A thief took a young girl’s bike late at night on Nov. 18, as the victim and her mother watched him carry it away, Forest Park police said.

The victim and her family live in a house south of the intersection of Madison Street and Elgin Avenue. The victim’s father said that he was home when his wife and daughter returned at around 10:44 p.m. As the two were walking through the alley behind their home, the victim’s mother saw a man in all black walk out of the rear of the building, carrying the victim’s bike. The victim and her mom saw the thief attach the bike to a larger, black bike and ride north. He was last seen fleeing east on Madison Street.

The victim’s father said that the bike was left in their backyard, and the fence was closed. He wasn’t sure about the bike’s make and model, but it was pink-colored. The father believed it was worth $200.

A search of the neighborhood didn’t turn up the bike.

Retail theft

A 64-year-old Chicago man wearing a construction worker’s outfit was caught trying to shoplift almost $100 worth of cleaning supplies from the Forest Park Walmart, according to authorities.

The security camera showed the man walking through the store Nov. 18 at 9:58 a.m. He was recorded picking up bottles of cleaner and microfiber towels and walking through the checkout without paying. The store called the police, and the officers stopped him as he was walking through the parking lot with the items.

The man was charged with one count of retail theft and released pending trial.

Burglary from vehicle

A man had his bag stolen from his girlfriend’s car sometime in the afternoon on Nov. 18. 

The silver 2018 Ford SUV was parked at the 1000 block of Harlem Avenue, police said. The victim left the car at around 2 p.m. When he came back at around 11 p.m., he saw that the passenger’s side window was smashed and the bag that he left inside was missing. The bag contained the victim’s wallet and phone, along with clothes, Apple watch and headphones. 

The victim reported the theft the following morning. He said that his phone was pinging at the North Riverside Mall, and that he was going to try to retrieve the phone. The police officers responding advised him to contact the North Riverside police instead.

Stolen flowers

A man sent his girlfriend a dozen roses – only to have them stolen from the lobby before she arrived.

The victim ordered the bouquet from Oak Park’s Westgate Flower and Plant Shop, police reports showed. They were scheduled to arrive at his girlfriend’s building lobby Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. But when she came home at around 4:30 p.m., the flowers weren’t there. She checked again an hour later, and the flowers were gone.

The victim contacted Westgate, which confirmed that the flowers were delivered. 

The girlfriend said that she suspects a neighbor, with whom she had “several altercations,” of stealing the flowers. There were no security cameras in the lobby.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 14-19, 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