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Police Blotter: Marijuana, Cocaine and a Pair of Stolen Palm Trees

Also in today's reports, dated April 19-22, a man is arrested on a property damage warrant a teacher's wedding rings are stolen at a local high school.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Woman Takes Palm Trees From Kmart

Police said they arrested Jennifer E. Siano, 25, of the 16900 block of South Meadowcrest in Homer Glen around 2:50 p.m. at Super Kmart, 16300 S. Harlem Ave., , and charged her with retail theft. Security staff members at the store said they saw Siano remove two potted palm trees from the store and place them in the back of her car.

The woman told staff that she had to see if they'd fit in her car before she could buy them. Then, she drove away, police said. Siano admitted to stealing the trees and said she intended to bring the tags back into the store to buy them. They were priced at a total of $79.98. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Criminal Damage to Property Warrant

Jacob B. Hochgraver, 21, of the 6300 block of West 64th Place in Chicago, was arrested around 3 p.m. at the , 7850 W. 183rd St., on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Oak Forest for criminal damage to property. His bail was set at $5,000.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Man to Cops: 'I Have a Hitter Box'

Police pulled over Thomas J. Rizzuti, 24, of the 15600 block of South Lamon Avenue in Oak Forest, around 8:30 p.m. after he reportedly ran a stop sign on South Olcott Avenue in . They said they smelled burnt cannabis coming from his car and asked if he had anything illegal " … at which time he stated, 'I have a hitter box,'" they said. Rizzuti was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and disobeying a stop sign. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Pair Snorts Cocaine Behind Hollstein's

One man faces a drug related charge after he was arrested Thursday behind J.W. Hollstein's, where police said he was snorting cocaine in a car with a female passenger.

The man, Kenneth J. Pedersen III, 22, of the 9100 block of Willow Lane in Mokena, told police he bought the stuff from a patron of the Oak Park Avenue bar who asked him if he wanted to buy some "white girl," that night. The man initially said no, the report said, but then asked his friend if she wanted to snort coke. She reportedly said yes and the two went into the car, where police found them with a CD case, cocaine and a rolled up dollar bill, they said.

The passenger denied expressing interest in or snorting any drugs, though Pedersen said otherwise. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance. No charges had been filed against the woman as of April 23. 

Teacher's Wedding Bands Taken at Local High School

A teacher at Andrew High School called police around 9:30 a.m. to report that someone had taken her wedding bands after she accidentally left them in a first-floor public bathroom at the school, which is located at 9001 W. 171st St., .

The teacher said she took the rings off while she was washing her hands around 8 a.m. and forgot to put them back on. She left them on a shelf above the sink, the report said. When she returned to find them around 9:20 a.m., they were gone.

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