Police Blotter: Multitude of Marijuana

Orland Park police reports: April 19-21


Grab Bag

Police were called about a retail theft at Kohl’s around 9:05 a.m. Security said a woman came into the store with a shopping bag and placed various items into the bag before walking past the register without paying, police said. The items are worth $91.93. Deborah R. Mueller, 47, of the 8400 block of Cedar Court in Orland Park, was cited with retail theft.


Domestic Battery

Police were called about a domestic dispute in the 18000 block of Buckingham Drive around 6:30 p.m. Officers found a woman who was bleeding from the left side of her head, according to the report. The woman said a man had struck her in the head with a trophy after an argument. The man later denied doing so and said the woman threatened to hurt herself and blame it on him after they argued, police said. Rame R. Joudeh, 37, of the 18000 block of Buckingham Drive in Orland Park, was charged with domestic battery.

Game Bag

Police were called about a retail theft in a department store in Orland Square Mall around 4:15 p.m. Store security said a man was seen walking in the store holding a stack of video games. The man placed some of them into a green bag he was carrying on his shoulder and left the store without paying, according to the report. The games are worth $119.68. Michael L. Hendrick, 34, of the 1400 block of Berta Drive in Crest Hill, was charged with retail theft.

Open Packing

An officer walked up to a parked car where a man was seen sitting in the driver’s seat looking down while in the 11300 block of 159th Street around 4:20 p.m. Once next to the car, the officer saw the man packing a green leafy substance into a cigarette-shaped pipe, police said. The man apologized to the officer, according to the report. Thomas C. Rojszyk, 27, of the 9400 block of 140th Street in Orland Park, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wagon Cloud

Police said two men sitting in a parked station wagon started acting suspiciously when an officer passed behind the wagon while in the 8600 block of 159th Street around 6:40 p.m. The officer smelled burnt marijuana from inside the station wagon, according to the report. One of the men gave up a small plastic bag with marijuana in it, police said. Daniel J. Peterson, 23, of the 5600 block of Edge Lake Drive in Oak Lawn, and Steven A. Morrison, 37, of 11600 block of Kolmar Avenue in Alsip, each was cited for possession of marijuana.

Pot Car I

Police pulled over a car after seeing a passenger throw an item out the window, and the car then drifted out of its lane in the 16500 block of 94th Avenue around 6:15 p.m. The passenger, a juvenile, who was seen throwing the item out of the window, said peanut shells were thrown, police said. The officer asked if anyone had marijuana on them, and the driver, another passenger and the juvenile all said they did, according to the report. Gabrielle A. Bucci, 18, of the 7800 block of West Lakeview Terrace in Tinley Park, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Andrew S. Lewandowski, 19, of the 19300 block of Brannock Lane in Tinley Park, was cited for possession of marijuana.

Pot Car II

Police pulled over a vehicle after seeing an object hanging from the rearview mirror that obstructed the driver’s view and after the car crossed the center line in the 14900 block of LaGrange Road around 11:35 p.m. The driver showed no sign of impairment, but a green leafy substance was seen on his shirt and a small baggie was seen on the floor, police said. Officers found six small bags with about six grams of marijuana in them in the car, as well as a glass pipe, according to the report. Steven A. Nielsen, 19, of the 2900 block of 223rd Street in Chicago Heights, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane use and driving with an obstructed windshield.

Hidden Glass

Police pulled over a car for driving with a loud exhaust at 157th Street and 78th Avenue, around 9:20 p.m. The officer smelled marijuana from inside the car and asked the driver if there was any marijuana in the car, police said. The driver, Mark J. Kaczmarcyk, 19, of the 1600 block of Donna Marie Drive in Homer Glen, said a pipe was in the car. Police found a glass bottle in the car with marijuana residue in it, and the passenger, Natalie Hydzik, 18, of the 7400 block of Cashew Drive in Orland Park, said she put a pipe in her purse. Kaczmarcyk and Hydzik each were cited with possession of drug paraphernalia.


Perfume Houdini

Police were called to Marshalls about a retail theft around noon. Security saw a woman take bottles of perfume and lay them on top of her purse, police said. She then draped clothing over her purse before putting her hands under the clothing, and when she removed the clothing the perfume could not be seen, according to the report.  The woman then walked past the register without paying for the perfume, police said. Enam Abu Shalback, 48, of the 10900 block of Lloyd Drive in Worth, was cited with retail theft.


Police said they were called about a car accident near 143rd Street and Wolf Road around 11:20 p.m. A woman was found in the driver’s seat of a car with a cut on her head and she said she had neck pain, according to the report. The woman told police she was talking on the phone while driving and didn’t see the car she struck stopped at the intersection’s traffic light, police said. The officer smelled alcohol on her breath, according to the report. Jennifer M. Bogdan, 30, of the 8100 block of 83rd Place in Justice, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving an uninsured vehicle.

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