A Chicago woman accused of stealing less than $11 worth of key chains and bracelets from Wal-Mart was also slapped with a felony drug possession charge when authorities discovered more than 30 grams of marijuana in her purse, according to a department report.
Shantall S. Stribling was spotted Aug. 10 by a store employee hiding a few items in her purse and was taken into custody when she tried to leave the Roosevelt Road store without paying for them, the report said. While searching the woman’s purse for additional merchandise, the employee felt something in a pocket and discovered 43 packages of marijuana. Police were called to the store and arrested Stribling for allegedly stealing the key chains. The marijuana allegedly recovered from her purse had a total weight of 32 grams, according to authorities, prompting a felony drug possession charge.
You got a license for those?
Thomas Ohap, 42, was dodging traffic along Roosevelt Road with a handful of flowers in two. When passing cars stopped to allow for cross traffic, Ohap would approach and offer to sell them an arrangement, according to police.
An officer patrolling the area asked Ohap, a Chicago resident, if he had a license to do business in the village, and learned that the man did not. Ohap was charged with unlawful peddling and the flowers were confiscated.
Teen nabbed on curfew warrant
A 17-year-old wanted for failing to appear in court for a curfew violation in Jackson County was arrested in Forest Park on Aug. 13. Police took notice of the suspect after receiving a phone call from a man who said the teen threw a cigarette lighter at him while he was walking along Madison Street.
According to a department report, the officer responding to the call spotted Kyle Huff walking with two other teenagers in the area of the complaint. Huff, dressed in a white T-shirt, fit the description of the teen accused of throwing the lighter.
A computer check of the suspect’s identity revealed the outstanding warrant and Huff was taken into custody.
Suspect says he’s a gracious host
A motorist suspected of driving on a suspended license was allegedly caught with several grams of cocaine he bought for the purpose of entertaining a few out-of-town guests.
According to a department police report, Lawrence Clark, 46, was driving along Desplaines Avenue shortly after 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13. A random computer check revealed Clark’s license had been suspended for driving under the influence and when the officer stopped Clark, the man allegedly admitted he did not have a license. When Clark was asked to step out of the car, the officer noticed a white powdery substance on the floorboard next to a piece of plastic and a $10 bill.
An officer assisting in the arrest then spotted a larger plastic bag filled with the alleged narcotic.
“Clark related he buys the cocaine from a guy at the west side of Chicago,” police said in their report. “Clarke related he usually purchases $20 to $30 worth at a time, but because he had friends in town he purchased the larger bag for $160 earlier today.”
The man was charged with felony drug possession for the 4 grams of cocaine.
Woman caught with $500 in clothes
A 36-year-old Chicago woman was arrested on felony shoplifting charges Aug. 10 for allegedly stealing more than $500 worth of clothing. According to a department report, Sherry Rogers-Jackson, 36, was spotted by a Wal-Mart employee stuffing various clothing items into a pair of empty backpacks. Rogers-Jackson allegedly raided the women’s department before heading into the aisles for men’s clothing. She then went to the checkout lane and paid for a beverage without revealing the items in her bags, according to police.
Twenty-six items were recovered from the backpacks, police said, carrying a value of almost $546. In addition to the shoplifting charge, Rogers-Jackson was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant related to a prostitution charge.
No shoes, big bong
When an officer spotted two women walking in an alley Aug. 10 without shoes on, he stopped his patrol car to ask where they were heading and learned they were traveling with a man who was pumping gas at a nearby station. The man at the gas station, 21-year-old Gregory Salzman of Wheeling, reeked of marijuana, according to a department report.
Salzman allegedly gave police permission to search his car and authorities discovered a “large cannabis pipe” in the trunk. Salzman was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
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 Aug. 10 and Aug. 15, 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 Josh Adams