Man Given Multiple Dead Skunks and Very Unlucky Thieves
A look at unusual crimes in our Patch region this week.
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.
A Northbrook grocery store reported that someone stole $304.73 worth of crab legs.
A Skokie man found a dead skunk in a plastic bag hanging on a plant holder next to his home’s entrance. At first, he thought nothing of it and called animal control. Later that day, the man found another dead skunk in a plastic bag hanging in the same location. The man, baffled by the incident, told police he doesn’t know who would do this to him.
Northbrook police said a man honked at a vehicle that had stopped to let a bike pass, then stepped out of his car and punched the window of the stopped vehicle.
Niles police responded to a call about two men tampering with a soda machine at a gas station across the street from the police station parking lot. While there, a witness walked across the street, identified himself as an off-duty Chicago police officer and said he had stepped outside a bar to have a cigarette and saw the men taking turns using a pry bar to open the cash slot on the machine, police said.
Niles police said they found several burglary tools, including a pry bar, tire iron, several screw drivers, pry rod, channel locks, and two barbecue forks, inside the men's vehicle.
Someone used black spray paint to write graffiti on a white sign in Skokie. The sign read “Keep Illinois Clean.”