Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—Editor’s Note: We continue police blotter reports. Besides covering the many stories from around Park Forest that otherwise might go unnoticed, we want to bring more complete coverage of police reports than is reported by other local media.
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Police are investigating an incident of fraud involving counterfeit money. According to a report, a woman paid for services July 3 at CQ’s Nails, 106 S. Orchard Dr., using a $100 bill. After the woman left, the business manager noticed that the bill did not have the holographic security features a legitimate bill should have. Police also noticed the bill lacked raised printing, a watermark and a security strip, all features legitimate currency should have.
A resident reported that someone broke a plate glass window on a detached garage sometime between July 1 and July 4 in the 80 block of Water Street. After responding to the call, police reported that it did not appear as though anyone entered the garage and the resident reported that nothing appeared to have been stolen.
Police responded to a call from a business owner about a man allegedly being overly aggressive in trying to sell credit card machines without a permit. The incident occurred July 6 in the 200 block of Forest Boulevard. According to a police report, the suspect provided a local business owner with his business card and was advised that he could not solicit without a permit from the village. Following a brief confrontation, the suspect left the business. Police were able to contact the suspect, who was identified as William McCann, 54, of 33 W. 35th Place, Steger, police said. Police charged him with disorderly conduct and soliciting without a permit.
A charm bracelet, two credit cards and a state identification card were stolen from a car between July 6 and July 7 in the 100 block of Illinois Street.
Malcolm L Wiley, 25, 440 Natoma St., Park Forest, was charged with driving on expired registration and possession of cannabis following a traffic stop July 7 near the intersection of Richton Square Road and Sauk Trail, police said.
A resident reported to police that her home in the 200 block of Farragut Street appeared to have been broken into. After arriving home about 4 p.m. July 7, the resident noticed a side door and window were open. After police arrived, they noticed muddy shoe prints on the wall underneath an open window. Several items belonging to the resident were strewn about but nothing appeared to have been taken, according to a police report.
Victory A. Swanigan, 18, 17502 Winston Dr., Country Club Hills, was charged with aggravated assault following an incident July 7 in the 100 block of Hay St., police said. According to a report, police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, police found a woman holding a knife with an 8-inch blade. The woman dropped the knife at police request. She then allegedly told police that she threatened her boyfriend with the knife during an argument. The suspect was then taken into custody.
Police reported that a man took a bottle of vodka July 8 from CVS, 1 Main St., and left the store without paying. According to a report, the suspect came back to the store about 20 minutes later but left before police arrived. Store employees provided police with security footage.
A lawnmower, clothes washer, and dryer were stolen from a home in the 400 block of Winnebago Street sometime between July 5 and July 8. According to police, there were signs of forced entry to the home’s garage, where the lawnmower was taken. Police also reported that the home’s electrical fuse box was open, which possibly indicated that electricity was disrupted to disable the home’s alarm system.
Three televisions and a laptop computer were stolen from a residence July 12 in the 100 block of Wilson Street. The victim reported that a basement door appeared to have been forced open.