An admitted heroin addict who told police he steals items to purchase the drug was arrested Saturday for felony retail theft, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of hypodermic syringes, according to a Bannockburn police report.
Laurence Wolf, Jr., 21, of Round Lake Park was arrested after being observed removing more than $300 worth of merchandise from Dominick’s by loss prevention personnel at the store, according to the report.
During questioning by Bannockburn Police, Wolf admitted he was “addicted to heroin” and “has been supporting his need for heroin by stealing items,” according to the report. The felony charge carries a prison sentence between two and five years.
Wolf was observed on a store camera by loss prevention personnel removing a number of DVD’s from store displays and placing them in a shopping cart, according to the report. A later look while Wolf was shopping showed the DVD’s no longer in the cart.
The loss prevention agent observed Wolf on the floor of the store, watched him leave Dominick’s without a purchase or a cart and confronted him outside the store, according to the report. He was then detained by the agent and searched.
While the loss prevention agent was questioning Wolf, he searched him and discovered not only the DVD’s, but three packages of mints, a package of chewing gum and seven hypodermic syringes, according to the report.
Wolf was transported to the Lake County Jail where he remains in lieu of posting the $3,000 cash portion of a $30,000 bond. He next appears in Lake County Criminal Court at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in Waukegan.