The clerk at the Thortons Gas Station at 91st and Cicero called the Oak Lawn police on December 1st when a man allegedly became belligerent after being denied a cigarette purchase and allegedly helping himself to bottles of water.
The clerk told the police that Gerran Harris attempted to buy tobacco but he didn’t have an ID to scan for the sale. She told Harris that she couldn’t sell the cigarettes to him without the ID, which made him irate. He did leave the store at that time but returned at about 5:50 a.m.
When Harris returned, the clerk said that he once again tried to purchase the cigarettes and once again could not produce an identification. When the clerk told Harris that she was still unable to sell the cigarettes to him he did not leave quietly.
Instead, Harris not only became irate but in the words of the clerk became “vulgar, verbose and belligerent.” Harris allegedly called the clerk a “bi…”, a half-white bi…”, and a “snitch”. The clerk told police that the language disturbed her and when Harris demanded that he be allowed to buy two bottles of water, she demanded that he leave the premises and never return.
He left the premises, but allegedly did not pay for the water. When the police saw a man matching his description, he allegedly had two bottles of water. Harris, a 25 year old black male, with a Texas address, was charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass.