MONDAY, Sept. 24
No Tail Lights Leads to Pot Arrest
Gralin D. Johnson, 31, of the 12200 block of Eggleston Avenue, Chicago, was cited for driving with no tail lights, driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license and a local ordinance violation for impoundment ordinance. His passenger, Jaclyn Jirout, 30, of the 17000 of Bonnie Trail East, was cited for possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis, after officers stopped the pair in Johnson's car for not having tail lights.
During the traffic stop, officers were searching the car when they smelled cannabis coming from a purse on the passenger floorboard. Jirout admitted to owning the purse and told officers there was cannabis in the purse, along with three Xanex pills in a DVD case that she said she was holding for a friend.
Johnson was released on bond, pending a courtdate on Oct. 12 at the Bridgeview Courthouse. Jirout was transported to the Bridgeview Courthouse for a bond hearing.
SUNDAY, Sept. 23
But I Have a Cold
Anthony J. Santiago, 18, of the 16100 block of Debra Drive, was charged with retail theft, following an incident at Jewel, 5615 159th Street. Police responded to a theft call from a Jewel employee who witnessed the incident. Police responded and found Santiago in the parking lot at Food 4 Less, 5556 W. 159th, and brought him back to the Jewel, where three witness identified the stolen over the counter cold medications.
Officers took Santiago in to custody and charged him. He was also issued a trespassing warning for the Jewel.
The Dart Board Wasn't Enough
A victim in the 4800 block of 157th Street contracted police after receiving a threatening phone call. The victim told police that Richard J. Arellano, 25, of the 16800 block of 92nd Avenue, Orland Hills, contacted her and threatened to kill her due to her pressing charges on a previous incident, during which the victim said Arellano threw a dart board at her.
The victim told officers she had seen Arellano with a black hand gun previously, but her fiance said he believed it to be a bb gun.
Police responded to a previous theft call from a Jewel employee after he witnessed a black male remove five bottles of Ciroc Vodka at 10 p.m. on Sept. 22. The employee said he believed the suspect had previously stolen from the store four separate times, and provided police with photos of the suspected individual.
FRIDAY, Sept. 21
I'll Just Say it: It's Weed
Anthony T. Konidaris, 19, of the 14200 Walden Court, was charged with possession of cannabis and Austin W. Szumigalski, 19, of the 14100 block of Lamon Avenue, Crestwood, was charged with local ordinance violation, possession of cannabis. Police found the duo parked in a segregated parking lot at 5556 159th Street and as officers approached, they noted several quick movements inside the Jeep.
While speaking with the pair, officers noted a green leafy substance on Szumigalski's pants, which Konidaris said was cannabis. The two were removed from the car and officers found 8.4 grams of cannabis on Konidaris, while Szumigalski was found with 1.2 grams.
Szmuigalski was cited and released, while Konidaris was released on bond, pending a courtdate an Oct. 12 courtdate.
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