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Blotter: Jewelry, Electronics Worth Thousands Taken From Home

Tinley Park Police reports, Oct. 22-Nov. 3 • Chicago man charged with pot possession • Phony $50 bill used at Menard's • Cleaning supplies taken from car wash.

MONDAY, OCT. 22

Chicago Man Charged With Pot Possession

Bryant Larkin, 24, of the 9700 block of South Yates Boulevard in Chicago, was charged with possession of marijuana after police found pot in his car while he was waiting to pick up merchandise at American Sale, 8401 185th St., according to a police report.

Initially, an officer was called to the home recreation store at 5:55 p.m. to investigate possible credit card fraud, the report stated. The store manager directed police to Larkin, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a red Nissan Rogue, which was parked by the store's loading bay, the report continued. The manager told police he suspected Larkin was trying to pick up merchandise that wasn't his.

Larkin told the responding officer that he was picking up the items for a friend, information that checked out with the store's manager, the report stated. However, the manager said the merchandise wouldn't fit in Larkin's car and that Larkin needed to come back with a larger vehicle, the report continued.

During this time, Larkin's car window was open, and the officer reported smelling a marijuana odor coming from inside the vehicle. The officer then saw a plastic bag in the car's center console, which contained a green leafy substance that was later field tested as pot, the report stated. Larkin said the substance wasn't his and must have been his friend’s, who was in the car earlier that day, the report continued.

The officer arrested Larkin, and a search turned up four white pills in a small, plastic bag in his right shoe, the report stated. Larkin said the pills were Niacin, which he used for flushing his system so he could take a drug test, the report continued.

Larkin was released on a Will County Bond of $120.

FRIDAY, OCT. 26

Jewelry, Electronics Worth Thousands Stolen

Jewelry and electronics worth thousands of dollars were stolen from a house in the 16400 block of Olcott Avenue, according to a police report.

The couple living at the house realized their home had been burglarized after returning from work at around 3:15 p.m., when the husband went to get a pack of cigarettes off a kitchen counter, and it was missing, the report stated. When they went to investigate upstairs, the couple found their bedroom furniture had been tampered with and their safe was missing, the report continued.

The items reported missing included:

  • a 19-inch LCD TV, worth $300
  • a $500 engagement ring and a $500 wedding ring
  • $500 gold earrings
  • $2,000 in cash
  • a $300 “cameo” ring
  • three Swarovski Crystal figurines, worth $100 each
  • two jars of loose change
  • a Sony digital camera, worth about $100

A canvas of the neighborhood did not turn up any evidence or witnesses.

FRIDAY, NOV. 2

Phony $50 Bill Passed at Menard's

An unknown individual used a counterfeit $50 bill at Menards, 6851 W. 159th St., that was able to slip by the store's safeguards, according to a police report. The bill had passed the counterfeit pen test at the register Oct. 21, but the store manager tested the bill later using an ultra-violet light to try to detect an ID strip in the currency, the report stated. This revealed the bill to be a phony, and the manager contacted police Nov. 2, the report continued.

The U.S. Secret Service, which handles counterfeit currency cases, was alerted, the report stated.

This is the second reported case of a counterfeit $50 bill being used in Tinley Park recently. An unidentified man tried to use phony currency to pay for his meal at Burger King on Oct. 24.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3

Cleaning Supplies Taken From Car Wash

The hose from a soap dispenser was cut, two roll-up bay doors were forcibly opened and damaged, and a variety of car cleaning supplies were taken from Montego Bay Car Wash, 6621 W. 173rd Place, according to a police report.

One or more suspects entered the car wash by forcing open two of the bay doors, damaging them in the process, the report stated. Inside, the hose and nozzle from a soap dispenser was cut and removed, spilling soap on the car wash bay floor and covering it in suds, the report continued.

Items taken included an assortment of glass cleaners, car wax, leather conditioners, trim shine, chamois and tire shine valued at $200, the report stated.

The car wash owner told police there have been several incidents where money was taken from the vending machine and vacuum hoses stolen, the report stated. He also estimated that the cost to replace the bay doors would be about $1,000 each, the report continued.

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