Oak Lawn’s Police Detectives once again made an arrest after conducting surveillance around 9:30 last month.
In this instance, the detectives observed a man they previously recognized, standing outside the Dollar Tree store at 105th and Cicero. The man, Ryan Malone, was under surveillance when he allegedly crossed the street to the McDonald’s. The detectives allege that they saw Malone approach two unoccupied cars and attempt to open the doors of the car but he was unable.
At one point, Malone allegedly walked to the west side of the building where he was observed by a witness allegedly urinating.
The detectives continued to observe Malone as he allegedly then entered the Circle K Gas Station and allegedly grabbed a Monster Energy Drink from the cooler, and began drinking it. The detectives claim he left the store without paying and he was confronted outside the store by the store clerk.
Malone then entered the nearby Walgreens store and returned shortly to a bench outside the store. At about the same time, the store called the police to report that a man fitting Malone’s description had committed a retail theft.
At this point, the detectives ended the minor crime spree by approaching Malone and taking him into custody. The detectives allege that Malone had twelve Benadryl gel caps in his hand. He also allegedly had Reeses Pieces and Good and Fruity candy on the bench next to him.
Malone was apparently annoyed with his arrest and allegedly made statements to the detectives claiming that they were “petty as hell”.
Malone did deny trying to enter the vehicles in the parking lot. In Walgreens, an opened bottle of Benadryl was found and a store employee claimed that Malone was sticking items down his shorts even though some items were falling out as he left the store.
Malone, a 25 year old white male, provided an Oak Lawn address. He was charged with retail theft and disorderly conduct.
Malone did not physically object to his arrest but he did attempt to allegedly verbally abuse the officers stating, “You got small d…”.