Car crashes in Forest Home Cemetery

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By Nona Tepper

Car crashes in Forest Home Cemetery

Police responded to an accident at Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Ave., about 2:07 p.m. on Feb. 20. Officers arrived at the parking lot and found a Chevrolet Colorado smashed into a fence and into the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier. A Chicago man stood behind the Chevrolet Colorado and was swaying.

Police asked him what happened. The man replied, "I don't know." Officers asked if he was drinking while paying respects to his brother. The man said he had "one beer."

He was transported to the Forest Park police station, where he began yelling "PCP is a [explicit]." He submitted to a breath test and blew a blood alcohol content of zero. He refused a blood and urine test.

The man told police he went to Forest Home to visit the grave of his younger brother, whom he lost to gang violence. Prior to arriving, he said he smoked PCP. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and reckless driving.

Theft leads to high-speed chase

Two men stole hundreds of dollars worth of electronics from Walmart about 9:27 p.m. on Feb. 22. An employee told police a man put a speaker valued at $199 and a computer valued at $539 in a cart and walked out of the store without showing anyone his receipt. Another man walked out immediately after him. The two got in a Chevrolet Impala and fled 1300 Desplaines Ave., driving north on Harlem Avenue.

Officers caught up and attempted to curb the car, but the driver wouldn't slow. He entered I-290 and began weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed.

Officers chose not to chase the car out of safety concerns. They retrieved security footage of the incident from Walmart. 

Public indecency on the Blue Line

Police responded to the Forest Park Blue Line station about 9:52 p.m. on Feb. 21, responding to a call that a man had been masturbating on the train.

At the station, officers approached a Chicago man who matched the complaint's description, and asked him what happened. "I did it on the train," he replied. The victim identified him as the man masturbating.

He was charged with public indecency.

Assault at Dunkin' Donuts

A man threatened a Dunkin' Donuts employee at about 2:41 a.m. on Feb. 19. Police arrived at 7200 Circle Ave. and found officers from Oak Park and River Forest restraining a Bolingbrook man.

A witness told police he was inside Dunkin' Donuts when the Bolingbrook man began shouting obscenities at the clerk. The employee told him to stop yelling, and the man replied, "I'm gonna make you a casualty."

When police asked the man for identification, he threw a donut he was eating on the ground. He was charged with littering, assault and disorderly conduct.

Early morning attempted break-in

Police spotted a Chrysler 300 parked in the Parky's Hot Dogs lot about 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 21. Officers asked the Bellwood man who was driving and his female passenger what they were doing since the business was closed. The two replied they were trying to visit a friend, but the person was not home, so they were leaving.

Later that morning, the officer observed the Chrysler back in the lot. Police drove by the location and saw the man on the roof of a home, attempting to open a window. The officer ordered the man off the roof and placed him in handcuffs.

The woman told police that their friend lives at the home and sometimes lets the Bellwood man stay there. She said both their phones were broken, so they couldn't call the friend and ask to let him in.

Officers contacted the building owner, who said the man had no right to be on the property. They got in touch with the friend renting the space, who likewise said he had no idea why the Bellwood man would be on his roof so early in the morning.

The man was charged with criminal trespass to real property.  

Police recover stolen sedan

Officers recovered a stolen sedan from 7-Eleven, 7749 Roosevelt Road, about 5:59 p.m. on Feb. 23. A 7-Eleven employee told police he initially saw the car parked at the first pump around 4:30 p.m. About 90 minutes later, he noticed the sedan was still there. Assuming it was abandoned, he called police, who found the vehicle had been stolen from Naperville.

Phone stolen

Someone stole an iPhone at Thornton's Gas Station about 7:47 p.m. on Feb. 22. The victim told police he was buying lottery tickets at 601 Harlem Ave. and placed his iPhone 7 on the counter of the store. He said he did not observe who took his phone, which was valued at $600.

Credit cards stolen

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 19, someone stole two credit cards from a Volvo parked on the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue. The burglar left an unworn pair of men's Nike shoes in the front seat of the vehicle.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 17-23, 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.

Nona Tepper

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