Police Blotter: Catalytic Converters and a Motorbike Stolen

Chicago Heights police reports. Aug. 13-14.



Garrett J. Hendron, 29, of the 200 block of W. Elmwood Drive, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of Joe Orr Road and Normal Avenue for speeding, according to the report. Asked to present his driver's license and proof of insurance, Hendron had a difficult time finding them, police said. Hendron told police he had a few drinks at the Tender Trap before driving. He took field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Hendron was also charged with speeding and having a blood alcohol content of .08 or more according to the report. 

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A 23-year-old Chicago Heights man told police his ex-girlfriend called him about seven times within a short period of time saying things like "You'll be in jail by this week" and "People are going to shoot you." The man told police his ex is upset because he has a new girlfriend.


Catalytic Converters Stolen

An employee of Copart Salvage Auto Auctions, in the first block of Sauk Trail in South Chicago Heights, told police someone cut the chain to one of the business's gates and removed the catalytic converters from three vehicles. Each of the converters is valued at $600, according to the report. The employee told police there was surveillance footage of people with flashlights in the parking lot during the time of the burglary.

Stolen Motorbike

A 29-year-old Chicago Heights woman told police someone entered the backyard of her 16th Place home sometimes between 10 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 1 a.m. on Aug. 13 and stole a yellow motorbike. The bike is valued at $800, according to the police report. 

Thrift Store Theft

A 60-year-old Chicago Heights woman told police she was shopping at the Salvation Army store in the 100 block of Halsted Street when someone took her purse from inside the shopping cart she was using. The purse contained several personal items, including the woman's car and house keys, as well as check books and a debit card, according to the report.


Elimelac Valesquez, 40, of the 1200 block of Sunnyside Avenue, was arrested and charged with domestic battery after his wife told police he returned home highly intoxicated and began to argue with her. The wife told police Valesquez was choking her when the couple's son walked in and intervened. Police observed red marks on the wife's throat and took Valesquez into custody, according to the report.

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