masked men entered the store and jumped over the counter. One man pointed a handgun at the victim’s head and demanded he open the cash register. The employee complied, and the second robber emptied the register, taking $100 to $200 in cash.
The first robber then demanded that the second register be opened. The employee said it was empty, and the two robbers fled the store, reportedly in a dark gray Honda sedan parked in the store’s parking lot, and drove west on Madison Street.
Stolen Apple watch
A burglary victim was able to track his stolen Apple watch to an apartment building in Oak Park — but the location wasn’t precise enough to narrow it down to a specific part of the building.
The man had left his car, a white 2000 Cadillac DeVille, parked in front of his sister’s house on Hannah Avenue. On July 30 around 6 a.m., the victim discovered that someone opened the car’s center console and stole his watch, state ID and several credit cards. Using his Find My iPhone application, he tracked his watch to an apartment building at the 600 block of Garfield Street. The victim tried to get into the lobby before contacting the police.
The watch moved throughout the building, but the location wasn’t precise enough to narrow it to a specific unit, and it was too far away for the victim to activate the tracking alarm.
The police officers gave up finding the watch. The victim didn’t wish to sign a complaint, which meant that the watch couldn’t be flagged as stolen. The officers advised him to contact “the appropriate jurisdiction” if he receives an updated location.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 30-Aug. 5, 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