An Erudite Vandal and An Odd Case of Road Rage

A look at unusual crimes in our Patch region.

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.

Skokie police responded to a theft at a Subway shop after a teen allegedly ordered a foot-long steak and cheese and fled the store after being handed the sandwich.

A Northbrook man was arrested after he allegedly vandalized a home by leaving dog and cat feces on the driveway, scattering papers in front of the home and pouring chemicals on the lawn. Police said the vandalism took place over several months and that the suspect was angry at his homeowner's association.

An 18-year-old man was driving in Northfield around 4:15 p.m. when a car began honking at him before passing him at a high rate of speed. When the other driver, a 61-year-old woman, got in front of him, she slammed on the brakes. They both got out of their cars, and as the man asked if there was a problem, the woman slapped him. Police brought both parties to the station, and although the woman never explained herself, the man said he didn't want to press charges. She apologized, and everyone dispersed.

Someone removed three handmade, wooden Easter bunnies from the front yard of a Des Plaines home. The bunnies were valued at $50. In another incident at the same location, someone took a three-foot tall, gray and brown hand-painted Easter bunny lawn caricature from the front of the home. That Easter bunny was valued at $100.

Someone took 12 flea and tick medication packets worth $890 from a Northbrook PetSmart.

A large stencil was used to spray paint a face on the fence of a Wilmette home. The homeowner said the picture reminded her of Che Guevara or the Shroud of Turin.


annie April 07, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I am not surprised about the road rage incident. Who can know what a driver is thinking that goes berserk behind the wheel? The kid should have pressed charges, so she learns not to do it again. I was at Lake/Waukegan the other day and the woman in front of me "wanted" to turn right on red, but the driver in front of her could not move up. She started laying on the horn, the driver in front of her got out of his car, and said is there a problem? She started swearing, gave him the finger and went up and over the curb to turn right.... Then turned into Hackneys. I am wondering if she was drunk too. This was at noon. Hindsight is 20/20. Next time, I am calling 911 and reporting the driver and you do need the plate # so the police can track that person down.
RB April 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I spend quite a bit of time driving in Chicago City. I think drivers are more courteous there than in Deerfield, Highland park. Less of a sense of entitlement , I think. Even grocery shopping there is a pleasure compared to having to sharpen your elbows before going in Jewell or Sunset Foods. Be nice people!
AliceCameron April 08, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Highland park is the absolute WORST city to drive in on the north shore....it is as if no one in that city understands 4 way stops...no one.
AliceCameron April 08, 2012 at 06:54 AM
On the other hand no one in deerfield seems to understand that those coming over railroad tracks have the right of way..
George Slefo (Editor) April 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I think Northbrook has the worst drivers out of anywhere. Massive SUVs are driven by people who can't maneuver them. Sorry Northbrook! =P
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) April 08, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Whoa, I've got to speak up in favor of Northbrook! I think our drivers have good manners, at least on the roads. Signaling, driving the speed limit, that sort of thing. When it comes to parking lot etiquette, however...no comment!
George Slefo (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 01:31 AM
@Jennifer Yes! I agree 100 percent! You phrased what I was trying to say perfectly. I was referring to parking. =)


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