Loaded Gun, Loaded Backpack, Bike and GPS Go Missing: Police Blotter

Mokena police reports, May 28-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.

GPS Lost

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.


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.

Forgotten Firearm

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


Pot Bust

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.


Bike Theft

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.


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.



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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Ron Kenning June 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
It's a shame how you publicize someone's mistake or misfortune, but when all charges are dropped on an individual , you don't see that in print!
Ellis Worthington June 07, 2012 at 02:08 PM
If it bleeds, It leads. It must be tough to write like you care about humanity, but secretly relish delivering the misfortune of others.
Lauren Traut (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Hi, Ellis. Patch absolutely cares about the people of our respective communities, and the lives they lead. Crime is part of life in any community. Should people not be made aware of what's happening around them, and what actions are being taken to help keep residents safe? I can assure you that we do not take pleasure in reporting on the misfortune of others, but we do find it important to make people aware of what's going on around them. Lauren Traut Associate Regional Editor
Kirsten June 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I for one am glad I can read the blotters. If there is thefts going on, I like to know so I can take extra precautions. If someone is charged with a DUI/drug possession, I like to know that too. What if this was a person I either trusted my younger kids to ride with or the person was a friend of my oldest child? The DUI/drug possession information is very important because it helps me watch out for my own family. If there is a crime reported in the blotter, that is proven to be untrue, then that person should do what Lauren suggested above.
Chester Rook June 08, 2012 at 03:37 AM
It's unfortunate when people can't take responsibility for their own actions. It's like blaming the police for arresting them for doing something they did wrong, or in this case, blaming the media for reporting it. I am not a big fan of mega media, but the Patch doesn't fall into this category in my book. I think the Patch does a good job of reporting without bias or prejudice. If charges are dropped or there is some outcome favorable to the defendant, then comment about that when it happens. But to try to kill the messenger (like Lauren) or cut down other reporters or the police for doing their job is just ignorant. Criminal activity is a public record, and reporting criminal activity, while informative as Kirsten points out, also serves as a deterrent to criminal behavior. If you don't want your name in the paper, don't drink and drive or get busted with drugs. It's really that simple.
Lauren Traut (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Hi, Ron. Our police blotter items are a record of police actions taken on a given day. We understand that people are innocent until proven guilty. If you or a family member are cited or charged and then the charges are dismissed, we encourage you to contact the editor of the respective Patch. We will verify the outcome and then update the article. Lauren Traut, Associate Regional Editor
Matt June 08, 2012 at 07:03 AM
@ Ellis I personally enjoy reading the police blotters myself. I find it helpful to know what happened in my city or neighbooring cities. Maybe someone on here I'll know and be like "Wow, so-and-so did that to so-and-so? OMG". I just generally find it interesting, and helpful, and appreciate what our officers do to fight crime. Of course once in awhile some charges / things that police do are unneeded and annoying, but generally they are there to keep crime at bay and help our community. Well said, Lauren :)


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