Police Blotter: Walmart Retail Thefts and Cops Spot Loaded 9mm Pistol

Evergreen Park Police reports: Jan. 22-26


Drunken Driving in the Village

Around 3 a.m., police saw a car swerve around 95th Street and Western Avenue. According to reports, police arrested Dejaune T. Jones, 36, of Chicago, and charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports said that when police stopped him, he failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol content of .237. Jones was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, alcohol concentration over .08, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage and failure to signal when required.


Woman Seen Taking Merchandise From Walmart

According to reports, police arrested Tammie Lucas, 40, of Chicago, and charged her with felony retail theft. Police said at about 2:44 p.m., Lucas took six items valued at $44 from Walamrt, 2500 W. 95th St. Store security saw Lucas in the ladies section removing items from the display rack, tearing off price tags and putting the merchandise in her pockets. She left the store without paying, police said, and was charged with a felony because of a previous history of retail theft.


Walmart Security Catches Woman Taking Cosmetics Items

Reports said a woman was seen taking several cosmetics items from Walmart, 2500 W. 95th St. According to police, Debora Collins, 51, of Chicago, was arrested and charged with retail theft. Police said that around 3:06 p.m., Collins gathered 11 items, valued at $53.32, and left the store without attempting to make payment. According to reports, store security caught her upon leaving.


Woman Tries to Exchange Stolen Merchandise for a Full Refund

Police arrested Latoya Gaines, 32, of Chicago and charged her with retail theft. According to reports, at about 3:53 p.m., Gaines tried to exchange merchandise that she had taken off of the shelf for a refund. Police said the merchandise was valued at $79.93.


Man Spotted Defacing Property

According to police reports, at about 2:15 p.m., officers observed Anthony Jones, 41, of Chicago, writing on the door of a gas station car wash in the 2600 block of West 95th Street. When he walked into the Blockbuster next door, police followed him and heard him yelling from outside, according to reports. Police arrested him and found a pipe. According to reports, Jones was charged with criminal defacement, disorderly conduct and drug paraphernalia.


Cops Find Loaded 9 mm Pistol

Police arrested a Florida resident when they stopped him on a traffic offense and found that he had a loaded 9 mm pistol, according to reports. Evergreen Park Police stopped Kevin T. Lillybridge, 52, of Orlando in the 8700 block of Rockwell Avenue around 9:21 p.m. when they saw that he had no rear license plate light, police said. According to reports, police discovered that he had a suspended license. Police impounded the car because it was in the middle of the street. Police said officers found a 9mm pistol with 15 rounds in the magazine in a backpack on the front passenger seat of the car. According to reports, police charged Lillybridge with no rear registration plate, driving on a suspended driver’s license, no insurance, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.


Woman Lifts DVDs from Walmart

According to police, Heidi A. Long, 36, of Chicago was charged with retail theft. Reports said at about 2:22 p.m., she was seen taking two DVDs from Walmart valued at $98.92. Store security caught Long upon exiting, police said.


Man Hides 2 Bottles of Cognac in Pant Legs

Police arrested Steven Ellison, 56, of Chicago and charged him with felony retail theft. According to reports, he took two bottles of Hennessy Cognac valued at $52.96 from Sam’s Club, 9400 S. Western Ave.

Police said at about 4:30 p.m., store security observed him stealing from Sam’s Club several times in January, “but finally caught him.”

“When he came into the store, (security) recognized him as someone who they tried to get before,” police said. Ellison put the two bottles in a shopping cart, went to another aisle, then put each bottle in a pant leg, according to reports. Because of his previous history, he was charged with a felony.

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