APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. JAMES
D. CROSSON, Judge, presiding.
MR. JUSTICE LYONS DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:
Ann Thompson was convicted, following a bench trial, of the offense of theft [Ill. Rev. Stat. 1965, ch. 38, par. 16-1]. Judgment was entered on the finding and she was sentenced to a term of not less than one nor more than two years in the Illinois State Reformatory at Dwight. On appeal she contends:
1) that the trial court erred in denying her motion to suppress physical evidence;
2) that the trial court erred in denying defendant's motion for a directed finding at the close of the State's case, renewed at the close of the entire case;
3) that the finding of guilty was contrary to the weight of the evidence;
4) that she was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt;
5) that the existence of the corporation alleged to be the owner of articles stolen was not proven;
6) that venue was not proven;
7) that she was denied due process and equal protection of law by the trial court's actions with respect to the granting of a continuance on motion of the State;
8) that the trial court erred in admitting certain physical evidence;
9) that the court erred in allowing the State's Attorney to read other offenses allegedly committed by defendant into the record at the hearing on aggravation and mitigation.
At the hearing on the motion to suppress, Sergeant Frederick Stewart of the Skokie Police Department testified that on the afternoon of April 19, 1967, he was driving south on Niles Center Road in the suburb. He was on duty and was driving another officer to court. He received a radio communication indicating that three female Negroes in a black over green 1966 Ford were wanted in connection with a charge of shoplifting at Allan Star's store on Oakton Street. When last seen, the vehicle in which they were riding was proceeding westbound on Oakton, a street which intersects with Niles Center Road. Immediately after receiving the communication, the witness observed a car fitting the description given, including the description of the occupants and license number, traveling in a northerly direction on Niles Center Road. The witness turned on his mars light, reversed his direction of travel and pursued the vehicle.
The vehicle entered the southbound lane of Niles Center Road in an attempt to pass a funeral procession, then cut back through it in an effort to turn onto Main Street. Shortly thereafter Sergeant Stewart overtook it. The officer advised the occupants of his office and ordered them out of the car.
The officer who had been riding with the witness took up a position on the passenger side of the vehicle and stated to him that there were some dresses on the floor of the front seat. Officer Stewart observed ...