By Nona Tepper
Man overdoses, crashes car into house
A man crashed his car into a home at 830 Lathrop about 10:13 a.m. on Aug. 21. Police arrived at the home and found the Nissan still running and rammed into the corner of the house, with the driver slumped in his seat, unconscious. The left wheel of the Nissan was still spinning. Police saw vomit on the driver's door, inside the car and on the man's pants.
Police shook the man awake. Officers asked him multiple times to turn the car off, put it in park and relinquish the keys. The man turned the car off, although he left his keys in the ignition. Officers took the keys, ensuring he couldn't leave, and the man got out of the car. "What house?" he mumbled. In the front seat, police found a rolled up dollar bill and white powder residue, suspected of being heroin.
Officers then searched the man and found three bags all containing suspected heroin in his front pocket.
Paramedics transported him to Loyola Hospital. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Armed robbery at MetroPCS
A man with a gun entered MetroPCS, 7225 Roosevelt Road, about 6:36 p.m. on Aug. 20, demanding all the cash from the register.
The employee complied, opening the register and handing him the entire drawer. "No, just give me the money," the man said. She then took all the money out of the drawer, and the man stuffed the cash in his pockets. He ordered the woman to lie on the floor, and fled the store.
Police recover stolen car
Forest Park police recovered a stolen Buick from Chicago about 3:33 p.m. on Aug. 24. As it merged eastbound onto I-290, officers checked their database and found the car was stolen. They followed the car as it exited onto Austin Boulevard. The Buick turned north onto Harrison Street and stopped at a red light. Officers boxed the car in and charged the three passengers with criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Man demands car, driver
A woman walked to her Volvo, parked in an enclosed garage on the 500 block of Marengo, about 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 26.
She opened the garage and got in her car. A man then opened the driver's side door and grabbed her arm, saying "I'm gonna need this" and "Where's the key? Give me the key."
The woman gave him the key, but the man then demanded her iPhone and said, "And I'm gonna need you too." He pushed her toward the passenger seat. She grabbed her purse, exited the car and ran home.
Officers contacted Volvo and found the car parked in an empty lot in Chicago.
The car was towed back to the police department.
Three cars broken into
Between 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 7:12 a.m. on Aug. 20, someone stole a wallet from a Toyota parked on the 100 block of Elgin. The wallet contained her driver's license, two debit cards, two credit cards and some personal information. The victim said her door was unlocked.
Sometime between 6 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 21, someone stole a computer valued at $900 from a Chevrolet parked on the 7200 block of Fillmore. The victim said the doors were unlocked.
Between 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, someone broke into a Nissan parked on the 400 block of Circle. The burglar stole two custom bowling balls, two pairs of bowling shoes and one bowling ball bag, together totaling $300. The victim said her car door was unlocked.
Arrested for indecency at Harlem station
A man was arrested for public indecency at the Harlem Blue Line stop on Aug. 21. A CTA employee told police she was talking to a customer when she started hearing "strange noises and moaning" near the ticket booth. When she went to investigate the noise, she saw a man fondling himself. She called police and the man fled the station. He was arrested the next night for soliciting. The man has been arrested for public indecency twice before.
Woman uses false identity to buy car
A woman fraudulently purchased a car from Hawk Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership, 7911 Roosevelt Road, on Aug. 11. She told employees she had already completed an online application to buy a Dodge Charger and showed them a Georgia state ID with her photo and Social Security number. A background check revealed no issues, and the woman bought the car for $52,000.
On Aug. 15, Hawk Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership received a call from her insurance company about her fraudulent payment for the car. Employees contacted the sheriff's office in Georgia and reported her for identity theft. The Dodge has been entered as stolen.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 20-26, 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