A Walmart cashier was arrested on the night of July 25 for her alleged involvement in the theft of over $1,000 worth of electronics and food items from the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store.

Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Hall, of Bellwood, was charged with felony theft for aiding an unidentified man and woman steal merchandise from the big-box store.

Police reported that Hall performed price checks on several electronics to make it appear as though she was ringing up the merchandise. She also undercharged 39 food items by $199. The unpaid balance for all the merchandise was $1,271, according to police.

When Hall was taken to headquarters, she spoke with officers about the incident and offered a variety of explanations for her actions.

According to Hall, she didn’t know the man or the woman, who told her they had already paid for the electronics in the back of the store – so she performed price checks on the items instead. Hall then said she undercharged the man and the woman for the food “because they had a list of competitors’ prices” but did not have actual coupons. An officer asked why Hall didn’t contact the manager, to which she replied, “It takes too long for them to come to the register when you turn on the light.” 

Driving afoul of the rules of the road

A Cicero man who was allegedly driving on a suspended license, the afternoon of July 25, was arrested after police ran his license through a computer and learned he was also violating other rules of the road.

Twenty-seven-year-old Edward Acevado was pulled over at Harlem Avenue and 13th Street for having a cracked windshield. The reporting officer entered Acevado’s vehicle’s registration in the Illinois Secretary of State’s database and learned it was suspended for non-insurance, and that it didn’t match the car Acevado was driving. What’s more, it revealed that Acevado’s license was suspended and he didn’t have insurance.

Acevado was arrested and taken to headquarters where he was charged with driving with a suspended license, no registration, a vehicle code violation, operating an uninsured vehicle and having suspended registration.

Caught trying to steal elderly man’s bike

Timothy Steele, 23, of Berwyn was arrested on the morning of July 25, for attempting to steal an elderly man’s bicycle from the parking lot of the local Walgreens.

The 83-year-old man saw Steele grab his unlocked Huffy Santa Fe, which was parked in the front of the 7200 Roosevelt Rd. store, and yelled at him to stop. A witness who saw the distressed victim gave the elderly man a ride and called 911 to report the incident.

Officers were provided a physical description of Steele and found him on the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road, where he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft

Ordinance citation issued in Walmart theft

Feiara Wooden, 24, of Chicago, was cited for retail theft on the night of July 29 after Walmart security guards caught her trying to leave the store with stolen items in her bag.

Wooden was observed on security cameras stuffing merchandise into a bag she brought into the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store, so when she tried to leave, security guards detained her at the door.

Police were called and wrote Wooden an ordinance citation for retail theft. The value of the items she tried to take was pegged at $81.

These items were obtained from the records filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 18-24, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime.

-Compiled by Nick Moronia