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Men Try to Cash Fake Checks : Midlothian Police Blotter

Midlothian police reports, Dec. 18–22.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22

Don't Mind This Bottle of Booze Under My Shirt

Police were called to Madori's Liquor & Deli, 14710 S. Cicero Avenue, after the owner of the store reported a retail theft.

At the store, police spoke with the owner, who said a black woman came into the store around 9:10 a.m. And brought two bottles of liquor to the counter for purchase. The woman asked the owner if the store accepted debit cards, to which the owner told her the store accepted Visa and Mastercard.

The woman placed the two bottles on the counter and told the owner she needed to use the ATM and exited the store. Ten minutes later, the woman had still not returned and the owner put the bottles back.

Finding it odd that the woman did not return, the owner reviewed security footage and saw that the woman had placed a bottle of Remy Martin liquor under her shirt before exiting the store. The bottle is valued at $56.99.

The owner said that if the woman was found, he would like to press charges.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21

We're Just Trying to Cash a Phony Check

Christian Abrams, 29, of the 4000 block of W. 75ht Place, Merrillville, Ind., and Eric S. Gains, 20, of the 17100 block of S. Whitman Avenue, Hazel Crest, were both charged with deceptive practice, deception of a bank, following an incident at First Midwest Bank, 3737, W. 147th Street.

At the bank, officers spoke with a teller and manager who said the two men were in a white BMW with tinted windows and pulled into the drive thru lanes, trying to deposit a check. The teller said the check and amount were very high and that is why they called police. The two men, unable to deposit the check, drove off, but were pulled over by police a short time later.

Inside the car, officers found items such as checks, bank cards and more that belonged to neither of the men. Police took them into custody and charged them, before releasing them on bond. Both men are scheduled to be in court Jan. 16, 2013.

Just Paying My 'Dopeman'

Clara Marie Ratcliff, 53, of the 6800 block of W. Winding Trail Road, Oak Forest, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, no driver's license and traffic sign violation, after police witnessed her make a cocaine purchase in the 3300 block of W. 147th Street.

While on patrol, officers saw Ratcliff pull into a parking lot and make an unknown exchange with another driver. Police followed Ratcliff, eventually pulling her over at 149th Street and Lawndale Avenue for failure to stop at a stop sign.

While speaking with officers, Ratcliff told them she was, “Paying off her dopeman,” and that she had just purchased $20 worth of narcotics. She then handed officers two plastic baggies with a white, rock-like substance, which field tested positive as cocaine.

Ratcliff was arrested and taken to the Midlothian Police Department, where she was processed and transported for a Cook County bond hearing.

TUESDAY, DEC. 18

That's Why He's Not Allowed to Play With Guns

Jesse H. Johnson, 21, of the 14600 block of Abbottsford Road was charged with two counts of unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon, defacing firearm ID markings, criminal trespass and illegal possession of ammunition, following an incident in the 14600 block of Abbottsford Road.

Police were called to the residence after the complainant said Johnson was not allowed at the home and was with his friends, driving on the lawn. At the home, police saw Johnson walking around the glassed-in front porch.

Johnson saw the officers and began yelling at them, previously Johnson had stated he would shoot the next Midlothian police officer he saw, so officers quickly took him down and placed him in handcuffs.

After he was cuffed, officers spoke with the complainant, who said Johnson entered the home without their permission and was in the basement and front porch area. The complaintant said if Johnson did have a gun in would be on the front porch.

Officer searched the porch and found two guns inside a red duffel bag, which officers saw Johnson handling before they handcuffed him.

Johnson was taken into custody and then transported to South Suburban Hospital, because he said he wanted to harm himself. When he was released from the hospital, he was taken to the Midlothian Police Department, where he was charged and then awaited transport to a bond hearing on Dec. 19.

Police Blotter information is provided by the Midlothian Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Barb White December 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Please update the community of the fire/murder of E.Rodriguez?
Lauren Traut December 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hi Barb, The investigation is ongoing, and no new details have been released. As soon as we have them, we'll post an update. Lauren Traut, Associate Regional Editor
Titan Dad December 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
barb.......safe to say the murderer is still in the hospital recovering from the self inflicted throat slashing. if there was a murderer roaming the streets there would of been updates.
Baba Wawa December 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Really, Beav? You have personal knowledge of the investigation? FYI, police release very little details about crimes like this to weed out whackjobs and crackpots -- much like yourself -- to make sure they have accurate information from a tipster and/or the offender themselves.
Titan Dad December 28, 2012 at 02:28 AM
no babs,,,,really. are you that nieve? it doesnt take a genius to figure out that the police have to wait until the suspect is physically and mentally ready to be charged. when the police do not have a suspect that is when they ask for the publics help. they would never let so much time go by without a statement unless they already knew something. just sit a watch babs....you'll see. no tipster. no inside info...just common sense.

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