Lost gun recovered after hit-and-run

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By Nona Tepper

Lost gun recovered after hit-and-run

Police arrived at 11:04 p.m. on the 1100 block of Hannah, Aug. 13, responding to a call about a hit-and-run accident. When they arrived, they learned that after his Infiniti struck another car, the driver jumped out and fled through the alley between Circle and Hannah. When they searched the Infiniti, police found cannabis, a bottle of cognac and an open handgun box with no gun inside.

A motorist on the 7200 block of North Roosevelt then flagged down police, saying he saw a man running in the alley between the 1100 blocks of Marengo and Elgin. Officers searched the alley and found Michael Sims, of Westchester, hiding behind garbage cans.

Sims ran west through a yard on the 1100 block of Marengo and eventually tried to enter a garage. Police told him to stop and show them his hands, but he ignored them and opened the door to the garage. Officers asked Sims again and he complied. They searched him and found $740 cash, two phones but no gun.

Sims told police he threw the handgun in some bushes. After searching the area, police found the gun. Sims received a felony charge for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of cannabis, failure to reduce speed, driving on the sidewalk, and failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle. 

Officers find heroin and two kids in car

Police arrived at 7:12 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Thornton's Gas Station and found a man and woman digging through a parked car. The officer got out of his car, walked toward them and saw the man stuff a rolled up bag into his pocket.

While talking to police, the couple started shaking. Then the officer noticed a 6-year-old and 2-year-old girl sitting in the back of the car.

The man admitted to carrying heroin, a hypodermic needle and cooker in his pocket.

The woman told police she had just been picked up from Gateway Addiction Center in Chicago, and said she had no idea the man had heroin on him. "You said you were just buying weed," she yelled at the man.

Police reached out to the children's biological father to inform him of the incident, and told the woman to expect a call from the Department of Children and Family Services. Since she had no contraband on her, she was released with her daughters.

The man told police he met the woman through Narcotics Anonymous, and that afternoon she asked him to drive her to Chicago to buy some weed. Instead he bought $100 worth of heroin.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Car stolen from 7-11

A man's Buick was stolen from 7-11 at 4:52 a.m. on Aug. 19. The victim said he left his car running while he went inside 205 Harlem to make a quick purchase.

BB-gun shot

Between 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, someone shot two double-paned windows in the 100 block of Harlem. According to the police report, it looked as though the windows were shot with a BB or pellet gun. 

Burglars lift license plate

Sometime between 2:30 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 13, someone stole a license plate from a Hyundai parked on the 1000 block of Desplaines.

Two cars scratched

  • Between 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 14, someone scratched a Nissan parked on the 7300 block of Circle, the scratch running the length of the car.
  • Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, someone keyed a Ford Fusion parked on the 7400 block of Madison.

Juveniles try to break into Altenheim

Police found cannabis on two juveniles trying to break into the Altenheim property at 4:37 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Officers received calls of drinking and a disturbance at 7824 Madison St. When they arrived, they found two 16-year-olds trying to enter the abandoned building through a wood panel. Officers searched the boys and found suspected cannabis on them. They were cited for trespassing, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 13-19, 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 Nona Tepper

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