An Illinois man was taken into custody by Bolingbrook police on Jan. 4 after he was accused of stealing from a Walmart. According to reports, he was allegedly caught trying to steal a 32-inch Samsung television.
Authorities were called to the store at about 11:30 a.m. for a theft in progress. When they arrived at the scene, they took a 23-year-old man into custody as he was attempting to leave the store with the television. While they were in the process of apprehending him, the found four baggies of white powder, which turned out to be heroin. He also was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was charged with felony retail theft and unlawful possession of drugs. He was being held on a $30,000 bond at the Will County Adult Detention Facility. It was reported that the man had a criminal history that went back to 2012. It included charges involving illegal narcotics, possession of marijuana, aggravated battery and robbery.
The state of Illinois takes allegations of drug crimes very seriously. As a result, those who are facing drug charges, such as possession of marijuana, heroin or cocaine, could potentially be sentenced to jail if convicted. If the person has a criminal history, the punishments can potentially be more severe than they would be if it were a first offense. A criminal law attorney may open an independent investigation into the allegations to determine if the authorities violated the accused person’s rights at any time during the arrest. If there is evidence that authorities did not follow proper procedures, the attorney may work to have the charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
Source: Bolingbrook Patch, “BPD: Simmons Left Walmart With Stolen TV, Heroin“, John Ferak, Jan. 6, 2018