SATURDAY, FEB. 16
Financial Identity Theft
Someone fraudulently charged $2,200 to $2,500 on a man's credit card over the holidays.
The victim notified Discover and was issued a new card, but that the crime occurred again at a later date.
The victim then told police that the IRS notified him that his tax return was under review, even though he had not yet filed his taxes. The IRS told the victim to file a criminal report and to contract credit agencies to monitor his credit.
FRIDAY, FEB. 15
Financial Identity Theft
Two victims came into the Oak Forest Police Station to report financial identity thefts after two separate incidents.
The people told officers that they went to file their taxes with their respective tax services and were later informed by their services that the IRS refused to accept their taxes. The services told the victims that the IRS informed them that somebody had already filed taxes using both of their identities.
Police advised them to run credit history reports and inform the IRS of the problem.
Those Aren't My Drugs
Marci D. Gill, 35, of the 16300 block of S. Lawndale Avenue, Markham, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, speeding and other violations, following a traffic stop in the 15700 block of Cicero Avenue.
Gill was stopped after police clocked him doing 54 mph in a 35 mph zone.
During the stop, Gill appeared shaky, while continually reaching for a bag in the front passenger seat of the car, according to the report. Gill told officers that he was transporting a 'water bong' used for smoking meth to a friend's house, according to the report.
Gill also told officers that the bong was his, but that he no longer used drugs and that was why he was transporting it to the friend's house, according to the report.
Also in the car, police found another bag containing hundreds of small, plastic baggies commonly used for distributing narcotics.
Inside one bag, police found another bag that was locked. Officers believed the bag contained more pipes and narcotics, according to the report.
Officers cut open the bag and discovered two clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth, one plastic bag containing three pills of suspected Xanax, one purple bill of suspected Aderol, two vials containing suspected Rohypnol and one glass pipe used for ingesting meth.
Gill told officers that the bag and everything in it were not his, according to the report.
Gill was taken to the station and processed, before being placed in a holding cell to await transport to the Bridgeview Courthouse.
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