Mom Accused of Shoplifting With Toddler in Tow, and More

Also in the latest police reports, dated Aug. 20-22, copper pipe is taken from a vacant home, a woman accused of DUI says her lawyer is too drunk to pick her up and a caller threatens death upon a woman and her daughter.


Copper Pipe Stolen From Vacant Home

Police said someone stole the water meter and about 10 feet of copper pipe from a foreclosed home in the 8500 block of Scheer Drive in . The theft occurred between 2 p.m. Aug. 21 and 3 p.m. Aug. 22. Police said the home was in poor shape, making entry easy through doors with broken locks and a finicky overhead garage door. A real estate representative for the property said he would arrange for the necessary repairs to ensure the home remains secure. 

Mom Accused of Shoplifting With Toddler in Tow

Police arrested Krystal M. Janes, 28, of the first block of Ottawa Court in Justice, and charged her with retail theft after she was arrested at Super Kmart, 16300 Harlem Ave., Tinley Park. Officers said she was caught trying to steal $575.28  in merchandise from the store. She was reportedly with her 3-year-old daughter at the time. Her bail was set at $1,500.


Oak Park Avenue Train Station Defaced

A manager for Cavellini's, which is located in the in downtown Tinley Park, called the cops to report that he found several tables that had been written on with red marker. He also found writing on the windows of the train station and the lights around the outside, according to the report. He noticed the writing around 10:30 a.m. The writing referenced the manager by name. "The writing was done in red marker and possibly by more than one person because the writing styles appeared to be different on some of the tables," the report said. 


Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Alcohol by Minor 

Jorge L. Romero, 20, of the 15800 block of Orland Brook Drive in Orland Park, was arrested around 4:40 p.m. near the intersection of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park. He was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, improper lane use, failure to signal when required, driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver's license and driving without wearing a seat belt. 

Caller Threatens Death Upon Woman, Daughter

A woman called the cops after she began receiving several threatening phone calls from someone who refused to identify himself, according to police. The unfamiliar caller often just hung up when the woman, who is 38, answered, police said. However on Aug. 20, the man said he was going to kill the woman and her daughter. He never called either of them by name. The woman suspects the man may think she is someone else, as she doesn't have problems with anyone. 

Post-Golf DUI 

A woman who told police she'd had a few beers while golfing was accused around 9:30 p.m. of driving under the influence. Police came across Katie C. Bickham, 31, of the 17200 block of South Valley Drive in Tinley Park, while investigating an accident near the intersection of 173rd Street and Oak Park Avenue, they said.

"While investigating the accident, a responding officer could detect an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from suspect's breath," the report said.

Bickham reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. At the station, she blew a .213 on the Breathalyzer, according to the report.

"Suspect requested to use the phone to call her attorney … for a ride home," the report said. "After the phone conversation, (an officer) asked if he was coming for her and suspect advised that he was at the golf course with her and also had too much to drink so he was not able to come to the station."

Bickham was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08.

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Ed September 04, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Stealing of the copper pipe right out of a house in an upscale neighborhood doesn't surprise me when TInley Park cops allow the junkers and scavengers to roam freely through town, espeacillay on garbage days. You see dozens of beat up old pick-up trucks driving around packed with peoples grills, lawn furniture, and anything else they left in thier yards.


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