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Alleged Thieves Heist Over $600 From Kohl's

Police resorted to shooting one of the culprits with a stun gun in a chase to retrieve the stolen merchandise.

Homewood police received a retail theft call from Kohl’s shortly after 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 29 describing Gennis Jamison, 49, of the 1100 block of 5th Ave. in Chicago Heights and Kenneth Chavers, 43, of the 1500 block of E 13th Street in Ford Heights as the culprits.

Police say Jamison was caught walking towards Chipotle from Kohl’s and asked him to stop. According to reports, Jamison responded “I didn’t take nothing.” Police told Jamison to put his hands on his head, which he did after two requests. When the officer placed his hands on Jamison’s to arrest him, Jamison broke free and ran off, reports say.

The officer chased Jamison, yelled at him to stop and told him he was under arrest before yelling “Taser,” according to reports. Police say Jamison continued running, which prompted the officer to shoot him in the back with one five-second stun round. Jamison was arrested and found carrying a black plastic bag with over $400 worth of clothing, watches and jewelry items, reports say. 

While one officer was dealing with Jamison, another noticed Chavers on the 17700 block of Halsted St., reports say. Chavers was arrested and police confiscated two bags filled with over $200 worth of watches and tinfoil wrapped 1.5 gram rock of heroin from his person, according to reports.

Both men were positively identified by Kohl’s security, police say. Jamison was treated at the hospital and charged with retail theft and resisting arrest. Chavers was charged with retail theft and possession of drugs.

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Ernie Souchak October 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Dixie Square all over again. And we know what eventually happened there. And why.
SouthSide October 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Service Merchandise was in that mall, right? I remember that place. Yes, it was a haven for thievery and it shut down as a direct result. When will humans realize that crime does not pay? It harms whole communities, not to mention the criminals and their friends and families.
Glenn E. Wierzbicki October 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Sounds like a shocking experience to me...
Jenny October 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Jenny, Service Merchandise was across the Street over by where the Jewel on Halsted is now. Service Merchandise closed because they went Bankrupt, by trying to have a Catalog showroom with no catalog. They tried to advertise everything on line at a time when not everyone had access to the Internet Kohl's really needs to upgrade their Security system. A couple of times, I have gone in to use the fitting rooms and Girls have been in there with there Boyfriends, and the Store Clerks have had to get them out.
SouthSide October 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I refuse to shop at Kohl's until they stop carrying JLo products and other products that are made of "faux" fur.
nonya October 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
This is the same ghetto trash we talked about with the kid being mugged last week. Wake up people,... its time to flee!
Koda October 11, 2012 at 03:39 AM
It is not time to flee.
Rich bostrom October 11, 2012 at 09:28 PM
It is time to support our police and report what we see if we don't we will be like Chicago
SouthSide October 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Stand your ground. The thugs need to flee; we don't.
SouthSide October 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Amen!

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