Shopping Cart as Weapon, Christmas Tree as Victim
A round-up of 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.
Someone stole 27 bottles of cologne, worth $1,458, from the Abercrombie & Fitch store at Northbrook Court.
A 72-year-old Wilmette woman was cited for battery after she allegedly struck another Jewel-Osco shopper three times with her shopping cart. According to police, the woman said she believed the other customer had more than the 15 items allowed at the express checkout lane and hit the customer with her cart because she was impatient.
A 59-year-old man was struck in the chest with an egg in Oak Park.
A man selected 10 or 11 bags of Tasters Choice coffee from a Skokie store and fled without paying. The owner of the business reported that a similar theft occurred several days earlier.
Security agents at a Niles store saw a 15-year-old Des Plaines girl take $32 worth of women's undergarments from a display, conceal them and leave the store without paying. Agents stopped her and recovered the items.
A woman trying to return several items at Pier One Imports in Skokie became so upset at the store’s return policy she allegedly damaged a Christmas tree while leaving.
Police are investigating the report of a theft of a snowplow in Highland Park.