Crime Report for Jan. 28, 2013
January 27, 2013 1:40PM
Updated: March 1, 2013 6:38AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland.
News includes bogus bills leading to an arrest in Country Club Hills and two being charged with a retail scam in Orland Park.
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS
Bogus bills lead to arrest
A 26-year-old male city resident was charged with forgery and resisting police after police caught him trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills Jan. 14 at Wal-Mart, 4005 W. 168th Place, police said.
They said Chante Murphy used a phony $100 bill to purchase a pair of socks at the store and received $91 in change. Store security had been alerted to Murphy by a Wal-Mart worker, and when he was arrested four more bogus $100 bills were found on him, according to police.
They said Murphy a day before had offered to give the employee a percentage of the change if she agreed to accept the phony bills at her register. Video surveillance also showed him using a counterfeit bill in the store the day before his arrest, police said.
More counterfeit money surfaced in the city in a Jan. 17 incident, which police were investigating to determine whether Murphy was involved.
A 19-year-old South Holland woman told police she sold a pair of gym shoes to a Country Club Hills man in the 17600 block of Springfield Avenue and was paid with $150 in counterfeit cash.
Two charged in retail scam
Two employees at Buy Buy Baby at Orland Park Place mall were charged with stealing more than $1,000 apiece by issuing fraudulent transactions while working as cashiers, police said.
Ferrice Hollins, 24, 1061 41st Place, Chicago, was charged with felony retail theft for taking $1,640 through the scheme between Dec. 8 and 16, according to police.
They said Hollins used his register to
find store credit card account numbers, made small purchases with the numbers and then used the barcode on the receipt to buy items at stores affiliated with Buy Buy Baby.
A second employee learned of the scam from Hollins and also stole money, police said. They said Ashley Wilson, 22, 14533 Union Ave., Harvey, also was charged with felony retail theft.
Both employees said they were stealing to buy their families Christmas presents, according to police.