Defiant chip thief charged with obstruction

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A Bellwood man reportedly walked into a convenience store on the 700 block of Desplaines Avenue and blatantly swiped a bag of Jay's Hot Chips on the night of April 12.

When the clerk asked 22-year-old Corey Lee if he had any intention of paying for the bag - as Lee was casually walking out the door - the alleged thief implied that he didn't and simply replied: "[Expletive] you."

Police were called and the clerk detailed the sequence of events. Shortly thereafter, Lee was spotted in the CTA Desplaines Avenue station eating the stolen chips and when police approached him and asked if he had paid for the bag, he offered a similar response: "[Expletive] you, no I didn't."

The chips were seized from Lee and when he repeatedly refused to identify himself to police, he was arrested. While he was being handcuffed, authorities found an identification card on his person.

Lee was only charged with obstruction of justice, after the store clerk stated that he did not wish to press charges on the condition that Lee not return.

DUI, hit and run

Isaac Sanchez, 31, of Maywood, allegedly caused a hit-and-run accident on the 7600 block of Madison St. in Forest Park on May 12.

Maywood police initially received a call from a driver who claimed that Sanchez's vehicle had sideswiped his car and failed to stop, at which point the victim opted to pursue Sanchez until he reached Sanchez's residence and informed police of the location.

Both Maywood and Forest Park authorities were dispatched to Sanchez's home - the Maywood units arriving just as Sanchez was exiting his car with a large beer mug purportedly containing Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and cola. Maywood police apprehended Sanchez until their Forest Park counterparts arrived.

Forest Park arrested Sanchez after an additional container of alcohol - an open bottle of Miller Lite - was found inside his car and a computer check revealed that his license was revoked and that the DuPage County Sheriff's Office had an active warrant out for his arrest following his failure to appear in court and pay fines for a previous charge of driving with a revoked license.

Sanchez was then transported to the Forest Park police station where a Breathalyzer test was performed, yielding a blood-alcohol-content level of .228. The charges against Sanchez include improper turn at an intersection, hit and run, DUI and driving with a revoked license.

Michael Herd, 29, of Oak Park was charged with driving under the influence on May 15 after being stopped for no license plate on the 1200 block of Circle Avenue. Herd failed a field sobriety test and registered a .241 on a Breathalyzer - just over three times the legal limit of .08. He was charged with DUI and with other equipment violations.

Battery, criminal trespassing

Chicago resident Charles Perry, 29, was arrested for hurling a bottle at a store clerk at USA Beverage liquor store, 7200 Madison St., on May 10.

After being asked to leave repeatedly, Perry exited the store and then reentered, only to throw the bottle at the clerk and break $112.19 worth of liquor bottles that were on display. Perry was charged with battery, criminal trespassing to land, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property.

Possession

A Roselle woman that had 46 hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in her car was pulled over by police on the 8300 block of Roosevelt Rd. Jeanae White, 22, was initially curbed for a minor traffic violation on the night of May 10; however, when officers approached her car there was in the back seat, in clear sight, a bag filled with hypodermic needles. Authorities also found that White had the bottoms of two metal soda cans, a metal bottle cap and a metal spoon. All of these items had burnt undersides, which indicates that they were being utilized to heat opiates prior to injection.

White was then taken into custody and charged with driving with a suspended license, improper lane usage, possession of hypodermic needles and possession of drug equipment.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between May 9 and May 16, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Nicholas Moroni

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