Alleged Thief Injures Himself Running into Cop Car: Homewood Police Blotter
Homewood police reports, March 28-31
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Theft, Violation of Parole
Andrew Lofton, 35, of the 3000 block of Stafford Drive in Markham was charged with retail theft and processed for an Illinois Department of Corrections no-bond warrant for parole violation. Security at a store in the 17500 block of Halsted Street told police that Lofton left the store around 8 p.m. without paying for alcohol totaling $23.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Driving with Loaded Gun
Darrell Leverson-Wright, 19, of the 15000 block of Chicago Road in Dolton was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, speeding, no registration and no proof of insurance. Police said they found a loaded handgun with no safety mechanism after stopping Leverson-Wright’s car near 183rd and Halsted streets around 12:45 a.m. for speeding.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29
Alleged Thief Injuries Himself
Lamar Smith, 29, of the 7100 block of Woodlawn in Chicago was charged with retail theft, battery and resisting a peace officer. Police said Smith ran out of a store in the 18300 block of Governor’s Highway with two bars of soap, dropping other cosmetic items behind, and pushed a cop to get free. He ran, however, straight into a moving Hazel Crest squad car, injuring his leg, at the entrance of the plaza, police said. He was arrested, booked and later transported to South Suburban Hospital.
Possible Car Arson
Police said they are investigating a possible arson that occurred outside the H-F Raquet Club around 8:30 p.m. According to the report, the Homewood Fire Department put out a fire under the hood of a car in the parking lot. A witness told police that she saw two unknown people start a fire and flee.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
Teen Walks Away from Cab Fare
A cab driver told police that a teenager walked away from a $100 fare outside the Metra station promising to come back with his mother’s credit card. When he did not, the cabbie gave police the teen’s name and then picked him out of a photo lineup. Attempts to contact the teen by phone and in person, at his home, were unsuccessful, according to the report. The cabbie told police that he is friends with the teen who deceived him on Facebook.
Alleged Thief Looks for Store Credit
Dan Shelby, 49, of the 0-100 block of Circle Drive in Dixmoor was charged with retail theft. Security at a store in the 17500 block of Halsted told police that Shelby returned to the store around 3 p.m. with two pairs of shoes he had stolen earlier in the day in an attempt to get store credit.
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