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$5,000 Worth of Items Stolen from Metal Shop: Midlothian Police Blotter

Midlothian police reports, Jan. 11–14.

MONDAY, JAN. 14

Air Conditioner Unit Stolen From Pizza Place

Police were called Mid-Villa Pizza, 3636 W. 147th Street, after an employee called police regarding a theft.

At the business, police spoke with the employee, who said an unknown suspect(s) removed the air conditioner unit from the north side of the building. The employee said they were unsure when the unit was taken, but that they believed the unit was worth more than $1,000.

Tire Slashing Spree 

Police were called to a home in the 4200 block of W. 143rd Street, after a resident reported damage to their car.

At the home, police spoke with the victim, who said their vehicle was parked in the street overnight and that the driver's side tire was slashed.

Police noted there were three other incidents similar to to the incident in the area, along the 14300 and 14400 blocks of Kildare Avenue. There are no suspects at this time.

SUNDAY, JAN. 13

I Didn't Steal All of These Vitamins 

Michael T. West, 37, of the 800 block of Buffalo Avenue, Calumet City, was charged with one count of felony retail theft following an incident at Walgreens, 4800 W. 148th Street.

Police were called to the store after receiving a call of a retail theft in progress. While traveling to the store, police saw a man, Michael T. West, fitting the description of one of the robbers at the intersection of 147th Street and Kenton Avenue. Police stopped West and found 12 bottles of Walgreens brand Nature Made 200mg COQ-10, three bottles of Nature's Bounty 100mg COQ-10 and four bottles of CVS brand COQ-10 100mg vitamins and two Mederma Cream bottles. West did not have a receipt for any of the bottles and told officers he got them from a friend.

Police went to the Walgreens and returned with a store employee who positively identified West as the robber and said they saw West take the bottles and place them in his coat sleeves before exiting the store. The employee said the total value of the bottles was $562.22.

The employee told officers they would provide a copy of the store's video surveillance at a later date.

At the police station, West told officers he only took eight bottles of vitamins from the store, not the 15 that he was charged for.

Cell Phone Stolen From Durbin's

Police were called to Durbin's, 14753 Cicero Avenue, after a patron reported her cell phone being stolen.

At the bar, police spoke with the victim, who said she left her phone in her purse unattended for a few moments and when she returned her purse was gone. The victim later found her purse in the women's restroom garbage can, with her phone missing.

Police told the victim a report would be filed and to report to the police if the phone was found at a later date.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

Drunk Man Fights Family, Destroys Apartment

Kelly L. Woodard, 25, of the 14500 block of S. Keystone Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, following a disturbance at a family's apartment.

Police were called to the apartment by Woodard's mother, who reported Kelly was causing a scene, tearing up the apartment and trying to fight with his brother.

At the scene, police entered the apartment and found furniture overturned and heard shouting coming from inside the apartment.

Police removed Woodard from the apartment and spoke with his family members, who said he was drinking with friend when he fell down. His brother then tried to help him up, causing Woodard to become aggressive, yelling and punching holes in the walls.

Police tried to speak with Woodard and his family, but Woodard became aggressive again and was taken into custody.

Police took Woodard to the police station, where he was charged and then transported to await a bond hearing.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11

$5,000 in Metal Dies Stolen

Police were called to Any Custom Sheet Metal, INC., 14332 Clifton Park Avenue, after neighbors reported a burglary to the business.

At the scene, police spoke with a witness who said he noticed the front garage door of the business was broken into. Officers called the business's owner to the scene and conducted a walkthrough of the business. The owner told officers 50 metal dies, worth approximately $5,000, along with several ladders and tool boxes were missing.

The witness told officers he noticed a green van with wood paneling parked near the business earlier that day. The witness said he had never seen the van before, but was unable to remember a license plate number for the vehicle.  

Police Blotter information is provided by the Midlothian 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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