Police Blotter: Pull Over Produces Pile of Prohibited Pills and Powder
Mokena police reports, Sept. 8-12 • Car window smashed by unknown object • Six vehicles hit in overnight break-ins; iPod, cell phones, Callaway golf clubs and calculator among items taken.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
Car Window Smashed Overnight
A silver 1992 Plymouth Voyager was found vandalized at 7:12 a.m. in the 19100 block of Weber Road. The car's windshield was struck with an unknown object, which caused the glass to crack, and the driver's side window was shattered, according to the police report. The owner had last seen the car undamaged at 11 p.m. on Sept. 7.
String of Overnight Vehicle Break-Ins
Multiple overnight vehicle burglaries were reported on the morning of Sept. 8.
- A 1995 GMC Jimmy, a 2005 Mazda Tribute and a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander were entered between 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 in the 9800 block of Forestview Drive. A set of Callaway golf clubs, a Texas instruments TI-83 calculator and a Samsung cell phone were stolen from the vehicles, which were unlocked and parked in the driveway overnight, the report stated.
- A filet knife was stolen from a 2010 Ford Escape in the 20000 block of Lakeview Way between 12:30 and 5:30 a.m. The car was last seen parked unlocked in the driveway the night before but was found with a door standing open in the morning, according to the report.
- An Apple iPod, an iPod adapter and a pair of sunglasses were stolen from a 2009 Pontiac G6 in the 20000 block of Arbor Lane sometime after 1 a.m., according to the police report. The car had been left unlocked in the driveway overnight.
- A Garmin Nuvi GPS and a Samsung cell phone were stolen from a 2009 Mercury Milan in the 9900 block of Cambridge Drive. The owner, a resident of Columbia City, Ind., told police someone had entered the vehicle, which was left unlocked in the driveway overnight, and taken the items between 9 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 7 a.m. on Sept. 8.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12
Mokena Man Caught 'Ridin' Dirty'
James E. Traynere, 45, of the 18600 block of South Main Street, faces felony drug possession charges after his arrest during a traffic stop at 9:12 p.m. A patrol officer saw Traynere driving his 1997 Dodge Ram with only one headlight on and pulled the truck over at the intersection of Bryant and Wolf roads, according to the report. When the officer ran Traynere's information, he pulled up an outstanding Cook County Sheriff's Office arrest warrant. While advising Traynere about the warrant, the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana within the vehicle. Backup officers arrived, and police arrested Traynere and searched his car.
They found two clear baggies containing 0.7 grams of a white, powdered substance, which tests later indicated to be heroin, between the truck's front bench seats and a baggie containing seven grams of a green, leafy substance suspected to be marijuana under the driver's seat. They also found various pills, including clonazepam, a generic Adderall pill, a Norco pill and four prednisone pills in Traynere's car and pockets, the report stated.
Traynere told police he was a recovering heroin addict and that he had purchased the powder "a couple of weeks ago" in Chicago. He is currently being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, driving without insurance and driving with one headlight, according to Will County Sheriff's Office records. A misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, less than 30 grams, was dropped, according to sheriff's records.
Traynere is being held on $33,000 bond, and his next court date is Oct. 5.
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