Man with nearly 100 arrests charged in Naperville drug case

Larry Bebo has been arrested or ticketed nearly 100 times and sentenced to prison at least seven times in his 54 years of living.

He has been convicted of everything from forging Illinois State Lottery tickets to making bogus 911 calls from a sandwich shop while clad only in boxer shorts.

The Naperville resident found himself in yet more legal trouble following a traffic stop not far from his home on Hinterlong Lane, for allegedly possessing heroin and cocaine, a Naperville police official said Friday.

And Bebo’s woes hardly end there. Officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have placed a “no bond” hold on the recently-arrived DuPage County Jail inmate while he awaits trial.

Bebo’s most recent arrest occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday, when a police patrol officer stopped his blue, 2012 Nissan Versa near Golden Gate Lane and Tudor Drive, in the Bridgewater area of the city’s northwest side.

“The officer was familiar with Mr. Bebo, and knows that his driving privileges are revoked,” police Sgt. Bill Davis said via email. The officer curbed the car and charged Bebo with driving with a revoked license, Davis said.

“Upon searching Mr. Bebo, small, plastic packets containing a white, powdery substance were found concealed in one of his shoes,” Davis said. Six of those packets contained what police believe was a total of 2.3 grams of heroin, he said.

Two other packets “contained 0.3 grams total of suspected cocaine,” Davis said. That was enough for police to charge Bebo with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, in addition to the revoked license charge, he said.

An examination of records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court revealed Bebo since 1980 has been arrested or ticketed some 90 times by police in Bartlett, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, West Chicago, Wheaton and Wood Dale. Most of those arrests have been for battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, theft and trespassing, as well as alcohol-related crimes, records showed.

A more unusual case occurred in September 1991, when Bebo escaped from DuPage County Jail while there in a prior criminal matter, according to records. He was captured and sentenced on Dec. 13, 1991 to 30 days in jail for making that escape, records indicated.

Bebo also was charged three times in three years with making or altering a lottery ticket with the intent to defraud, records revealed. Those crimes occurred in September 1996 in Wood Dale, December 1997 in Bartlett and October 1999 in Elmhurst.

Authorities in 1999 said Bebo cut losing lottery tickets apart and reconfigured the numbers that were printed on them, making them appear to be winners.

Bebo later confessed he conducted the ruse using tickets that paid small earnings, in order to avoid close inspection of the tickets by lottery agents. Police subsequently found a total of 74 altered tickets and the glue stick Bebo used in the scam.

Records showed Bebo was sentenced to a total of nine years in prison in the three altered lottery ticket cases. He has also been sentenced to 18 months in prison in a January 1994 case of felony retail theft in DuPage County; 18 months for a July 1995 retail theft in Elmhurst; four years and six months in a March 2006 case of credit card fraud and drug possession in Elmhurst; and three years for a September 2009 retail theft in Elmhurst, according to records.

Perhaps the oddest case involving Bebo occurred on Nov. 13, 2011, when he was arrested in a Subway sandwich shop in Sandwich.

Police went to the restaurant early that afternoon to investigate a report of a drunken man wearing only boxer shorts. They found the nearly naked Bebo on his cell phone making 911 calls, and then playing music for the emergency radio dispatcher who answered the calls.

Bebo was arrested and charged with attempted false alarm/complaint to 911 and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 12 days in DeKalb County Jail and placed on 18 months of conditional discharge, a form of probation, DeKalb County Circuit Court records indicated.

It could not be immediately learned Friday why ICE officials had placed the “no bond” hold on Bebo following his arrest in Naperville. Bebo remains in jail on $50,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear April 24 in DuPage County Circuit Court.