Police Blotter: DUIs and Walmart Retail Thefts

Evergreen Park Police reports: Feb. 17-23


Cops Charge 2 Women with Retail Theft

A security guard at Walmart, 2500 W. 95th St., said he saw two women taking and hiding cosmetic items from the cosmetics department at 7:30 p.m., police said. Officers arrested Shanice S. Sharp, 19 and Martica L. Thompson, 18, both of Chicago and charged them with retail theft. According to reports, Sharp took three items valued at $21.24 and Thompson lifted 13 items totaling $69.07.


Two Men Seen Taking Walmart Merchandise

Police arrested Reginald B. Clark, 19 and Vincent  C. Savage, 18, both of Chicago and charged them with retail theft. Police said Savage took two items valued at $39.92, while Clark took four items totaling $26.79.

According to reports, at 8:40 p.m., Walmart store security saw Clark  grab a CD and two Xbox games, then joined Clark in the infant aisle, where Clark selected five pairs of infant socks. Police said the two left store without paying, but were caught.

Speeding Man Arrested for Controlled Substance

According to reports, police charged Rajah C. Gardner, 26, of Chicago with felony possession of a controlled substance.

At about 1:40 a.m., police said a white Dodge was traveling westbound on 95th street breaking the 30 MPH limit. After stopping Gardner at 95th Street and Spaulding Avenue, the officer noticed a clear, knotted bag with a rock-like substance in it that later tested positive for crack cocaine, police said. Gardner was also charged with improper lane usage, driving on a suspended license and no insurance.


Cops Bust Man on DUI Charge

Henry J. Miller, 26, of Evergeen Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to reports, police responded to a call that a crash had just happened at 99th Street and Turner Avenue at about 1:36 a.m. Police said Miller, the driver, claimed that he lost control of his car on the ice and struck a parked car. The officer noticed that Miller had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and swayed as he stood in the street, police said. According to reports, Miller refused a Breathalyzer test. Police also charged Miller with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


Random Plates Check Leads Cops to DUI

When Evergreen Park cops ran a random license plate check at 95th Street and Western Avenue, they found that the driver was wanted after he failed to appear for a DUI in Lake County, IN, according to reports.  Police arrested James T. Richert, 56, of Chicago at 1:18 p.m. and found that he also smelled like alcohol and had slurred speech, according to police. Reports said Richert failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the station. Police charged Richert with driving under the influence of alcohol.


Man Takes Items from Walmart and Returns for More

According to reports, Ronald D. Smith, 40, of Chicago was charged with two counts of felony retail theft. According to reports, at 7:11 p.m., he took 12 items from Walmart, then came back and took 11 items at 10:33 p.m. Police said all of the items had a total value $471.60. Security didn’t catch him the first time, but the second time, “they managed to grab him and brought him back,” police said.

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