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Orland Park Police Blotter: Sleeping in the Car, Tailgating and Retail Thefts

Orland Park police reports, Aug. 17-Sept. 11

TUESDAY, SEPT. 11

Road Soda

Police saw a car tailgating another and almost striking a curb while swerving in the 8900 block of 159th Street around 12:55 a.m. The car was pulled over after it crossed over lane lines while making a left turn, police said. The driver’s speech was slurred, the car smelled like alcohol, he had two unopened beers next to him and he admitted to drinking, according to the report. He also failed field sobriety tests, police said. Matthew F. Amend, 18, of the 18200 West Winds Lane in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than .08, following too closely, improper lane use and possession of alcohol by a minor.

THURSDAY, AUG. 23

Nap

Police were called about a person asleep in a car with the sound system playing loud music around 1:05 a.m. in the 14100 block of Trenton Drive. The officer found a woman asleep in the driver’s seat reclined back with the engine running, according to the report. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, she failed field sobriety tests and said she doesn’t know anyone who lives in Orland Park, according to the report. Holly N. Patton, 27, of the 7300 block of 56th Place in Summit, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than .08.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Going Shopping

Police were called about a retail theft at Target around 5:55 p.m. Security saw a woman enter the store, and place a shopping bag in her cart before walking around putting store merchandise into the bag, police said. She then left the store without paying for $307.36 worth of store items, police said. Tina M. Smentek, 40, of the 5700 block of 106th Street in Chicago Ridge, was charged with retail theft.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Bag in Pants

Police were called about a retail theft at JCPenney around 2:40 p.m. Security said a man was seen putting various merchandise into a plastic bag he pulled out from his waistband, before leaving the store without paying, according to the report. The officer saw the man get into a car and start driving away, before the officer turned on emergency lights and he stopped, police said. He was found with $425 worth of merchandise, and security recognized him from past retail thefts, according to the report. Miguel A. Collazo, 41, of the 2700 block of West 71st Street in Chicago, was charged with felony retail theft.

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