Police Blotter: Officers nab $6,000 of pot in stop
April 25, 2012 9:58PM
Updated: May 28, 2012 8:44AM
JOLIET — Police reportedly seized $6,000 worth of marijuana from two men Tuesday night.
Chief Mike Trafton said that at 7:19 p.m. police spotted a blue 2002 Dodge Neon with expired registration at Fourth Avenue and Richards Street.
“As officers approached, the driver, Iban Pantoja, 21, rolled down the window and they could detect the strong odor of cannabis coming from inside,” Trafton said.
Pantoja’s passenger, Juan C. Dominguez, 21, was wanted on two counts of failing to appear in traffic court and police searched the vehicle. Trafton said officers found a plastic bag containing 60 grams of cannabis wedged between the front seats.
Pantoja, of 1309 Quail Drive in Plainfield, and Dominguez, of 727 Elmer St., were booked into the county jail on charges of cannabis possession.
Cops: Man took roomie’s credit
JOLIET — Police say a man racked up $2,700 worth of charges on his former roommate’s credit cards last year.
On Dec. 12, Alex J. Dauzvardis, 29, allegedly stole two cards from the victim, who reported it to police that day, Chief Mike Trafton said.
Detective Chris Schott began an investigation and obtained a warrant for Dauzvardis in late January. He remained at large until Tuesday night when he was stopped while riding a motorcycle and identified, Trafton said.
Dauzvardis was booked into the county jail on a charge of identity theft.
on crime spree
SOUTH WILMINGTON — At least six residents woke up Tuesday morning to find their cars and garages had been rifled through or pilfered of valuables.
“We are looking for leads,” Sgt. Jeff Cole of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday afternoon. “If anyone saw anything suspicious or hears anything, they should call the department or Crimestoppers.”
The burglaries most likely occurred between 11 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The six residences hit were on Lemmon, Oak, and Rice streets and Second Avenue. Some residents reported that they had not noticed anything missing, just that someone had gone through their things in their cars or garages, all but one of which had been left unlocked.
One resident did report a 40-inch television had been stolen from his garage, and another said she was missing an Apple iPod from her car. Others reported items stolen included small amounts of change or dollar bills and a bag containing a child’s costume jewelry.
One resident said eggs were taken from his garage refrigerator and smashed on the dashboard and exterior of his car.
Cole urged anyone with information on the crimes to call Crimestoppers of Grundy County at 815-924-9667 or the Grundy County Sheriff Department at 815-942-0336.
In other police news:
Lawrence J. Kallai: 63, of 314 Anderson Ave. in Joliet, was arrested by New Lenox police and booked into the county jail Saturday on a charge of driving on a suspended license.
Victor M. Oliva: 33, of 6015 W. 37th St. in Cicero, and Sergio Rodriguez: 38, of 1232 S. Grove Ave. in Berwyn, were arrested by sheriff’s police and booked into the county jail Saturday on charges of theft, vandalism and criminal trespassing.