Teen Gets Caught Shoplifting With Her Dad Nearby and Unaware

Man who "died choking on spam spam spam" will be upset his tombstone was stolen.

Retail Theft Arrest

A 15-year-old girl was cited under city ordinance for retail theft after she was seen placing items under her shirt, then putting them into a bag with other items she had purchased, at Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, at 11:58 a.m. Oct. 23. She was with her father, who had no knowledge of the theft, police said. Both were brought back into the store, where it was discovered she had reportedly taken $52.90 worth of merchandise. She was released on bond.


A decorative grave marker was stolen from the front of a home on the 600 block of South Hawthorne between 11 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. Oct. 20. The marker was about 3 feet high and 1 foot wide and said, "Mr. Creosate was a large man, he finally died choking on spam spam spam."

A wallet containing about $250 in cash was stolen from the area of Butterfield and Mitchell after the owner left it unattended while he ran cross country between 8:10 and 9 a.m. Oct. 18.

About $665 in merchandise was taken from CVS Pharmacy at 6:37 p.m. Oct. 12. An employee of the store discovered the theft after performing an audit of merchandise. He then watch security footage that shows the suspects concealing items inside their clothing and exiting the store. The suspects are male blacks; one wore a dark hat, black hoodie, black pants and black shoes. The other was wearing a black, white and red hat, black hoodie and gray pants.

Three heavy-set women are suspected of shoplifting at Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, at 7:46 p.m. Oct. 19. One of them was seen taking a pink Hello Kitty shirt and placing it in her purse. They left the store in a red Pontiac Grand Am. Total loss is $14.99.

A brown leather tri-fold wallet that contained 300 in European currency, $180 in US currency, credit cards and a German ID was lost or stolen as the wallet's owner exited the Metra train, 128 W. First St., between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

Two Interstate batteries, two GPS units, a Metco jump-start box and an injector drive module, all worth nearly $2,000, were taken from a vehicle parked at USA Road Express Inc., 471 W. Wrightwood Ave., between 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 8:35 p.m. Oct. 21. The rear passenger side window was broken.

A resident of the 700 block of South Berkley told police she smelled cigarette smoke in her garage after discovering someone had broken in between 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 7:40 a.m. Oct. 23. The vehicle's driver side door was open and coins were stolen.

A resident of the 1000 block of South Euclid received notice from the Social Security Administration that her direct deposit account had been changed. The victim had never authorized the change and went to the Bloomingdale office to try to rectify the issue. Police are investigating.

A woman between 30 and 40 years old was seen on surveillance video taking two bottles of Ciroc vodka and miscellaneous toiletries from Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, and leaving the store without paying at about 9:06 p.m. Oct. 22. Value of the items taken is $110.34.

A woman and her husband were visiting a grave site on the 500 block of East Grand Avenue at 4:28 p.m. Oct. 21 when a red vehicle pulled up next to their vehicle, which was parked about 25 feet from where they were standing. When they walked toward their vehicle, the suspect took off at such a high rate of speed that the vehicle fish-tailed. Taken was a $300 purse, credit cards and $100 cash. The purse and some contents were located in the road. Video surveillance cameras are in the area.

A woman attempted to take $95.94 in merchandise from Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, at 3:50 p.m. Oct. 23. She was stopped by store security and fled without the items. She was last seen driving northbound on Route 83. Police are following up.

A blonde, freckle-faced, teenage girl with braces took a black iPhone 5 worth $650 from AT&T Mobil, 291 N. York at 7:24 p.m. Oct. 23. She was chased by employees, but they lost site of her. A police dog from Lisle attempted to track her but lost her scent at York and Fremont. Security video was brought to the police department by a store employee.

Commercial Burglary

A scaffold plank worth $300 was removed from a home being built by JJ Doherty Builders on the 100 block of Oak Street between 3 p.m. Oct. 12 and 7 a.m. Oct. 15. The home is still being framed, so there is no way to lock the property. A neighbor saw two men about 18 years old exit the construction site the evening of Oct. 13.


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