Homewood Youth Injured in Drive-by Paintball Shooting: Blotter

Homewood police reports, Feb. 20–March 4.


Hazel Crest Woman Accused of Stealing Flea Meds

Jenean Johnson, 62, of the 1800 block of 167th Street, Hazel Crest, was charged with retail theft, according to a report. A security guard at Menards, 17545 Halsted, told police he allegedly saw Johnson place a package of Frontline Plus Dog Kit, valued at $37.95, into her purse. She then reportedly paid for three air filters but not the Frontline and then tried to leave the store. Johnson was placed into custody until police arrived. She was booked on retail theft and is due in Markham court on April 1.

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Money Snatched from Parked Car

Almost $230 was reported stolen from a First Financial Bank envelope that was inside a car parked in north Pizza Hut parking lot, 18042 Halstead St. No signs of forced entry were found. Police were told that one of the rear passenger doors does not lock automatically and was most likely unlocked when theft happened at about 9:08 p.m.


Man Allegedly Caught Wearing Stolen Jeans

James Box, 18, of the 16400 block of Spaulding, Markham, was charged with retail theft, criminal damage to property and obstructing his identification, according to a report. Box is accused of taking more $272 worth of jeans, t-shirts and a pair of Nike pants from a display at Kohl's, 17620 Halsted St. He allegedly left the store without paying after putting the clothes on inside a changing room. Police found him hiding under a truck in Hazel Crest and arrested him without incident. Only a pair of jeans Box was reportedly still wearing were recovered. While in custody, he gave conflicting information about his identity to police. He was booked and is due in Markham court on April 2.


Drive-By Paintball Shooting

A Homewood juvenile was shot in the neck with a paintball after an altercation with another juvenile, according to a report. The two youths got into a fight in the front yard of one of the kids in the 18700 block of Delta Road. After the other fled, he returned in a vehicle and called for the youth to come out of his house. When he did, he was reportedly shot at with the paintball gun. Paintballs hit both the youth and his house, causing damage. The juvenile in the car drove away. No arrests were made.

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