Last month, Oak Lawn detectives arrested a man for retail thefts based on surveillance.
The detectives were checking the Home Depot on 95th Street because the parking lot had previously been the site of several burglaries to motor vehicles and the business had been subjected to a few retail thefts.
The two detectives made the right decision because as they waiting in the parking lot they claimed that two men were walking through the lot looking into unoccupied vehicles. Eventually, the detectives claim that one of the men, Frederick Patton, walked to the front of the parking lot and picked up a receipt off the ground that was lying next to a vehicle. Patton allegedly placed the receipt in his pocket and he and the other man, Roy Burnett, entered the Home Depot.
One of the detectives followed the men inside the store and alleged that Patton took two glass globe cover lights off the shelf, proceeded to the customer service return line and then presented the receipt to the Home Depot employee for a refund.
Both men left the store with the money. Patton was stopped by the detectives and allegedly admitted that he used the receipt to procure a refund he was not entitled to receive. He allegedly even showed the detectives the $18.14 in cash that he received from Home Depot.
In response to a question, Patton also admitted to having a crack pipe according to the detectives. Patton was arrested and transported to the Oak Lawn police station.
Burnett denied knowing that Patton had picked up the receipt. He did consent to a search, according to the detectives, and the police alleged that they found a metal pipe with burnt residue in it. The police claim Burnett admitted that the pipe was his crack pipe and that he was addicted to crack cocaine for about ten years. Burnett was issued a village ordinance violation citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Burnett, a 59 year old black man provided a Chicago address to the police.
Patton, a 60 year old black man was charged with criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft. He allegedly provided a statement to the police claiming he has been an addict for thirty years. According to the police, Patton said that he planned on using the refund money for crack cocaine. Patton provided a Chicago address.