Blotter: Man Almost Drives Out of Store in Cart With $1K in Merchandise

Tinley Park Police reports, Nov. 26-Dec. 5 • Hobby store employee spots phony $50 bill • Man walks in to car dealership and takes converter • Orland Park man faces traffic and drug charges.


Hobby Store Employee Spots Phony $50 Bill

Police seized a counterfeit $50 bill used at Hobby Lobby, 7061 W. 159th St. An employee at the store contacted police around 7 p.m. after he thought a customer passed a fake $50 bill to pay for a purchase, according to the report. The responding officer checked the bill and said it appeared to be a bleached $5 bill, the report stated. The customer said she received the bill as change but couldn't remember from where, the report continued.

The bill was turned over to the U.S. Secret Service, the report stated.


Man Walks In to Dealership, Takes Converter

A core catalytic converter was taken from Rizza Cadillac, 8425 W. 159th St., by a man who simply walked in and out of the dealership's parts department during business hours, according to a police report.

The man—described as black, 6-foot-3, with a slender build, and wearing a brown or dark-colored coat and a dark-colored knit cap—entered the parts department a little before 11:30 a.m. through a closed but unlocked door and took a core catalytic converter, the report sated. He then walked out of the dealership and let in a red, older model pickup truck, the report continued.

The dealership was unsure what model of catalytic converter was taken but estimated its value at $80, the report stated. The man is believed to be a metal scrapper who has been to the dealership numerous times, the report continued.

Orland Park Man Faces Traffic, Drug Charges

Ahmad Hazim Nasir, 18, of the 16000 block of Laurel Drive in Orland Park, was charged with speeding and possession of marijuana after he was stopped around 7:50 p.m. for going 80 mph in a 35 mph in the 8100 block of 183rd Street, according to a police report.


Man Almost Drives Off in Cart With $1K in Merchandise

Gerald J. Petika, 62, of the 18100 block of Mager Drive, was charged with felony theft after taking about $1,000 in merchandise from Super Kmart, 16300 Harlem Ave., without paying for it, according to a police report.

The store's loss prevention officer noticed Petika loading numerous items into a shopping cart near a store exit at about 9:15 p.m., the report stated. Petika then took one of the store's motorized carts to the shopping aisles and began putting merchandise into the basket, the report continued.

When Petika drove his cart past the checkout aisles without paying for the items, a store employee stopped him and brought him back to the security office, the report stated.

The following merchandise, which totaled $1,098.91, was in Petika's cart as he was leaving:

  • 15 women’s shirts
  • 13 men’s shirts
  • eight purses
  • 16 pair of individual underwear
  • three packages of underwear
  • a package of coffee creamer
  • three watches
  • three money jars
  • two key finder devices
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • a coffee mug
  • two candles
  • a coat
  • a vest
  • a robe
  • a vacuum
  • a clock
  • several household items

Petika told police he couldn't pay for all the items with the credit card he brought with him to the store, so he was going to his car to get another credit card, the report stated.

The theft charge is a felony because of the valued amount of the items taken.


Markham Man Puts on Store Cap, Tries to Leave Without Paying

Ivory King, 20, of the 16200 block of St. Louis Avenue in Markham, was charged with retail theft after trying to wear a Nike hat from Kohl's, 7500 191st Street, out of the store without paying for it, according to a police report.

A store employee noticed King putting merchandise in his pocket at around 9:30 a.m., and King was seen on video tear the price tag off of a Nike hat, then put it on his head, the report stated. King later put a silver-plated heart necklace and Hello Kitty ear buds in his pockets, the report continued.

The store's loss prevention office stopped as he exited the store and brought him back to security office to wait for police, the report stated.

Police report information is provided by the Tinley Park Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

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