Man gets prison, could be deported for Naperville drug crime

Larry Bebo
Larry Bebo

A man from Naperville who has served seven prison terms has been ordered to serve his eighth, after being convicted of heroin possession last spring while driving near his home.

Larry Bebo, 55, last lived on the 1600 block of Hinterlong Lane, in the Bridgewater area of Naperville’s northwest side. He pleaded guilty Wednesday in DuPage County Circuit Court to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, following his most recent run-in with the law in April.

Paul Darrah, spokesman for DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, confirmed Bebo was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $1,182 in fines and court costs.

Court records indicated Judge Blanche Hill Fawell presided over Bebo’s case. Fawell gave Bebo 85 days of credit toward his sentence for the time he has spent in DuPage County Jail since being arrested.

Additionally, officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have placed a “no bond” hold on Bebo, who might face deportation proceedings.

A Naperville police officer arrested Bebo about 1 p.m. April 9, as he was driving his blue, 2012 Nissan Versa near Golden Gate Lane and Tudor Drive, not far from his home.

Police Sgt. Bill Davis in April said the officer “was familiar with Mr. Bebo, and (knew) that his driving privileges are revoked.” The officer then stopped the car and charged Bebo with driving with a revoked license.

Davis said the officer subsequently found eight small, plastic packets hidden inside one of Bebo’s shoes. Six of them contained a total of 2.3 grams of heroin, while the other two held small amounts of heroin.

An examination of court documents revealed Bebo since 1980 has been arrested or ticketed at least 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 the arrests have been for battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, theft, trespassing and alcohol-related crimes.

One unusual case occurred in September 1991, when Bebo escaped from DuPage County Jail while there in a prior criminal matter. He was found and then sentenced that December to 30 days in jail for making the escape.

Bebo also was charged three times in three years with making or altering Illinois State Lottery tickets. Authorities in 1999 said Bebo would cut losing lottery tickets apart and then reconfigure the numbers printed on them, making them appear to be winners. Police subsequently found a total of 74 altered tickets and the glue stick Bebo used in that scheme.

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 strangest 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. He was arrested and charged with attempted false alarm/complaint to 911 and disorderly conduct, and sentenced to 12 days in DeKalb County Jail.

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