Police Blotter: 2 Men Pull Smash-and-Grab at Tobacco Store
Mokena Police reports, Aug. 19-27 • Two teens arrested for underage drinking and fleeing police • Circle K employee caught on video stealing.
SUNDAY, AUG. 19
2 Teens Arrested for Underage Drinking, Fleeing Police
Two 17-year-old boys—one from Mokena and one from Frankfort—were arrested on the 1100 block of First Street and charged with underage consumption of alcohol and interference with a village officer when they were caught running from police, according to the report. The officer saw the teens walking down the sidewalk on First Street at 1:50 a.m., and when he approached them in his squad car, they began to run.
After a foot chase, the officer caught the Frankfort teen behind Avalanche Jewelry, according to the report. The teen told the officer that he ran because he was out past curfew, and he was only 17, the report stated. The officer told the teen that the curfew age was 16 but arrested him when he smelled alcohol on the teen's breath.
The other teen was arrested at his home on the 19700 block of Scarth Lane after making several phone calls to the Frankfort teen who had been apprehended earlier. Officers also detected alcohol on that teen's breath, the report stated.
MONDAY, AUG. 20
Circle K Employee Caught on Video Stealing
Thomas E. Hanley, 21, of the 16800 block of 92nd Street in Orland Hills, was charged with theft after he was caught on video stealing $1,000 from the daily cash deposit for Aug. 17 at the Circle K gas station, according to the report. The gas station's manager told police that she noticed that the money was missing from the deposit and that she had seen Hanley putting an envelope with the money in it into his pocket on the surveillance footage for that day. Hanley confessed to taking the money when the manager confronted him about it, and he was in her office preparing a written statement when she called the police. Hanley was released on $1,000 bond, and his next court date is Sept. 12.
MONDAY, AUG. 27
Glass Door Smashed, Cigarettes Stolen From Tobacco Store
Two unknown black male suspects were seen throwing something through the front glass door of Haze Tobacco Outlet and running in and out of the store before getting into a silver Monte Carlo that drove away westbound on 191st Street, according to the report. When police arrived on the scene, they found the door shattered, and it appeared the offenders had stolen several cartons of Newport cigarettes.
The manager of the nearby Denny's restaurant had called police after she and a waitress saw the vehicle driving slowly past the restaurant through the parking lot, the report stated. The vehicle continued to move slowly past the strip mall and stopped at the eastern end of the lot near Charter Fitness. The witnesses then saw the Monte Carlo pull up to the stop sign at the intersection of Henry Drive and 191st Street and park.
The two suspects, whom the Denny's manager had seen at the BP Amoco gas station about 15 minutes earlier, got out of the car and walked over to sit on the wall directly across from Haze Tobacco Outlet, while the car pulled up along 191st Street and parked. The Denny's manager and waitress went inside at this point to call 911, while the break-in was observed by a witness in the Super 8 Motel parking lot across the street, according to the police report.
A clerk at the BP provided police with copies of receipts from the suspects' transactions and showed officers security camera footage of the suspects at the cashier's counter as well as the Monte Carlo parked outside at a pump, the report stated. The footage, however, did not provide a clear view of the vehicle's license plate number, the report added.
Police report information is provided by Mokena Police. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken 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.
Two Ways to Stay Connected to Frankfort Patch:
- Subscribe to our newsletters to have headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox.
- "Like" our Facebook page for updates throughout the day.