22 People Arrested in Retail Theft Sting

Orland Park police worked with local retail security, officers from neighboring towns and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to go after theft crews earlier in the month.

Local law enforcement working a retail theft sting in the Orland Park area arrested 22 people earlier in November, and recovered $18,270 worth of stolen items.

The Orland Park Police Department conducted what they described as a “retail theft initiative” on Nov. 8 and 9 with the help of officers from 12 different law enforcement agencies, retail store security and the Cook County State’s Attorney Regional Organized Crime Unit, according to a release from the police department.

Of the 22 people arrested, 12 were charged with felonies and 10 were charged with misdemeanors. One person was arrested in Tinley Park by the Tinley Park Police Department, according to the release.

Where exactly the arrests occurred, what was stolen and at what time during the two days was not specified.

The “covert operation,” as it was described, happens periodically to target organized theft groups, according to the release.

The following adults were charged:

  • Jasmine Dabbs, 19, of Orland Hills, was charged with theft.
  • Andrew Mendez, 23, of Chicago, was charged with theft.
  • Lane Patrick, 33, of Chicago, was charged with three counts of felony identity theft.
  • Tiffany McEwen, 23, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft.
  • Richard Ivnik, 26, of Lockport, was charged with an unspecified drug offense.
  • Adam Sonne, 23, of Tinley Park, was charged with retail theft (arrested by Tinley Park Police).
  • Omosunuaola Femidada, 20, of Country Club Hills, was charged with forgery and driving with a suspended license.
  • Monique Carter, 22, of Chicago, was charged with theft.
  • Eona Adams, 23, of Chicago, was charged with theft.
  • Jacqueline Vaughn, 19, of St. Anne, was charged with theft.
  • Ebonee Johnson, 27, of Chicago, was charged with theft.
  • Tasia Ford, 23, of Chicago, was charged with theft and obstruction.
  • Debra Horner, 57, of Orland Park, was charged with theft.
  • Fantasha Evans, 27, of Chicago, was charged with theft, as well as fleeing and eluding.
  • Ebony McClain, 26, of Chicago, was charged with theft.
  • Leannett Scott, 37, of Sauk Village, was charged with theft.
  • Ingrid Shoat, 45, of Park Forest, was charged with theft.

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Stephen C. Lingle November 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I hope they punish this gang to the full extent of the law. Often we look at retail theft as no big deal, but the rest of us pay more to cover the loss.
Arthur Huff November 23, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Unfortunately Stephen they won't be punished to the full extent of the law. In the last few years retail thieves have been getting more and more sophisticated but the courts still handle these cases as though they are isolated incidents committed by teenagers. Clearly there is some organization among these thieves and they know the punishment won't be all that severe. It's nice to see when they get caught but also remember that for every one of these criminals that gets caught there are probably a dozen more who got away with it. Look at all those names from Chicago. That isn't a coincidence. These people know they can come out here and steal from our stores and probably get away with it most of the time. And if they get caught they are probably out on bail within a few hours and back at it again.


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