Woman dies after being detained for shoplifting
BY STEVE METSCH SouthtownStar
A woman died Thursday night after being detained by security for allegedly shoplifting at a southwest suburban Kmart.
Maryann Gurin, 53, was pronounced dead at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights at 7:54 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Police responded at 7:16 p.m. to a call of a shoplifter in custody in a security office at the Super Kmart at 16300 Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park, according to Tinley Park police Cmdr. Steven Vaccaro.
Gurin was being detained for allegedly trying to take clothing from the store when her breathing became labored and she became unresponsive, Vaccaro said. Two of her children, 18 and 14, were with her at the time.
An ambulance was called and Gurin was taken to Palos Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Vaccaro said preliminary autopsy reports indicated Gurin suffered cardiac problems and had a history of medical problems.
Gurin’s address was not immediately known, but Vaccaro said she had lived in Tinley Park and Orland Park. “It’s tragic,’’ Vaccaro said of the incident.