By Nona Tepper
Men with gun steal BMW
Two men with a gun stole a BMW from Spotless Car Wash, 7802 Madison St., at about 2:26 p.m. on Feb. 11.
A woman told police she had just finished washing her car and moved to vacuum her car, when a man approached her asking for a lighter. She felt like something was wrong and walked to the driver's side of the car, when a man with a gun demanded the keys to her car. Zyell Lofton, 18, of Chicago, and Deoncio Dorsey, 18, of Chicago, then jumped in the car and fled the scene.
Police tracked the BMW to the intersection of Laramie and Adams in Chicago, and attempted to follow the car covertly. The driver's realized what was going on and began driving erratically, eventually crashing into multiple trees and careering into a light pole at the intersection of Laramie and West End.
Lofton and Dorsey fled the vehicle but were eventually apprehended by Chicago police officers. Police also searched the car and recovered two loaded handguns, one stolen from a location in Schaumburg.
The men were transported to the Forest Park police department and charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking. Lofton also complained of having a headache, police noticed a recent gunshot wound to his right hand, and was transported to Loyola University Medical Center.
Man steals wallet from Chevy
A woman said she saw someone enter her Chevrolet at about 10:29 p.m. on Feb. 12 on the 900 block of Marengo.
She said she was visiting her mother and parked her unlocked vehicle outside briefly, when she saw a man get in the driver's seat and sit inside. She used her key fob to remotely lock as many car doors as possible and sound the alarm. The man exited the vehicle, fleeing on foot south on Marengo.
The woman searched her car and found her wallet missing. The wallet contained several credit cards and her Illinois driver's license.
Fight at the Blue Line
Police responded to the Forest Park Blue Line, 711 Desplaines Ave., at about 11:34 p.m. on Feb. 12, on a call that seven teens were fighting on the platform.
When officers arrived, the CTA supervisor pointed out the three teens who had been fighting. Police attempted to talk to them, but the teens walked away. Officers grabbed the boys to prevent them from leaving, and the teens started to yell.
Police separated the teens, handcuffing one who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. Officers had to force him into the squad car. The other teen sat down on the curb and began sobbing, eventually complying with officers to get in the squad car. The third was released from the scene without charges.
The two teens were transported to the Forest Park police department. One was charged with disorderly conduct and transported to Oak Park Rush Hospital due to his "high level of intoxication," according to the report. The other was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a peace officer.
Burglary at the Blue Line
Police arrived at the Forest Park Blue Line station, 711 Despalines Ave., at about 1:57 a.m. on Feb. 14, on a call that two men with weapons had just threatened and robbed a commuter.
A man had gotten off the train and told CTA security that two men had just taken his iPhone, Visa card, and $50 cash while he was sleeping on the train. The men pulled out a knife and fled the train, throwing out the stolen items when they saw police. Officers detained Melvin Turner, 37, of Carol Stream, and, Michael Brown, 35, of Chicago. They found a box containing a burnt pipe and suspect narcotics on Turner.
Brown was charged with armed robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia. Turner was charged with armed robbery possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance.
Gutter stolen from St. John's
Sometime between 5 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 10 p.m. on Feb. 10, someone stole an approximately 40-foot copper gutter from St. John's Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. A few days earlier, someone had stolen a copper downspout from the church.
Car batteries lifted
Sometime between 12 a.m. on Feb. 9 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 11, someone stole car batteries from eight trucks at Sewer Tech Services, 1400 Hannah Ave. The batteries were valued at $150 each.
Sometime between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, someone stole $47 cash from a locker at Planet Fitness, 7530 Roosevelt Rd. The Hillside woman couldn't recall if she left her locker totally secured.
Sometime between 10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 18, someone stole a jewelry box, diamond earrings, gold watch, $240 cash and iPhone from an apartment on the 100 block of Elgin. In another apartment at the residence, a watch valued at $70 and $15 cash were stolen. Police believe the burglar entered through a broken window.