An alleged theft at the local Target in Oak Lawn, last Thursday, turned into an arrest for drug charges, retail theft, driving on a suspended license and for an outstanding warrant with cooperation between Oak lawn and Evergreen Park Police.
Target called the Oak Lawn police as a black male, fled the store wearing a baby blue shirt and blue jeans. He allegedly was accompanied by a female as they jumped into white SUV. Witnesses provided a license plate number and noted the vehicle was headed east bound into Evergreen Park.
The Evergreen police spotted the vehicle and stopped it in an old Walgreen’s parking lot on 95th Street in Evergreen Park. The man, who was later identified as Lashaun D. Cole, allegedly opened the door and ran when the car stopped. Evergreen officers found him in the Binny’s parking lot and proceeded to handcuff him.
During the arrest, the officers allege that the man had a white powdering substance in his pocket, which he claimed was “baking powder”. However, it was inventoried as possible drugs because very few people carry baking powder in their pockets.
The alleged driver of the vehicle, identified by police as a black 18 year old female, Francheska Burke, was taken into custody. The officers reported finding 2 nest thermostats with security devices attached and a monster audio cable. Burke was arrested for driving on a revoked license after the witness from Target allegedly identified the two.
Lashaun D. Cole, 20 year old Wisconsin resident, allegedly had an active warrant from Cook County for retail theft and an extraditable felony warrant out of Wisconsin for 2nd degree sexual assault.
He was charged with retail theft and possession of a controlled substance. The merchandise was valued at $547.94. He appeared in the Bridgeview branch of the Cook County Circuit Court and was given “no bond”. He is currently in the Cook County Jail.