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Police Blotter: Man Accused after Pouring Sugar in Someone's Tank

Evergreen Park Police reports: June 27–28

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Retail Theft at Carson’s

charged Rayfield Drake, 19, of Chicago with retail theft. According to reports, at 5:35 p.m., he took two clothing items valued at $64.97 from Carson Pirie Scott, 9700 S. Western Ave. Police said he went into a dressing room, took the tags off, put the clothes in his backpack and attempted to leave the store. Store security found the tags in the dressing room, then stopped him on the way out, police said.

Sugar in the Tank

According to police, a woman asked her boyfriend to pour sugar in someone else’s gas tank. Police said Maurihia D. Brown, 18, of Evergreen Park, had apparently asked Joshua K. Napper, 18, of Evergreen Park to pour sugar in the gas tank of a 1999 Chrysler, which was located in the 2600 block of West 94th Place. At about 9:55 p.m. when Napper allegedly put the sugar in the tank, the victim, who knew Brown, saw her nearby, reports said. “Apparently she came back to the scene,” police said.

Police later arrested Napper, who actually poured the sugar in the tank of the car. According to reports, the total damage of the vehicle was in excess of $200. Brown and Napper were both charged with criminal damage to property.

Unworn Seatbelt Leads Cops to Drugs and Traffic Charges

An Oak Lawn resident had apparently been caught with cocaine, police said. According to reports, Kurt J. Dangel, 46, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police said he had .1 gram of cocaine. He was also charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, improper lane usage, failure to wear seat belt, no insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol. Officers on-patrol saw a white Mercury driving westbound on 87th Street in the 3300 block, police said. They noticed that Dangel, the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and criss-crossed lanes, police said. When police stopped Dangel at 97th Street and Kedzie Avenue, they could smell a strong odor of alcohol and noticed Dangel’s bloodshot, watery, glassy eyes. Police also saw an opened can of beer in the car, according to reports, and a white substance on the seat that turned out to be .1 gram of cocaine. Police said Dangel passed one field sobriety test, however registered a .106 blood-alcohol content level on the breathalyzer.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Drinking + Driving + Texting = Bad Combination

Police said after a woman had allegedly texted while driving, her car collided into a tree. According to reports, Bridgette Werner, 33, of Evergreen Park was charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage. Officers responded to a one-car accident at 96th Street and Trumbull Avenue at 9:34 p.m., police said. According to reports, Werner, the driver said that she was texting on her cell phone and drove off the roadway and struck a tree. “She had just left a nearby establishment and said she had five beers, then she alleged that she had some injuries that were not related to the accident,” police said, which would prevent her from doing a field sobriety test. The car did not have severe damage, reports said.

Cops Find Gun in Car on Traffic Stop

When police stopped a man for breaking the speed limit, they found a gun under his seat. At about 3:17 a.m. in the 9300 block of Harding Avenue, Nelson M. Montero, 27, of Chicago was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon. According to reports he had a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun. He has been convicted of a felony previously, police said. Evergreen Park Police also charged Montero with possession of a firearm without having a firearm owners identification card.

Police said four people were in the vehicle and were all taken to the police station for investigation, but Montero was the only one charged.

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