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Weird Crime: Teen didn’t mean to hand pot to cops and more

Free of charge, we offer tales of odd news, strange crimes, dumb criminals and otherwise silly stories from the Chicago suburbs.

Time for a new watch

LAKE FOREST, Jan. 14 — Fourteen watches valued at more than $20,000 were reported stolen from a home in the 200 block of east Old Elm Road. Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the home, located just east of Route 41, and found a first-floor window smashed in and two upstairs bedrooms ransacked.

Strings attached

LA GRANGE, Jan. 21 — A 38-year-old Glendale Heights man was arrested and charged with felony theft after he allegedly attempted to steal a cell phone valued at more than $500 from an AT&T store. That cell phone, however, was connected to a security cable that triggered an alarm. Kevin J. Dolan, 38, of 1442 Eagle Court, Glendale Heights, was tackled and held by an employee of the store until police arrived, a police report states.

A clean getaway

BURR RIDGE, Jan. 24 — After showering in a health club, a man returned to find his wallet stolen from his locker at Lifetime Fitness, 601 Burr Ridge Parkway.

What came first, the crime or the collection?

BURR RIDGE, Jan. 27 — A resident of Pine Tree Lane reported that sometime in the past nine years, someone stole a stamp collection, valued at about $4,000, from a closet in a bedroom in the basement. The resident’s insurance company required he file a police report when he made a claim.

Musical jail cells

DEERFIELD, Jan. 27 — The trip home from one jail cell turned into a trip to another jail cell for a Deerfield man. According to the police account, Jordan Leshtz, 40, of 411 Kelburn Road No. 122, had been arrested Jan. 27 in Lincolnwood; upon his release, he called for a cab to take him back to his apartment. Along the way, they stopped at a McDonald’s. When the cab arrived at his residence, he allegedly told the driver that he had to go inside to get his money, then never came out. The driver called the police — who confirmed with Lincolnwood that Leshtz had more than $50 in cash when he left their custody. Deerfield officers later arrested him, charging him with theft of services.

Marijuana and registration, please

PARK RIDGE, Jan. 27 — During a traffic stop in Park Ridge, a 16-year-old Prospect Heights boy allegedly handed over a bag of marijuana when asked for his drivers license. When the officer inquired about the bag, the teen allegedly replied, “I didn’t mean to hand that to you.” Police said the bag contained 10 grams of suspected marijuana and the boy was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of tobacco by a minor.

Three passengers, identified as two 16-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy, all from Park Ridge, were also cited for possession of tobacco by a minor, while another 16-year-old Park Ridge boy was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of tobacco by a minor.

Nothing to see here

GLENCOE, Jan. 30 — Police were dumbfounded to find a BMW teetering on top of an icy snow bank estimated to be between five and six feet high — and the car owner was still in her pajamas at Old Green Bay Road and Scott Avenue. After an investigation, Erin Etzler, 27, of 1094 Fisher Lane, Winnetka, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Time to think

GLENCOE, Jan. 30 — A 35-year-old woman was left in the dark while making a pit stop at a local grocery store. The woman told police she was in the bathroom at The Grand Food Center on the 300 block of Hazel Avenue when she was locked inside the store after hours. Police accessed a key to assist the woman.

Deer speared

ELMWOOD PARK, Feb. 1 — A large female deer’s attempt to jump the fence of an Elmwood Park home ended in tragedy. Police were notified when residents living on 1800 block of 79th Avenue discovered the deer had impaled herself on one of the spear-shaped spikes on top of a gate while trying to jump the fence. Police later removed the deer.

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