Two men were arrested and charged with various offenses after they allegedly attempted to steal liquor from the Oak Lawn Mariano’s and were chased by the store security personnel.
The security agent said that two men, a black male and a white male, entered the store carrying a green bag in a cart. The two men allegedly went into the liquor section and both began selecting multiple bottles of liquor. The liquor was apparently divided among the two men and they allegedly left the store without paying.
Police officers arrived on the 29th of March at about 5:30 p.m. after being called about a possible retail theft. By that time, the security agent was chasing a white male and a black male in the parking lot. The security agent caught up to the white male, identified as Paul Rowsey and was holding him for police.
The black male was described as wearing a zip up hoodie with a black skull cap and jeans. An Oak Lawn police officer stopped a man matching the description who was now running near Chipotle. However, the security agent couldn’t identify the man that was caught as being part of the two man group. So, the officer released the man. Rowsey was taken into custody for retail theft.
The security personnel knew that Rowsey and the other man had arrived in a Grand Marquis car and police claim that they found the green bag in the car along with liquor. The car was towed and an inventory search was conducted resulting in more potential trouble for Rowsey.
The police claim that the search of the vehicle found two baggies with white powdery residue that they suspect is heroin. The police also reported finding a glass pipe and a black IPhone. According to the store management, the value of the liquor allegedly stolen was $747.13.
Rowsey didn’t have any identification with him but fingerprints indicated that he was Paul Rowsey. Unfortunately for Rowsey, the fingerprints also indicated that he was wanted on two warrants for arrest. One of the warrants was a bond forfeiture warrant for a retail theft charge in DuPage County. The other warrant was from Cook County for an alleged probation violation.
Rowsey reportedly provided a statement to the police, allegedly admitting that he was driving the car. He also admitted that he picked up his accomplice and drove to Dyer, Indiana to shoplift at a Jewel. The two men surveyed the store and changed their minds after noting that there were too many employees at the Jewel.
According to the police, Rowsey admitted that he snorts heroin and that the bags of the substance found were both his property. He claimed his accomplice uses the glass pipe to smoke crack and had done so earlier.
Rowsey, a 42 year old white male, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, retail theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He provided a Summit address to the police. According to the Cook County Sheriff’s office, Rowsey is in custody at the Cook County Jail. He was booked into the jail on March 30th and as of April 9, 2018, the records indicated he was still in custody. According to the records, Rowsey has two bonds. One bond is for $15,000 and one is for $500,000. His next court date is April 18th in the Bridgeview Courthouse.