DUI, Drinking in Public, Battery, Retail Theft: Police Blotter

Downers Grove police reports, Oct. 14-18.



Erik D. Winningham, 23, of the 9200 block of 75th Street in Justice, was arrested around 12:13 a.m. in the 3400 block of Fairview Avenue, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a Nov. 21 court date.

Retail Theft

Coretta L. Brock, 29, of the 4300 block of Van Buren in Chicago, was arrested around 4:21 p.m. at a business in the 7300 block of Lemont Road, police said.

According to the report, a loss prevention officer observed Brock take several items—including a winter coat, a sheet set and undergarments—without paying for them. When confronted by the officer, she was cooperative admitted to taking the items, police said.

Brock was charged with retail theft.

Stolen Topiary

A topiary was stolen from the front of a business in the 1000 block of CurtissStreet sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 9 a.m. on Oct. 17, police said. The topiary was described as a clay plant pot with a fake pumpkin attached to a stick.


Retail Theft

Melissa A. Cabrera, 18, of the 600 block of Poplar Avenue in Elmhurst, and Rachel N. Stelter, 19, of the 500 block of Elizabeth Street in Lombard, were arrested around 7:26 p.m. at a retail store in the 2900 block of Finley Road, police said. 

According to the report, a loss prevention officer observed Cabrera and Stelter place miscellaneous clothing items in their bags, then leave the store without paying. The total value was about $380, police said.

Both women were charged with retail theft.

Public Drinking

Robert J. Okonski, 51, of the 700 block of Liberty Street in Wheaton, and Russell L. Fisher, 55, of the 3900 block of Saratoga Avenue in Downers Grove, were arrested around 10:57 a.m. outside 7-Eleven, 4240 Main St., police said.

The arresting officer said he was on routine patrol when he observed two men near 7-Eleven drinking from silver beer cans, according to the report. Both men were charged with drinking in public.

Car Burglary on Fairmount Avenue

Two cars were burglarized in the 5800 block of Fairmount Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. and 8:19 p.m., police said.

The only thing taken from either of the vehicles was spare change.

Car Burglary on 63rd Street

A car was burglarized in the 2000 block of 63rd Street sometime between 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 and 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 16, police said. A disabled parking placard was stolen from the rear view mirror.

Car Burglary on Benton Avenue

A car was burglarized in the 5300 block of Benton Avenue sometime between 9 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 17, police said. No items were missing, but various objects from the center console were scattered on the front passenger seat.

Property Damage

Two waste containers were damaged in front of a home in the 2600 block of Burlington Avenue, police said. The incident occurred sometime between 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 8 a.m. on Oct. 16.


Battery, Disorderly Conduct

Barron M. Willard, 40, of the 2000 block of 18th Street in Broadview, was arrested around 12:07 a.m. in the 1200 block of Butterfield Road, police said.

Police received a report just after midnight of a woman being struck by a man inside a bar. A member of the bar's security staff told officers they went inside with the woman, and the man charged at her and "went crazy," swearing and swinging his fists, police said. 

Willard was charged with disorderly conduct and battery, police said.

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