COOK COUNTY, IL – A 33-year-old Maywood man is now facing burglary and retail theft charges after breaking and entering two commercial stores and stealing more than $6,000 worth of lottery tickets, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
On Nov. 1, Sheriff’s Police Detectives, with the assistance of Franklin Park Police Detectives, arrested Dion Johnson, of the 800 block of South 13th Avenue in Maywood.
Johnson was identified as the offender who unlawfully entered a deli on the day of his arrest and stole $6,327 worth of lottery scratch off tickets. He was also identified as the offender who previously broke into a hardware store located in Franklin Park and took various tools.
During their investigation, detectives gained access to video footage from both locations and a nearby gas station that showed Johnson using a brick to break in and enter each location and retrieve the stolen items. Footage also identified the vehicle with stolen license plates that Johnson used during each burglary.
While being taken into custody, detectives recovered suspect narcotics from Johnson after he attempted to dispose of them.
A name inquiry of Johnson was conducted and returned with an active warrant for burglary out of DuPage County.
On Nov. 3, Johnson appeared for a bond hearing at Maywood Courthouse. He was charged with burglary and given a $75,000 D bond, a Class 2 felony. He was also given a $15,000 D bond for manufacturing/delivering 1<15 grams of cocaine, a Class 1 felony and was denied bond for the charge of retail theft. He currently remains in custody.
The public is reminded the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.