Oak Lawn police were called to Walgreens on 95th Street for a retail theft complaint by the manager, who had confronted the alleged offender and recovered the merchandise.
When the police arrived, the manager told the officer that a man tried to push a shopping cart out the door without paying. The manager, who was in the liquor department, chased after the man and recovered the items.
The police found a man matching the description near Kolmar on 95th Street. When asked where he was coming from, the man allegedly said Walgreens. He said he couldn’t provide an identification card but claimed his name was Jessie Sanders, who didn’t have a record according to the police.
Of course, the man standing before the officer was not Jessie Sanders. When the man was patted down by the police they found a wallet that contained a blank check with a man’s name on it, a visa gift card signed by Chester Palmer, and two identification cards belonging to a woman.
The man volunteered that he was not the woman or the man whose name appears on the blank check. He was in fact, Chester Palmer.
Chester Palmer had an active warrant for his arrest involving drugs. A search of Palmer, allegedly located Heroin in his shoe.
Palmer was charged with retail theft, obstructing identification, and possession of a controlled substance. The woman could not be located but the owner of the check sent his son to pick it up from the police.
Palmer is a 55 year old black male with a Chicago address. He is being held in the Cook County Jail with no bond due to the warrant.