A 30-year-old Naperville man who has already served time for attempted robbery, burglary and drug possession has been sentenced to two more years in prison, for having had heroin in his possession earlier this year in Bolingbrook.
Erik J. Wanska last lived on the 300 block of Avena Circle, in the Prairie Ridge area of Naperville’s far south side. He was transferred Tuesday from Will County Jail in Joliet to the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, according to records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Bolingbrook police arrested Wanska about 3:20 p.m. Jan. 28, while investigating a robbery that had occurred earlier that day. Wanska turned out not to have been involved in that crime, but was found with heroin and hypodermic needles in his car, police Lt. Mike Rompa said.
Wanska pleaded guilty April 14 in Will County Circuit Court to a Class 4 felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Judge Daniel J. Rozak that day accepted his plea and imposed the prison term, court records showed.
Rompa said a police patrol officer was watching as a white, 2002 Volvo S40 “abruptly” pulled into the parking lot of a service station on North Bolingbrook Drive, as the squad car was approaching the area.
The driver, subsequently identified as Wanska, “parked at the gas pump, exited the vehicle, walked toward the gas station and then retreated back to his vehicle as he saw the officer drive around the station,” Rompa wrote in an email. Wanska “then entered his vehicle and drove away, without purchasing anything,” Rompa said.
Wanska’s description matched that of the at-large robbery suspect, Rompa said. After the officer stopped the Volvo, Wanska “was very nervous, adjusting his waistline.”
“The officer also observed a syringe cap in the vehicle,” Rompa said. “Upon further investigation, Wanska revealed he possessed used syringes and small baggies containing (suspected) heroin.”
“A total of nine syringes and 2.5 grams of heroin were seized,” Rompa said. The Volvo was impounded.
Prison and court records indicated Wanska was sentenced in June 2006 to two years in prison for a March 2005 robbery attempt in Bolingbrook.
He was sentenced a month later to three years and six months in prison in connection with a June 2004 burglary in Naperville. Wanska in June 2009 was sentenced to a year in prison, in a February 2009 case of drug possession in Naperville.