Loaded Gun, Loaded Backpack, Bike and GPS Go Missing: Police Blotter
Mokena police reports, May 28-June 5
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
One Grand Backpack
Someone took a backpack that contained an iPod and a Zune mp3 player, laptop computer and makeup bag from a vehicle that was parked in the 19700 block of Scarth Lane. Two pairs of sunglasses were also reported taken from the vehicle some time between 11 p.m. June 4 and 6 a.m. June 5. The total amount lost was estimated at $1,025, including the backpack. It was not known if the vehicle was locked. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
Someone took a global positioning system unit valued at $150 and five one dollar bills from a vehicle that was parked in a driveway in the 10400 block of Willow Avenue. The burglary occurred between 11 p.m. June 4 and 11:20 a.m. June 5, police said.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Don’t Come Around Here No More
Nicholas Kremnitzer, 40, 12352 W. Warren Drive, Mokena, was charged with criminal trespass to real property. Kremnitzer was arrested at 7:55 p.m. for soliciting funds from customers at a gas station in the 19100 block of La Grange Road, police said. Kremnitzer had been asked to leave the premises several times, most recently, June 1, according to the police report.
Someone took a Ruger 380 pistol that was left overnight in a case in an unlocked vehicle parked in the 11300 block of Plattner Drive. The owner told police he forgot the gun in the vehicle after returning from a shooting range and that there might also be a magazine containing six rounds in the gun case. The value of the pistol is said to be $450. The theft occurred between 11 p.m. June 2 and 8 a.m. June 3
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Shaquale D. Harris, 19, 495 Winchester Road, Chicago Heights, was charged with possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis. Harris was arrested at 1:45 a.m. after the vehicle he was driving was stopped in the 8900 block of 191st Street for having only one working headlight. Police found a small bag containing pot in the vehicle’s center console.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Someone took a blue Diamondback mountain bike, valued by its owner at approximately $300, from the Metra Station, 9430 Hickory Creek Drive, where it was locked to the bike rack. The bike went missing between 10:48 p.m. and 11:20 p.m., according to the police report.
THURSDAY, MAY 31
Busted for Light after Midnight
Karen Melissa Derrig, 17, 912 Singer Ave., Lemont was cited with underage possession of alcohol and underage consumption of alcohol after she admitted to police she drank beer while parked in a car with a male subject. Police said they happened upon the vehicle, parked in an apartment complex parking lot in the 11200 block of 195th Street at 12:38 a.m. Police found 10 opened bottles of Bud Light beer in a backpack in the vehicle. The male subject was not cited.
MONDAY, MAY 28
Robert E. Johnson, 43, 11900 Stephanie Lane, Mokena, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 8800 block of 191st Street for twice changing lanes without signaling. Police said Johnson drove on the white lane markers for about a block and didn’t stop for about five blocks after they activated their emergency lights at 12:15 a.m. He reportedly told police he drank about four beers, but his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, he smelled of alcohol and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. Johnson was also charged with improper lane usage and failure to signal when required. He has a court date of July 3 at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet.
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