A 9 mm gun and other items were stolen from an apartment on the 100 block of Marengo Avenue on Aug. 13 between 6:30 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. The resident returned home to find his apartment door locked but pry marks around the frame. He reported that most of his apartment was ransacked.
Missing were a 9 mm Kel-Tec firearm, a magazine containing seven rounds of 9 mm ammunition, some jewelry and watches, and several towels from the hall closet. No other apartment doors in the building appeared compromised.
Car stolen overnight
A vehicle was stolen from the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue sometime after 10 p.m. on Aug. 9. The owner reported the car missing from her parking spot the next morning at 4:42 a.m. She stated she did not leave the keys in her vehicle and nobody else has keys to the car.
Thornton's window smashed
A window of Thornton's gas station was shattered on Aug. 10 at 9:14 p.m. The reporting officer observed a south side entrance door shattered and an aluminum baseball bat on the ground next to it. A witness said he saw three men enter a vehicle in the Harlem/Elgin alley but stated that it was too dark to identify the clothing of the subjects.
All employees working at the time of the incident said they were near the register when they heard a loud smash. All they saw of the suspects was that they were wearing dark hoodies. It did not appear that anything had been taken.
Subject, being released to mom, swears at cops
Police were called when three male subjects were seen pulling car handles and setting off alarms at Hawk Chrysler, 7911 Roosevelt Rd., on Aug. 11 at 2:21 a.m. Officers arrived and saw one man crouching behind a vehicle. When instructed to come out, the suspect began running.
The reporting officer pursued the suspect on foot, then saw two more suspects also running through the parking lot. All three subjects hopped over the Forest Home Cemetery fends and ran into the cemetery.
One of the subjects, seen on Desplaines Avenue, was stopped and told he would be tazed if he didn't stop running. He complied and was handcuffed. Officers observed cuts on both the subject's hands and called for medical assistance at the station. Medics arrived to bandage the subject's hands in the detention cell. The suspect, 17 years old, did not want to go to the hospital; instead, he asked that his mother be called.
While waiting for his mom, he was verbally abusive to the police officer, telling the officer, "Next time I'm gonna have my Glock 9 for you." As he was released into his mother's custody, he swore at the officer and called him a "cracker."
Woman refuses to pick up cup; issued extra ticket for littering
A woman on the 7400 block of Randolph Street was issued local ordinance citations for open alcohol and obstructing a police officer on Aug. 14 at 12:50 a.m. and was then issued a third ticket for littering after she refused to pick up the cup she'd dropped.
The reporting officer said she was standing next to a car holding a plastic cup with brown liquid and a straw in it. When the officer approached, she dropped the cup to the ground.
The officer asked for her ID, but she said she didn't have one and argued that her cup was filled with water, not alcohol. "Water is not a brown liquid substance," the officer reported.
The woman refused to tell the officer her name. She finally showed a credit card to the officer to prove her identity but snatched it quickly away when he attempted to view it.
Eventually she gave her name, and the officer verified her identify. He told her she was getting two tickets, one for an open container and one for obstructing police by not revealing her name. She was told that if she picked up the cup she'd dropped, an additional citation for littering wouldn't be written, and there was a garbage can less than 10 feet away.
But the woman refused to pick up the cup and requested an additional ticket instead. She was issued local ordinance citations for open alcohol, obstructing a police officer, and littering.
Man plays loud music for woman twerking in street
A man near Circle Avenue and Madison Street was playing very loud music from a parked vehicle with its driver side front and rear doors open on Aug. 15 at 2:30 a.m. As the reporting officer got closer, an unknown woman ran into the middle of the street and began "dancing and twerking." The officer ordered the woman out of the street and directed the man in the car to turn down his music.
But the man in the car "continued to bang his head along with the music" and disregarded the officer's command. The officer approached the man in the vehicle, who finally turned down the music and asked what was wrong. The officer told him his music was too loud, and the man said he couldn't hear the officer asking him to turn it down the first time because, of course, the music had been too loud. He also said he "had to continue playing the music because [the woman] was 'shaking it' for him." The officer reported that the man seemed very intoxicated.
A friend drove him away.
However, about 20 minutes later, the officer observed the same man publicly urinating near his car. In total, he was given three local ordinance citations that night: excessive noise, public urination and public intoxication.
Man 'signals with middle fingers'
A man exited a bar on the 7600 block of Madison Street holding a clear plastic cup of an off-colored liquid, suspected to be alcohol. An officer stopped him, and the man requested a warning. "I apologize; I know you're just doing your job," he said. He appeared intoxicated and smelled like liquor.
The officer issued him a local ordinance for open alcohol, the beverage was disposed of, and the man was released from the scene.
Shortly after, however, the man approached the officer. He became belligerent and yelled swear words and inappropriate phrases while "signaling with his middle fingers." He then returned to the bar.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 9-16, 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 Maria Maxham
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