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Unlocked car doors provided an easy gateway for burglars, according to crime reports released last week by Orland Park police. Two women told police that someone had opened their unlocked cars, parked in the 17300 block of South Grange Drive. Nothing appeared to missing from a car belonging to a 37-year-old woman, but a 21-year-old reported that prescription medications were stolen from her vehicle. In another incident, a 26-year-old man told police that a burglar stole a phone charger from his unlocked car, parked in the 11600 block of West Brookwood Drive. Also, a 50-year-old woman said that a burglar stole an automatic garage door opener from her unlocked vehicle, parked in the 11900 block of West Lissfannon Court, yet left such valuables as a GPS unit and a laptop computer. In another theft, a 53-year-old man told police that a pink GPS unit was stolen from his unlocked vehicle, parked in the 17400 block of South Brook Hill Drive. All of the crimes appear to have been committed between 11 p.m. June 6 and 10 a.m. June 7.

In other Orland Park police news, Michael Smith Jr., 22, of Dixmoor, was charged with retail theft. As a cashier working at a retail store in the 15700 block of South 71st Court, he allegedly scanned a coupon multiple times, saving a friend $57 on May 28 and $24 on June 4. Police said they were alerted by a store security official who had reviewed transaction logs and spotted an irregularity. Smith was given a municipal citation and is scheduled to appear at a hearing at the Orland Park Civic Center on Tuesday.

Brennan L. Duffy, Jason T. Carr, and William G. Manny, all 20- years-old and residents of Orland Park, were charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they saw the trio in a car parked at the Marcus Orland Park Cinema, 16350 S. La Grange Road, at 9:32 p.m. June 3. A search of the vehicle yielded a plastic bag containing cannabis, two smoking pipes, and two grinders, according to the police report. All three are set to appear at a hearing on Tuesday at the Orland Park Civic Center.

Police charged Luis Alberto Norman Jr., 21, of St. John, Ind., with battery, retail theft, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of cannabis. He allegedly stole four watches from a department store in Orland Square Mall at 8:10 p.m. June 5. When confronted in the parking lot by a store security officer, Norman allegedly punched him in the side of the head, threw a watch on the ground and drove away. Police curbed his car a short time later near 151st Street and La Grange Road. A search of the vehicle yielded three watches, a plastic bag containing cannabis, a half-empty bottle of bourbon, and a pill bottle with pills, some of which were alprazolam, according to the police report. Norman was given a court date of June 6 in Bridgeview.

Police charged Michael Capiak, 20, of Orland Park, with speeding and possession of cannabis. Police curbed his car near 159th Street and 80th Avenue at 1:16 a.m. May 31, after they said they saw it traveling at 70 mph, 25 mph over the speed limit. A search of the vehicle yielded a plastic bag containing cannabis, according to the police report. Capiak was set to appear in court in Bridgeview on June 23 to answer to the speeding charge. He is scheduled to appear at a hearing Tuesday at the Orland Park Civic Center, regarding the cannabis-related charge.

Nicholas A. Karstensen, 18, of Orland Park, and Robert J. Mantia, 18, of Orland Hills, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said their saw the pair, along with a male juvenile, riding bicycles in the 8100 block of West 157th Street at 1:31 a.m. June 4. Police said they found two smoking pipes and a grinder on the duo, as well as a plastic bag containing cannabis on the juvenile. The police report gave no indication of a hearing date.

Police charged Deborah Jean Newsome, 53, of Palos Heights, with retail theft. She allegedly stole a Michael Kors tote bag valued at $398 from a department store in Orland Square Mall at 3:18 p.m. May 28. Store security reported that she allegedly used a wire cutter stashed in her purse to remove security tags from the bag. Newsome was scheduled to appear at a bond hearing in Bridgeview on May 29.

A 76-year-old Orland Park man told police that someone stole his mailbox from in front of his home in the 8400 block of West Thorngate Drive, between 9 p.m. May 28 and 5:30 a.m. May 29. An officer responding to the call found the mailbox and attached post lying in a nearby yard.

Edward I. Hanania, 19, of Hometown, was charged with retail theft after he allegedly stole three men’s shirts and three bottles of cologne from a store in Orland Square Mall at 3:58 p.m. May 27. The police report gave no indication of a court date. 

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