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Pants Down in Patriot's Park: Homewood Police Blotter

Homewood police reports, July 16 - 17

TUESDAY, JULY 17

Park Pervert

Marques Johnson, 19, 4630 W. 189th Street, Country Club Hills, was charged with disorderly conduct. A witness told police Johnson had his pants down around his ankles and his hands in his underwear while he watched two nearby girls and fondled himself in the gazebo at Patriot's Park, 1300 W. 187th Street.

Stolen Purses

Ellen Bennett, 46, 8430 S. Marshfield Avenue, Chicago, was charged with retail theft at 6 p.m. at the store she worked at in the 17900 block of Halsted Street. Bennett allegedly took the security sensors off of two purses with a total retail value of $260 and left without paying for the purses at the end of her shift. Store loss prevention agents told police Bennett was suspected in other store thefts totaling $2,300 and that they had made arrangements for her to pay the money back.  

MONDAY, JULY 16

More Counterfeit Cash

A man paid his bill at a liquor store in the 17500 block of Dixie Highway with a counterfeit $10 bill around 9:25 p.m., police said. The man, who told police he is a train conductor, said he’d gotten the bill from a rider toward the end of his route on the north side of Chicago. Asked by the police why he was spending the company’s money, the man told them he does not drive downtown just to turn in cash.

Last week two men passed phony twenties at Rico’s Pizza and possibly Pop’s Italian Beef and Sausage, police said.

Police report information is provided by the Homewood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Blind Dog Fulton July 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Pants down, hands in underwear fondling himself in the presence of young girls...can't he be charged with a sex crime? I'm sorry but I'm confused. Someone with more knowledge of what "disorderly conduct" charge in tails please explain.
margaret July 25, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Hmmm. i would imagine train conductors have to turn the money in at the end of their shifts rather than take it home. Doesn't seem believable they are able to take the cash home only to return it the next time they work. Yeah okayyyyyy
Prosecuting mom July 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Disorderly conduct disturbs the peace of another person, most sex crimes involve the touching on another person or making that other person touch the offender.
Hernendo RevolveR July 26, 2012 at 04:50 AM
It sounds like he didn't "expose" himself so I guess that might have ruled out an indecency charge. He's lucky nobody beat the hell outta him before the police arrived.
mom of 2 July 27, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Margaret silly but true, they are not required to remit the funds until the next time they are on duty, many of their shifts end in the suburbs and the money is turned in downtown. They dont have to remit weekend funds until the end of the month....crazy but factual
Lauren Traut (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
South Side. Your comment has been deleted as it disclosed personal information of another user. Thanks, Lauren Traut Associate Regional Editor
SouthSide July 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Oops! Sorry about that.

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