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Contraband Garage Sale and a Trail of $20s

A look at weird crimes in the northern Chicago suburbs.

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.

Unlike a good neighbor

A Buffalo Grove resident told police that he moved to Nevada over the summer, and when the moving truck arrived, he was missing a TV, two bicycles, a barbecue grill, lawn chairs, a folding table, a computer and monitor, a printer, fax machine, cassette recorder, Christmas ornaments, hand tools, clothing, a vacuum and record albums. The man had asked a neighbor to supervise the loading of the truck and place anything that did not fit into storage. The man learned from another former neighbor that the neighbor who supervised the loading of the truck held a garage sale, where some of the missing property was allegedly sold.

Catch of the day

A Des Plaines man was charged with retail theft after police found two bags of fish under his jacket outside a Niles store.

Criminal of the month award promptly rescinded

Two Chicago women were charged with retail theft after security agents at a Golf Mill Shopping Center store observed them trying to remove merchandise without paying for it, police said.

One of the women went to the parking lot and placed some of the items in a vehicle. Then she returned to the store to try to find her cell phone, which had been found by a store employee. The security agent then confronted them.

Fail safe

The owner of a Buffalo Grove business told police that when he entered the office one morning, he found $20 bills on the floor. The owner then checked the safe and found that $350,000 in cash was missing. The owner suspects a former employee, who knows the code to the safe.

A 19-year-old Skokie man was charged with resisting a peace officer and consumption of alcohol by a minor after police saw him fighting another individual outside a business while about 40 spectators watched. Police took him to Skokie Hospital to treat minor injuries. During his ride to the ER, police said he asked, “Did I win the fight?”

Paul Cohen December 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
What kind of business owner would leave $350,000 cash around?
Michelle December 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I felt that was unusual as well.
John L December 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
350k in 20's, and a former employee still has the combination? Am dying to know the name of this business:)
Betsy Skibinski December 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I smell a fish........
Tea January 02, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Yeah-- unbelievable nonsense!
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It was a TKO.
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