OMGPD: Dumb and Dumber Crime, Grinches, Lousy Houseguests

A collection of odd, quirky and sometimes just plain weird crime reports from around the area.


Stupid Criminal Tricks?

OK, you’re wanted on an outstanding warrant. You get locked out of your car. Who you gonna call? Why, the Police Department, of course! A 22-year-old Geneva man must have figured Batavia police wouldn’t know about his warrant for failure to appear at a DuPage County court hearing. As you might guess, it didn’t work out so well for Anthony Serrato, who was taken into custody. He posted $300 bond in addition to the FTA fee and $17.81 service fee.


Gotta Keep Your Composure

Jonathan Madison, 23, of the 1300 block of High Point Drive, Romeoville, and Arsenyl Hall, 25, of the 400 block of East Avenue, La Grange, were charged with felony damage to state-supported property, police said, after Hall kicked in a Clarendon Hills Police Department window while waiting for Madison to be processed for DUI at 4:56 a.m. Dec. 6, and Madison knocked over two light posts in front of the department after Hall was taken into custody.

The damage took place after Madison was observed to be under the influence of alcohol during a 1:32 a.m. speeding stop on northbound Route 83 near Ogden Avenue, police said. Hall was a passenger in the vehicle.

Madison was charged with DUI in addition to the felony damage. Both men were transported to DuPage County Jail.


Smile, You’re on Camera, Breaking Into City Hall

Batavia police are offering $50 to anyone who can identify the guy who threw a wooden Christmas decoration through a glass window at City Hall, then strolled around a bit before escaping on foot. Police have video of the 20-something white man, which is posted on the Batavia Crimestoppers Facebook page.


Wardrobe on the Fly

A business at Town Square Wheaton reported at 8:38 p.m. that three males entered the business through a side door and later fled through a door carrying stacks of clothing. The value of the stolen clothing was estimated at $5,752.


Baby Jesus Kidnapped

No one is immune from holiday humbug uncovered in the Batavia police blotter, and that includes Snoopy and the the baby Jesus holiday decorations that were stolen from the yards of homes this week.


Grinch Grabs Lighted Reindeer, Inflatable Dog ...

A resident of the 900 block of East Michigan Street reported that overnight, someone stole a white lighted metal frame reindeer with white lights and a 6-foot inflatable golden retriever from his front yard. The theft occurred overnight. The value of the two Christmas decorations was estimated at $85.


Stay the Night, But Don’t Take My iStuff

When two ships pass in the night, you don’t expect the crew to steal your cargo. There were actually two cases this week when houseguests left residences with more than they arrived with. In one case, the suspect offender spent the night, and when the victim woke up, the offender was gone and so was his iPad tablet. The loss was estimated at more than $500.

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