LAKE FOREST — Checking suspicious vehicles suspected of being connected to car burglaries led to an arrest of a Deerfield man on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Eric S. Gottesman, 27, of the 1300 block of Dartmouth Lane in Deerfield, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia on June 16, according to Lake Forest police reports. Deputy Chief Rob Copeland said it was determined Gottesman had nothing to do with the burglaries.
Police observed Gottesman in a parked vehicle shortly after midnight on June 16 in the 1300 block of Woodhill Lane, according to the report. Copeland said a police officer made contact with Gottesman because of a suspicion he could be involved in a rash of car burglaries the past three months.
“They work in pairs,” said Copeland of the burglars. “One goes looking for unlocked cars while the other remains in the chase car and picks (his partner) up later.”
Copeland said there have been five car burglaries so far in June, five in May and five in April. In all cases, the cars were unlocked.
“We’re watching for that very closely,” said Copeland.
When officers approached the car, they smelled the odor of cannabis, according to the report. Copeland said Gottesman told the officers he had half a gram of cannabis and a pipe in the car.
On further investigation, Copeland said police found six orange pill bottles of prescription drugs. Two were labeled and four were not. Police said the bottles contained Benzodiazepine, Diazepam, Clonezapam and Propranolol, which led to the felony charge.
“They were not in his name,” Copeland said referring to the prescription for the pills.
Gottesman is free after posting the cash portion of a $5,000 bond, according to a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He posted the bond on June 16.
Gottesman is scheduled to appear in Lake County Criminal Court on July 12 in Waukegan for a preliminary hearing, according to Cynthia Vargas, the communications manager for Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim.
If convicted of the felony charge, Gottesman could face between one and three years in prison, according to Illinois statutes.