Police Report Numerous Offenses with 18- to 22-year-old Suspects
Deputy Chief Mark Wodka credits the influx to winter break and increased community vigilance.
Eleven suspects between the ages of 18 and 22 were charged with substance-related offenses between Dec. 17 and Dec. 20, according to the Hinsdale Police Department.
In addition to the heroin arrest Patch reported on Tuesday, five young people were charged with underage possession of alcohol, four with possession of cannabis, and one with DUI.
Deputy Hinsdale Police Chief Mark Wodka said the increase could be due to the fact that lots of college students are home for winter break. But Wodka also credited increased community and police-officer vigilance since a slew of recent burglaries with two of the catches.
“There are a lot more residents that are calling in suspicious behavior,” Wodka said.
Patch is not aware of the college status of any of the 11 suspects.
Wodka confirmed that the mild December weather has led to more suspects committing offenses outdoors, where concerned residents can more easily see or hear them.
Below are details of the charges.
Possession of cannabis—Luke F. Devitt, of 823 S. Park Ave. in Hinsdale, and Sean D. Bossy, of 144 E. 6th Street in Hinsdale, were charged with possession of cannabis after Hinsdale Police officers came upon the suspects in a group of four suspicious males standing between two homes in the 400 block of E. 8th Street at 1:56 a.m. Dec. 18 and detected an odor of cannabis.
Devitt, 20, was found to be in possession of a glass pipe with cannabis residue and Bossy, 21, was found to be in possession of a pill bottle containing the substance.
The two were charged and released on bond.
Possession of cannabis, illegal possession of alcohol—Matthew J. Stefani, of 109 Tomlin Cir. in Burr Ridge, and Nicholas D. Kladis, of 4 Erin Ln. in Burr Ridge, were charged with possession of cannabis after officers discovered the drug on the suspects during a traffic stop for improper lane usage on Ogden Avenue near Route 83 at 12:55 a.m. Dec. 20. Kladis, 19, was driving the vehicle; Stefani, 18, was a passenger.
Another passenger, 20-year-old Vineeth A. Maliakkal, of 8S165 Vine St. in Burr Ridge, was observed by officers to be under the influence of alcohol and was charged with illegal possession of alcohol.
All three suspects were charged and released on bond to appear in court.
Illegal possession of alcohol—Four underage passengers of a vehicle stopped for improper lane usage on Ogden Avenue near Adams Street at 12:03 a.m. Dec. 20 were charged with illegal possession of alcohol after they were observed to be under the influence by Hinsdale Police.
Those charged were 19-year-old Kevin P. Coveny, of 1157 Woodview Rd. in Burr Ridge; 19-year-old James M. Maillet, of 204 N. Adams St. in Hinsdale; 20-year-old Timothy R. Sheehan, of 305 Columbine Dr. in Clarendon Hills; and 19-year-old Victor S. Twardowski, of 438 Colfax Ave. in Clarendon Hills.
The driver was not found to be in possession of alcohol, but was cited for improper lane usage.
The four charged suspects were released on bond to appear in court.
DUI—Brenda Hurtado, of 2516 Clarence Ave. in Berwyn, was arrested after officers observed her to be under the influence of alcohol during a traffic stop for improper lane usage on 55th Street near Route 83 at 3:34 a.m. Dec. 18.
Hurtado, 22, failed field sobriety tests and a breath test indicated her blood-alcohol content was greater than .08. She was charged with DUI and improper lane usage before being released to appear in court.
Editor's note: This story previously stated that Devitt and Bossy were located because neighbors alerted police. This was incorrect. Officers on patrol came upon the suspects themselves.
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