Plainfield Police Blotter: Thieves Target Elderly Homeowner; Arrests for DUI, Phony Police Report

Arrests and incidents reported by Plainfield police, other agencies, Nov. 1-9.

Nov. 1

Stolen packages

Will County Sheriff's police said someone stole two packages from the doorstep of a home in the 14000 block of South Faulkner Court.

Thieves target elderly man

An elderly man said two men knocked on his door in the 17000 block of South Pauline Drive in unincorporated Plainfield and asked if they could fix his concrete sidewalk, police said. After conversing with the man, the two suspects left, and the victim realized a safe had been stolen from his bedroom. The safe contained miscellaneous policies and papers, according to Will County Sheriff's police. The sheriff's department has been warning residents to beware of scam or ruse burglaries targeting the elderly, nothing that several recent incidents have been reported in Homer Glen and Homer Township. From the sheriff's department:

Suspects have been described as males, either Hispanic, Hispanic looking, and/or white. Some are on foot and others have driven a vehicle and parked in the victim’s driveway while they commit the crime. The crimes are occuring during the day in the mid afternoon hours. Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas is asking caretakers, neighbors, and relatives of the elderly to please educate them about these types of crimes. They should be made aware not to allow anyone inside their home during daylight or evening hours. If they believe something appears suspicious they should contact their local police department immediately. Be an observant neighbor. If you see something suspicious please call the Sheriff's Office or your municipal police department and provide as much information as possible, such as, physical descriptions, number of people, vehicle type, license plate number, and direction of travel. If anyone you know has experienced this type of crime, please notify your local police department or the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 815-727-8575.

Nov. 3

No insurance

Allen Matza, 27, of the 2400 block of Flower, Joliet, was arrested by Plainfield police at 11:42 p.m. at 135th Street and Vicarage Drive and charged with driving a vehicle with suspended registration/no insurance, police said. Bond amount was $3,000.

Nov. 5

No registration

Brian Anderson, 40, of the 100 block of West Center Street in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was arrested by Plainfield police at 7:27 a.m. at 119th Street and Route 59 and charged with driving on a cancelled, suspended or revoked registration, police said. Bond amount was $1,500.

Nov. 7

DUI arrest

Denis Witek, 37, of the 1100 block of New York Avenue in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was arrested by Plainfield police at 6:25 a.m. in the 14400 block of South Route 59 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct, police said. Bond amount was $3,000.

Nov. 9

Reckless conduct

Lee M. Hopper, 35, of the 24000 block of Brown Lane, Plainfield, was arrested by Will County Sheriff's police and charged with reckless conduct, police said. 

False report

Gerald W. Jefferson, 28, of the 1600 block of Peter Lane, Romeoville, was arrested by Plainfield police on an in-state warrant for making a false police report and taken to the Will County jail, according to Will County booking records. Bail was set at $5,000.


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