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A Goldfish Accomplice and a Dunk in the Lake

A look at unusual crimes in our Patch region.

A Goldfish Accomplice and a Dunk in the Lake

Local police departments provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.

Three male teenagers went into a Des Plaines liquor store and one of them took an adult magazine, police said. When the clerk asked for identification to purchase the magazine, the teen said it was in the car, grabbed the magazine, ran out the door, and left a plastic bag with live goldfish in it on the counter. One of the other teens appeared to be using a camera to videotape the incident.

The three were seen getting into a vehicle parked at a gas station and driving away. The clerk at the gas station told police that the three teens had purchased several snack items from the store. One of them placed a plastic bag with goldfish on the counter and said, according to the report, “Here you go, it’s a gift.”

After leaving the store, the same teen came back in and told the clerk, according to the report, “I’m sorry man, I’m gonna have to take the fish back.” He then took the bag of fish and left without incident.

Someone reported that a green stencil of an AK-47 machine gun had been painted into the sidewalk at a Glencoe school.

Three juveniles hit a person with a water balloon while the victim was riding his/her bike on the Green Bay Trail in Winnetka. Police found the three juveniles, who matched the victim's description, near the area. They admitted to throwing the balloons, but the victim chose not to pursue charges.

Police responded to a battery complaint in Skokie after two men allegedly gave each other “hard looks” and got into a “pushing match.” No charges were filed.

A Northbrook man was arrested in Wilmette after he allegedly posted an ad on Craigslist offering to share Adderall with a female. An undercover detective responded and agreed to meet. Police said he was in possession of 42 tabs.

A Franklin Park man was charged with drinking in public/open alcohol after an altercation at Lake Opeka in Des Plaines. Police said that the man became verbally abusive towards a Park District employee. A witness told the man to leave the employee alone, and the man became angry. The man attempted to pull the witness to the ground. The witness told police that prior to their arrival, he wrestled the man and threw him into the lake.


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