Jeremiah Brall, a convicted felon, was arrested on December 3rd and charged with retail theft after Oak Lawn detectives followed the man from a gas station into the Jewel Food Store at 103rd and Cicero and allegedly observed a theft as it occurred.
The police ran into Brall by chance as they were at the Mobil Gas Station at 10240 S. Pulaski due to a previous armed robbery. As they were checking the premises, they saw Brall enter the washroom and return 25 minutes later.
Brall has at least two previous convictions for burglary and was on parole at the time. His most recent burglary charge resulted in a stay at the Sheridan Correctional Center. The six year sentence began in October of 2014 and he was paroled on December 23, 2016 in time for Christmas that year.
Brall was known to the police officers and they followed him from the Mobil station to the Jewel and one of the detectives followed him through the store reporting that he had picked up multiple items and left the store without paying. Shortly after leaving the store, Brall drove away but the detectives followed and he was pulled over shortly thereafter.
Brall provided the police with a driver’s license with a different name that was later determined to be an alias for Brall. The police checked the system and found that Brall was on parole for a burglary charge. Brall claimed that he had legally changed his name but the police questioned how that was possible while he was on parole.
The police alleged that there were multiple items in the car. According to the police, Brall admitted to stealing two steaks, three bags of shrimp, bananas, cereal, pudding and garlic bread for a total value of $113.46. Brall, a 34 year old white male, with a Tinley Park address, was taken into custody and charged with retail theft, obstructing identification, and not having a valid driver’s license.
The Oak Lawn Police Department contacted the Illinois Department of Corrections, which reportedly decided to not issue a parole violation. A parole violation charge would have resulted in Brall being housed at the Cook County Jail pending resolution of the charges. However, he was given a court date instead.
A violation of parole conviction could have resulted in Brall serving the remainder of his term, which is set to expire December 24, 2019.