A neighbor saw a woman, who she thought looked suspicious, sitting in the driver’s seat of a Pontiac that was parked in driveway of 8700 S. Newland, which was a vacant home. She claims that she asked the woman what she was doing and the woman claimed she had recently signed a lease and was moving in to the home.
The police arrived to find that the car was listed as stolen from Wisconsin but the woman, later identified as Connie Smiley, had left the home on a blue “kid’s” bike. After her description was broadcast, another officer found someone matching that description at a Citgo Gas Station on 87th Street.
The police described Smiley as “uncooperative” when they found her at Citgo. The witness positively identified Smiley, according to the police.
The police claim that they found knife in the waistband of Smiley’s pants and located a green medicine bottle containing one gram of cannabis along with a metal pipe, known as a one hitter, in Smiley’s bag. A search of the bag, according to the police, also found a driver’s license for Alexis Pena, who when contacted said she had lost her wallet a few days before in Oak Brook Terrace. Pena said she didn’t know Smiley and wanted to press charges. Pena did sign a complaint for possession of stolen property.
The owner of the car said that he had reported the car stolen and that he did not give anyone permission to use the car. He told the police that he thought his keys may have been stolen from his house. Smiley had a single car key and a keyless entry pad. The entry pad did open the doors to the vehicle but the car wouldn’t start or “turn over” according to the police when they tried the key.
While in custody, Smiley decided to cooperate and tell her side of the story. She claimed that she was “passing through Oak Lawn” on her way to Cleveland for a Machine gun Kelly concert. She told the police that she had posted a Craigslist ad requesting a ride to the concert from her Wisconsin hometown. She reportedly claimed that “two white hippie stoners” gave her a ride although she didn’t know their names and thought they were from Madison, Wisconsin or attended school in Madison. After arriving in the area, she told the officers that she met a black man named “Marcus” who struck up a conversation after Smiley noticed “Marcus” had Wisconsin license plates.
According to Smiley, she was driving around with Marcus but the pair parted company after Marcus called her “stupid”. Smiley denied driving the car and couldn’t tell the officers where Marcus might be. Smiley, a 36 year old white female, with a Wisconsin address, was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and theft. She was also issued a citation for possession of cannabis.