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Burglars Clear Out Cigarette Shop: Police Blotter

Nearly $15,500 worth of cigarettes were stolen in a burglary at Select Cigars on LaGrange Road.

MONDAY, OCT. 29

Alarm mishap allows break-in at smoke shop

Mokena police are investigating a burglary sometime after 11:15 p.m. Sunday and before 8:45 a.m. Monday at Select Cigars in the 19800 block of LaGrange Road. Cigarettes valued at $15,436 were stolen by burglars who broke the store's front window, grabbed the smokes and made off with the goods without tripping an alarm.

According the report, the store's burglar alarm was ineffective because the telephone system had recently been changed. The newly selected telephone system was incompatible with the already established burglar alarm system.

Police said they came upon the scene of the crime shortly before 9 a.m. and found broken glass. After the store owner and a handful of employees arrived to take inventory, a complaint was filed for the theft of 254 cartons of cigarettes.

SATURDAY, OCT. 27

Four teens arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol

While on patrol in the wee hours of the morning, about 3:05 a.m., police spotted a parked car in the area of Kimberly Trail and Midland Avenue with four people inside.

After police talked to each of them, it was discovered that they had been drinking alcohol. All four are from Lemont. Ticketed for illegal consumption of alchohol were:

  • Daniel Ligas, 18
  • Denis Jeremiak McAuliffe, 19
  • Mike A. Wilczek, 19
  • Olivia Czupta, 19

The vehicle, which was driven by Ligas, was towed.

Police blotter information is provided by the Mokena Police Department. 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.

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Corry Dolbeer October 31, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Mokena police are the best around! I live in Mokena, and "always" had good relations with the police the few times I've called them. Thank You, and GOOD job!

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