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OMG PD: Odd Crimes in Our Patch Region

This week: a creative attempt at retail theft, an irate (and drunk) hotel guest and a stolen nacho cheese dispenser.

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. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Please e-mail the editor with any questions or to provide proof of expungement.

A Chicago woman tried to make off with two pairs of shorts from Old Orchard Mall June 13 by wrapping aluminum foil over their anti-theft sensors to prevent them from triggering the entranceway’s security alarm, police said.

The woman allegedly selected two pairs of True Religion shorts, valued at $154 apiece, and entered the fitting room at Bloomingdales. When she left the room, security personnel checked it and noticed the two shorts were missing. She was stopped and security personnel discovered the aluminum foil.

A Niles man was hosting a party June 12 in a hotel room at the Des Plaines Hilton Garden Inn, when the manager began to receive several complaints about the noise. The manager warned the man that he and his guests would have to quiet down or they would be asked to leave, according to police. The man got into a verbal altercation with the manager, and brought his party into the hotel lobby. He again refused to leave when the party got too noisy, according to the report.

The manager called police. When they arrived, they said the man could barely stand and smelled of alcohol. The man shouted that he was being treated unfairly and police told him that he had to leave.

While they were escorting him out to a cab (which the hotel provided free of charge) the man said: "I paid for this room. This is ridiculous, I'm not leaving." Police said he repeated this at least 10 times before he began yelling at the cab driver about how the police were violating his rights.

He was then arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.

Hotel management said he is not welcome back.

Two port-o-potties were set afire at 10:16 p.m. June 7 in Wilmette’s Langdon Park, at the corner of Sheridan Road and Chestnut Avenue. 

Glencoe police unexpectedly uncovered an underage party after stopping a taxi that made an illegal U-turn in front of a Glencoe house. When the flashing lights of the police car went on, up to 30 teens fled from the house, police said, leading to an arrest for the host and several citations for underage drinking.

Chivalry isn't dead, just violent

A Mount Prospect man allegedly punched another man who was making derogatory remarks about the first man's wife, police said.

All this happened at a Niles wedding reception. Ah, love.

A Des Plaines police officer reported seeing two vehicles drag racing and driving more than 100 mph in a 40 mph zone June 12. The officer was able to follow one of the vehicles, driven by a Hammond, Ind., man, which eventually broke down after disobeying five stop signs and two red lights while traveling at speeds up to 97 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to police.

A Skokie business owner reported June 14 that he was unsure of the whereabouts of numerous party items after an unknown person accepted their delivery to the business. The items include a nacho cheese dispenser, karaoke system and 70 folding chairs.

A U.S. flag and flagpole were taken sometime between June 7 and June 11 from an Oak Park home in the 200 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. The flag was secured at the time. The estimated loss was $20.

Clark Kent June 18, 2011 at 02:29 PM
The moustache in this article's photo is about as real as William Shatner's "hair."
Arne Asada June 18, 2011 at 09:38 PM
$154 for one pair of shorts! Bloomingdales should be the one charged with a crime.
George Slefo June 19, 2011 at 06:26 AM
The brand was True Religion. And yes, that is a lot of money for shorts!

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