By Maria Maxham
A dog named Sweetie was stolen from a man in a wheelchair while he slept on the CTA Blue Line train on Nov. 26 at 4:45 a.m. Sweetie, a fawn-colored, 12-year-old pug, was leashed to the wheelchair, but the leash was cut and the dog taken. Sweetie was wearing a red sweater with white reindeer on it
Gillette Razor Blades and Crest Whitening Strips
Two men stole $1,284 in Gillette Razor Blades and Crest Whitening Strips from Walgreens on Nov. 26 at 12:20 p.m. After the theft, the criminals went into nearby Wing Stop and asked for empty bags, which they took outside and began to fill with inventory from their pockets. It was observed by a witness that one of the men had a hammer in his pocket. When the police arrived, they found a hammer and screwdriver in the jacket pocket of one of the two men. The Wing Stop bags were filled with the packaged razor blades and dental care items with Walgreens stickers on them. When the officers reviewed Walgreen's security footage, they witnessed one of the perpetrators prying open displays at the store and putting items into his jacket and shirt. Felony charges were approved against both men.
82 MPH on Roosevelt Road
An older model blue Pontiac minivan, reported as stolen from Chicago, led Forest Park police on a wild chase on Nov. 27 around 12:22 a.m. Initially, the reporting officer activated his emergency lights and curbed the vehicle at 1200 Desplaines Ave. But when he exited his patrol car, the suspect sped away quickly, performed a U-turn and traveled eastbound on Roosevelt Road, running a red light in the process. The officer realized the vehicle met the description of one used in a burglary at Walmart the previous day, and that there were two male subjects in it, the same as reported in the previous day's burglary. The minivan reached 82 MPH and drove in the westbound lane on Roosevelt Road while traveling east. It continued northbound onto Harlem, then turned onto I-290 heading toward the lake. Officers terminated the pursuit at Austin Avenue.
Motor vehicle thefts
At least five incidences of motor vehicle thefts were reported this week:
A 2016 white 4-door Chevrolet sedan, from the parking lot of an apartment building on the 7300 block of Circle Avenue on Nov. 26 around 4:04 p.m.
A Big Tex flatbed trailer with a wooden bed used to transport cars, from a parking lot on Roosevelt Road between Nov. 26 at midnight and Nov. 29 at 9 p.m.
A 2002 turquoise Dodge Caravan, from the parking lot of the victim's residence on the 7200 block of Dixon Street between Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 29 at 4 a.m.
A 2017 dark blue 4-door Toyota Corolla, from a residence on the 7400 block of Washington Street, on Nov. 27 around 2:20 p.m. The vehicle was left running and unattended with the keys in the ignition.
A 2008 red Chrysler Sebring convertible, from in front of a residence on the 7400 block of Washington Street, on Nov. 27 around 9:55 p.m. The owner of the vehicle was delivering a pizza to that address. He left his vehicle running and unattended with the keys inside to bring food to the first floor of an apartment building.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 24-30, 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.
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