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Crime Report for June 23, 2013

Updated: July 24, 2013 6:58AM



Mokena and
Chicago Heights

Semi trucks swiped

Two 53-foot-long semi truck trailers and a third trailer carrying a load of potato starch were stolen from two Southland towns earlier this month, according to police.

Two trailers heisted in Mokena were parked in the 8400 block of West 191st Street and were discovered missing June 14. One trailer is described as a white 1998 Stoughton with Illinois registration. The second was a white 2013 Great Dane and is owned by the trucking company DNL Express.

Another semi was reported missing in Chicago Heights on June 16. The tractor and white semi trailer were stolen from the 200 block of Dixie Highway, where the driver parked the truck and its load of potato starch June 15. That trailer is registered to J.D.A. Transport in Goose Creek, S.C., police said.

Kate McCann

Park Forest

Woman charged
in box-cutter attack

A 51-year-old Park Forest woman attacked her partner with a metal box cutter, slashing the victim across the chest, arms and buttocks during a drunken argument June 12 inside their Park Forest apartment, police said.

Crystal Bostic, 350 Juniper, No. 508, was charged with aggravated domestic battery after cutting the victim three times, police said. The victim told police the two had been drinking all night and that Bostic had consumed an entire bottle of vodka before they began arguing while lying in bed. Bostic then picked up the box cutter and began swinging, police said.

Police were met downstairs by the victim, who was bleeding profusely from two large lacerations on the arm and chest. Bostic, who initially denied the allegations when police went up to question her, later told police, “The devil made me do it.”

The victim, who is 44, received stitches to the chest, arm and buttocks after being taken to St. James Hospital in Olympic Fields, police said.

Kate McCann

Chicago Heights

Close call during
attempted carjacking

A 20-year-old Chicago Heights man narrowly missed being hit by gunfire after refusing to surrender his car during an attempted carjacking June 10 in the 1900 block of Yale Avenue, police said.

The victim was driving southbound on Yale when he was flagged down by three men wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One man ordered him out of the car, but the victim refused and kept driving, police said.

The same man then fired one shot at the victim’s car as he drove away. The victim continued driving until he got to the police station, where police discovered the rear window of his car had been shattered and a small bullet hole was found in the rear of the driver’s headrest.

Responding units checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects. Police also were unable to locate any shell casings.

Kate McCann

Chicago Heights

Robbery thwarted by mistaken whereabouts

A 31-year-old Chicago Heights man told police he saw a male acquaintance and several unknown men robbing his garage in the 1200 block of Park Avenue when he returned home after going to the corner store to buy a snack on June 9.

The surprised victim cursed at his acquaintance and asked what he was doing.

The man, according to the victim’s story, said, “Sorry man, I thought you were still in jail.”

He and the other would-be thieves then put the victim’s belongings back down and drove away in a silver Grand Prix.

Kate McCann

Park Forest

Boy, 14, beaten, robbed in park

A 14-year-old Park Forest boy was beaten and robbed as he walked home through Central Park after eating dinner with a friend on June 13, police said.

The boy said he was walking on the path at Central Park near Westwood Drive after leaving Taco Bell when he was attacked by five people who hit him several times in the face with closed fists, police said.

They stole his iPod and $32.50 from his pockets, police said. The boy told police he would not be able to identify his offenders if he were to see them again. Police said the attack left one of the boy’s eyes swollen shut.

Kate McCann

Chicago Heights

Identity theft
by mom alleged

A 19-year-old Chicago Heights woman who was adopted at age 2 told police that she believes her birth mother may have stolen her identity.

The woman said she was contacted by a law firm attempting to collect on a $3,106 debt owed to Nicor Gas Co. in February.

Upon investigation, the woman learned someone using her name and social security number, but with her mother’s birthdate, opened the account in 2008. At the time, the victim was a minor and would not have been authorized to open an account.

The victim said she has not had any contact with her mother since her grandmother adopted her in 1996.

Kate McCann



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