Rogaine Theft and Shopping Cart Rage
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.
An immature peach tree and a small cherry tree were cut down from a Wilmette home. The loss was estimated at $100.
Someone stole a three-page letter, two wine glasses, a sewing machine and a collection of personal paintings from an Evanston apartment.
A 39-year-old man was charged with retail theft after police said he attempted to steal seven packages of Rogaine from a Northbrook store. According to police, an employee watching surveillance video witnessed the man and an unidentified woman enter the store. The woman filled a backpack with the Rogaine, valued at $309.48, then they left without paying.
Police say the employee followed them outside, where the woman was getting into a car. The employee told her to drop the bag, which she did, then she got into the vehicle, driven by another unknown man, and fled the scene, leaving the original man behind.
A woman loading groceries into her vehicle in Skokie reported that another woman used her shopping cart to hit her vehicle several times.
A Northbrook 18-year-old was charged with retail theft when a security guard at a Golf Mill Shopping Center store saw him leave with several unpaid items, including two pairs of pants, two shirts and a belt, valued at $120. The security guard told police he saw a 17-year-old with him take a shirt valued at $18.