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Holiday Thief Sneaks Through Chimney and Fruitcake Crime

A look at weird crimes in the northern Chicago suburbs.

Holiday Thief Sneaks Through Chimney and Fruitcake Crime

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.

Police Regret Calling in Columbo for this one

A 16-year-old Winnetka boy was arrested for stealing pumpkins and scarecrow decorations from a Wilmette home. They boy accidentally dropped his wallet on the home’s lawn, and after police tracked him down, he admitted to his involvement and was released to his parent, police said.

Aggressive regifting

Someone threw what appeared to be a fruitcake at a car in Arlington Heights, damaging the side view mirror.

A Lake Zurich man was charged with misdemeanor theft after attempting to take DVD's from a Quentin Tarantino box set from a Palatine store.

Let's hope they don't arrest all men who conceal underwear in their pants

A Wheeling man was cited for concealing men’s underwear in his jacket and left a Morton Grove store without paying for the items.

Llook out, Llamas on the Lloose!

Four llamas broke free from their pen at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night and found their way to the intersection of routes 14 and 22 in Fox River Grove during the height of the evening rush hour. By the time Fox River Grove Police arrived at the scene the owners of the renegade llamas were rounding them up and working on bringing them home.

Santa's evil twin

Someone stole a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital donation container and ransacked the delivery room full of packages and presents while an Arlington Heights apartment complex office was closed on Thanksgiving Day.

According to police, it looked like the offender or offenders entered a common gym room and crawled through a two-sided fireplace with glass doors in order to gain access to the main office.

A man stole 25 packages of Gillette razors from a Libertyville drug store.

More proof of subterranean populations and their potlucks

Someone stuck approximately 20 plastic knives and forks in the victim’s front lawn in Morton Grove.

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