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Cicero mayor’s nephew stole beer using Cicero car: cops

Joseph M. Terrana

Joseph M. Terrana

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Updated: March 1, 2012 8:27AM

The nephew of Cicero Town President Larry Dominick has been arrested for allegedly stealing $287.54 worth of beer from a Jewel in Stickney on two separate days by wheeling it in a cart out to his Town of Cicero car in the grocery store parking lot, police said.

When he was arrested on Thursday, the nephew, Joseph M. Terrana, 41, was wearing an official Town of Cicero municipal jacket.

He told police he was on his break from his Town of Cicero job — he’s a part-time driver for senior citizens and others in need in town.

It’s at least the fifth time Terrana has been arrested. He’s been convicted three times, including twice for theft.

Terrana, in fact, was still on probation the first time he was hired by the Town of Cicero in April 2007 as a garbage man.

Terrana was hired just a few months after his aunt, Elizabeth, married Larry Dominick.

Terrana was on two years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft in 2005 for stealing Glade candles, Corona beer, Red Bull, Gatorade and Pepto Bismol from a Jewel in Arlington Heights.

Corona is apparently one of Terrana’s beers of choice, because that was one of the brands he is accused of stealing from the Jewel in Stickney, police said. He also picked up some Tecate, some Negro Modelo and some laundry detergent.

In September 2009, Terrana was forced to resign from his Cicero garbage man job for alleged improprieties. The town won’t give specifics.

In February 2010, Terrana was fired from another job, this time working for the Cicero and Berwyn high school district as a janitor, after testing positive for having five illegal substances in his system, school records show.

In January 2011, the Town of Cicero hired him back as a part-time driver at $12 an hour.

The hiring came even after Terrana had repeatedly failed to mention the extent of his criminal record on both of his town job applications, records show.

As of Friday, Terrana was keeping his Town of Cicero job — with no discipline, Cicero town spokesman Ray Hanania indicated.

Hanania wrote in a statement that the criminal charges against Terrana — which Terrana denies — are being investigated by the town’s inspector general.

“President Dominick is not involved in the case at all. Any decision about Terrana’s status will be based on the results of the IG’s investigation. No action has been taken against him pending the investigation,” Hanania wrote.

When Terrana was arrested Thursday, Stickney police were waiting for him in the parking lot, thanks to some good police work.

Terrana had been spotted on a store surveillance camera about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday allegedly stealing some beer and taking it to his car, which appeared to have Town of Cicero lettering. Terrana took off and wasn’t arrested, police said.

On Thursday, Stickney officers saw what appeared to be the same Town of Cicero car in the Jewel parking lot, so they waited to see what would happen.

About 4:50 p.m., police saw Terrana allegedly wheeling out $149.82 worth of Corona and Negro Modelo, authorities said.

Given Terrana’s criminal background, Stickney police asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to approve felony charges but were initially denied, authorities said.

State’s attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly said on Saturday though that the charges are expected to be upgraded.

Terrana is currently facing two counts of misdemeanor retail theft.

It’s unclear how close Terrana is to his uncle, Larry Dominick.

But when police asked Terrana where he lived, he gave the Cicero town president’s home address, authorities said.

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