A family living at the 7600 block of Monroe Street woke up to discover a bullet hole in the wall.

The husband and wife, and their daughter, were at home when they heard what they thought was a power transformer blowing out on the night of Sept. 6 at around 10:30 p.m. It wasn’t until 7 a.m. the next morning that they noticed a bullet hole in the siding between their front windows, and another hole in the drywall further back.

Evidence showed that the bullet was fired from out in the street and stopped within the drywall. The family found what turned out to be bullet’s outer shell that had wood from the outer wall, police said.

The victims said that they didn’t have any issues with anyone on the block. While some of the neighbors had security cameras, the police officers said they were unable to obtain the footage at the time of the report.

Liquor store burglary

A Suburban Liquors store employee tried to chase down robbers who stole from his store — and got punched for his trouble.

 The employee, the store owner’s father, saw a man and a woman enter the store at 7:47 p.m Sept. 9. The woman ordered three bottles of tequila from behind the counter. The victim placed the bottles at the counter, out of the woman’s reach, as he waited for payment. 

The employee said that the woman then went behind the counter, grabbed the bottles and tried to leave with them. He was able to snatch one of the bottles back, but the man used this as an opportunity to snatch one bottle of tequila from behind the counter. The duo ran out and went into the car parked nearby.

The employee chased after them and opened the car’s passenger side door, where the man was seating. The man got out of the car and hit the victim on the side of the head, knocking him to the ground. The duo then drove off, heading east on Madison Street. The employee didn’t get its license plate number. 

While the store had a security camera, the store owner didn’t send the footage at the time of the report, police said.

Burglaries from motor vehicles

Forest Park saw two separate burglaries from parked cars — one on the morning of Sept. 2 and one overnight on Sept. 5.

The Sept. 2 burglary took place at the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue. That morning, the victim was in the process of moving out of her apartment when she left her backpack in her car, a silver 2016 Infiniti. About half an hour later, she received alerts about her debt card being used in a liquor store in Forest Park and a Walgreens location in Chicago.

The victim went back to her car and discovered that backpack was gone. Aside from her debit card, it had her drivers’ license, $300 in cash, a textbook, Airpods, and an Apple charger. 

The Sept. 5 burglary took place at the 400 block of Ferdinand Avenue. The victim believed that she locked her car, a grey 2015 Toyota Corolla, but a subsequent investigation revealed that the car was malfunctioning. When the victim went to her car that morning, she discovered that “numerous” bags of clothing were missing, and an Apple laptop of unknown make and model was stolen from the trunk. The laptop was estimated to be worth around $1,000 to $1,5000. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Sept. 1-9, 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