Stolen Truck and Smashed Windows: Police Blotter

Mokena police reports, March 31-April 9


Stolen Truck

A white 2002 Ford F350 truck was reported stolen from a business in the 19200 block of 85th Court sometime between 5 p.m. April 4 and 8 a.m. April 5. An employee told police that the repairs had just been made to the company vehicle and was waiting to be picked up.

Smashed Windows

The rear windows of three cars were smashed between 10 p.m. April 5 and 7:30 a.m. April 6 with an unknown object, police said. Those cars were a silver 2005 Infiniti Q, silver 1993 Toyota Corolla and white 2007 Lincoln Navigator. They were all parked between the 19700 and 19900 blocks of Schoolhouse Road and no items were reported stolen.


Damage to Park District

Police said a tree was run-over in the parking lot of the Mokena Park District building, 10925 La Porte Road, by an unknown vehicle. The damage was discovered around 12:30 p.m. and estimated at $100.


Home Invasion

A couple, aged 77 and 80, were victims of a residential burglary that shares characteristics with what authorities have dubbed a “gypsy ruse.” The couple told police that a Hispanic man, approximately 6-feet tall, talked his way into their house claiming to be a new neighbor and wanting to see their backyard deck, around 2:30 p.m. Before he left, according to the report, the man asked for a glass of water and while drinking it, covered his hand with his sleeve. An hour later, the couple discovered that two rings—one of which had a fake diamond—valued at $135, were missing.


Francis and Front DUI

Steven A. White, 39, of the 13100 block of West Route 6 in Mokena was charged with driving under the influence, driving with BAC greater than 0.08, disobeyed traffic control device, improper lane usage and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Police said White refused to take field sobriety tests—but later failed a Breathalyzer—after blowing a stop sign at Francis Road and Front Street and drifting between lanes, around 11:30 p.m.

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