In response to a call of a retail theft, Forest Park officers arrived at Wal-Mart at 1300 Desplaines Ave. on June 26 where two women, Ahkeliah Wilds, 20, and Hope Williams, 20, allegedly had documents tying them to a suspected criminal who was interviewed by federal authorities roughly a month ago.
A Wal-Mart security guard reported that the two offenders had been in the store’s electronics department arguing with one of the cashiers.
The suspects reportedly took several electronic items and placed them into their shopping cart. They took the goods to the front of the store where they grabbed several Wal-Mart bags. Wilds and Williams then reportedly took the bags and filled them with clothing before leaving the bags under the clothing rack.
The women then returned to the front of the store and paid for the electronics using gift cards. After paying for several items, Wilds and Williams retrieved the bags filled with clothing and walked out of the store, according to police
While Forest Park police attempted to identify the women they discovered credit cards under the name of Raymond Scott, who had been arrested one month ago. Scott was allegedly caught with phony credit cards and a device that reads credit card information. Both women had Scott’s Illinois identification. Wilds had also carried various documents of Scott’s into the store, according to authorities.
Both Wilds and Williams were charged with felony retail theft and the U.S. Secret Service was contacted.
Police seize heroin on north side
Responding to a call of suspicious behavior, Forest Park police arrived at 146 Marengo Ave. shortly after noon on June 24 where they allegedly found several small bags of heroin.
Charles Banks, 50, was observed dropping a plastic bag tied in a knot to the ground, according to police. He was then told to stand at the front of his vehicle, but instead entered the car on the passenger side. Banks was ordered out of the car, at which point additional bags were seen on the passenger’s seat.
A brownish-white powder was reportedly observed in each of the bags, which officers suspected of being heroin.
While he was being taken to the police station, Bank’s cellular phone rang constantly. He was given a felony charge for his possession of the controlled substance.
It helps the medicine go down
An officer pulled over a speeding vehicle at 8200 Roosevelt Road on June 24 just before 8 p.m. and discovered several capsules in the car allegedly packed with heroin.
The driver and passenger of the car were identified as Dawn Mais, 24, and Jeremy Bohl, 30.
While speaking with Mais, an officer allegedly noticed Bohl swallow a capsule with a spoonful of ice cream. When asked what he had just done, Bohl allegedly said he had not swallowed anything.
Bohl was ordered out of the car, which revealed more off-white powdery capsules, according to police. The officer then asked what kinds of drugs were in the capsules, to which Bohl reportedly replied, “Heroin.” Searching the car, officers found syringes and a burnt Red Bull can.
According to police reports, Bohl admitted all of the drugs and drug paraphernalia belonged to him.
Mais was given a citation for speeding, while Bohl was charged with possessing a controlled substance.
Trio caught with 89 items
On June 27 at 12:23 p.m. an officer responded to a report of a retail theft at Wal-Mart at 1300 Desplaines Ave. Three women, Sade Moore, 20, Zeola Thomas, 21, and Cassi Brown, 21, had allegedly been observed by Wal-Mart security taking items off the shelves and placing them in their bags. Brown then caused a diversion at the store’s exit, allowing the other two women to escape. However, store security was able to stop the offenders in the parking lot.
Inside of the bags there were 89 total items, including toiletries, shoes, and jewelry, according to a department report. The total value of the stolen goods was almost $750.
Each was charged with felony theft.
Employee charged with felony theft
Francesca Torres, 26, was charged with felony theft after she allegedly stole $764 from the Wal-Mart store where she worked. Torres reportedly committed the crimes on four different days between June 7 and June 17.
Police reports indicate that on four occasions Torres stole somewhere between $150 and $220 from a cash register.
Torres allegedly explained that the reason she stole the money was that she is homeless and has to provide for her three children.
Torres stands charged with one count of felony theft.
n Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the department’s hotline at (708) 615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between June 22 and June 29, 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 Jacob Boyer