A man allegedly ran off with a pair of purses that belonged to a woman after the two had an argument about items they bought for each other the night before.

The victim said she came to Forest Park from Nashville to visit friends. On Aug. 12, she and her friends met up with a man. On the morning of Aug. 13, the two got into an argument “regarding items they purchased for each other.” The victim said the man insisted she pay her back. When the victim refused, the man allegedly took a white purse and a brown purse that belonged to her. She said the man left on foot, got into an Uber and drove off.

The purses had the victim’s keys, including car keys, cash and “other miscellaneous items,” according to police reports. She said she didn’t want to press charges — she simply wanted the purses back.

A preference for white cars

Forest Park saw two vehicle thefts and one attempted theft last week — and all three cars happened to be painted white. 

 The first incident happened on the 1300 block of Elgin Avenue. The owner parked his car, a white 2013 Hyundai Sonata, at a parking space in the alley behind his residence on the evening of Aug. 17. On the morning of Aug. 18 around 10 a.m., the victim came back to spot the broken glass on the ground. The white 2016 Kia Sorrento parked nearby had its passenger side window broken, and its steering column peeled. None of the valuables were stolen. Subsequent investigation revealed that North Riverside ran the Hyundai’s license plate earlier that night, at 3:17 a.m. 

A white 2018 Infinity sedan was stolen overnight from the parking stall in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue. The victim parked the vehicle on Aug. 19 around 2 a.m. When he came back at 10:20 a.m., he saw that the car was missing and there were fragments of tinted glass on the ground. 


A woman allegedly shoplifted items from the Walgreens store at 7200 Roosevelt Road, then threatened the store manager who tried to confront her.

According to the manager, the alleged shoplifter came into the store on Aug. 19 around 6:15 p.m. and started shoving batteries and “a couple of drinks” into her purse. A few minutes later, she left without paying. The manager said she saw her walk to a car parked outside the store and got in on the passenger side. 

When the manager confronted her, she reportedly said she would hurt the manager. The car then drove off, heading south on Elgin Avenue. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, August 13-20, 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