A 36-year-old man tracked a Chicago couple who he believed robbed his mother and got a gun pointed at him for his trouble, authorities said.
The victim said that on the morning of Aug. 22, his mother was robbed in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood at the intersection of Madison Street and Cicero Avenue. The victim tracked the phone that was stolen to the Forest Park Walmart at 1300 Desplaines Ave. He told police that he was able to identify the perpetrators, an 18-year-old Chicago man and an 18-year-old Chicago woman, because they took photos of themselves and the photos were backed up online.
The victim followed the duo onto a Pace bus that headed to the Forest Park CTA Blue Line terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave., and confronted them at the station. The couple denied having his phone. The victim claimed the woman pulled a gun out of her purse and threatened the victim. He then said the man then took the gun from her and pointed it at the victim.
The man handed the gun to a third person, a 26-year-old Bellwood man who, according to a witness at the scene, was with the couple. Police arrived at the scene, searched the Bellwood man’s backpack, and uncovered the gun. Neither the Bellwood man nor the Chicago couple had the stolen phone.
The terminal security footage wasn’t available at the time of the report.
The three were arrested, and each was charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon.
Burglary of towed car
A 35-year-old Romeoville man whose car was towed when he was arrested in July told police that his car was burglarized while at the tow yard.
The man was charged with speeding, driving under influence, and resisting arrest. At the time, his maroon 2018 Chrysler 300 was towed to Maywood. When he picked up his car Aug. 3, he discovered that $512 in cash, his drivers’ license, a phone, a Lenovo laptop and jewelry were missing. The victim originally assumed that Forest Park police had it as evidence and got a court order instructing them to return his belongings. But the police claim that they don’t have the items.
The police are treating the case as theft.
A 26-year-old truck driver returned from work to find his apartment burglarized.
The victim said that he returned to his apartment at the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue Aug. 24 at 8:39 p.m. after being out of town for a day. He said he immediately noticed that his front door was open, even though he was sure he had left it and the balcony door locked. A safe containing about $3,200 was missing, as was a silver necklace with a picture of his friend, and a Gucci-brand scarf.
Further investigation revealed damage to the balcony door and door frame. Police officers also found a handprint on the mirrored sliding closet door in the front room. The victim said the print did not belong to him.
Motor vehicle thefts
Three car thefts hit Forest Park last week.
A black 2020 Nissan Maxima was stolen overnight from Aug. 22 to 23 from the 7600 block of Roosevelt Road. Broken glass from the passenger side window was found on the scene.
A white 2019 Infinity was stolen overnight from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24. The victim parked her car at the parking lot at the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue. There was no broken glass on the ground, and the security footage from the nearby building wasn’t available at the time of the report
A blue Chevrolet Chevelle was stolen on the morning of Aug. 24 sometime between 2 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. It was parked next to the garage at the 1300 block of Marengo Avenue. The car was locked. There was no sign of shattered glass.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 21-24, 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