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Man With Red Hair Tries to Steal Ribeyes and Shrimp

Incident ends with a steak and seafood scuffle—and a getaway. Plus, see what else has been stolen in Elmhurst since last weekend.

Theft

A man about 30 years old, with red hair, entered Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, carrying a plastic bag at 12:22 p.m. March 19. He placed two ribeye steaks and a box of shrimp worth $30.95 into the bag, then headed out the door without paying. As he was leaving, a loss prevention officer tried to stop him and they got into a confrontation, police said. The offender pushed his way out the door, leaving the food behind. He fled in a white Ford Explorer, but the employee was unable to get the license plate number.

Police got a call for an abandoned truck on the 800 block of North Larch at 9:34 a.m. March 19. They located the red, semi-truck cab, which had no trailer. All of the truck's accessories were stripped off, and it was missing half of the rear double-axle tires. DuComm ran the vehicle identification number, and it came back as stolen out of Melrose Park. Officers from Melrose Park told Elmhurst police they would not be responding to the scene, according to the report. Elmhurst police were unsuccessful in contacting the owner.

Someone removed political signs from property on the 100 block of Haven at 1 p.m. March 17. Loss is estimated at $4.

A 32-year-old Elmhurst man was taken into custody at Kmart for stealing between $5,500 and $8,000 worth of merchandise and money from the store since September 2012. The man, who is an employee of Kmart, reportedly admitted the theft to police, but he has not been charged yet. Police are investigating.

A purse that contained a wallet, TCF Bank card, insurance card and miscellaneous papers, including a Mexico consular card, were stolen from a vehicle parked at Xsport, 621 W. North Ave., between 8 and 9:25 a.m. March 16. The passenger side window was broken to gain entry. Damage is estimated at $200.

Retail Theft Arrests

Lavergne A. Damico, 75, 1759 35th St., Oak Brook, was arrested and charged with retail theft for allegedly taking $229.93 in merchandise from Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, at 11:20 a.m. March 18. She was released on bond.

Alma Guadarrama, 35, 2027 Herbert, Berkeley, was arrested and charged with retail theft and obstructing identification after police said she was seen leaving Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, with $195.18 worth of clothes she didn't pay for at 1:56 p.m. March 15. She allegedly discarded the clothes into a flower bed outside the store. Police said she also gave them two different names. She was released on bond.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to contact karenc@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.

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