Oven Door, Pizza Stolen and a Scout Fight
A look at weird 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.
A dispute between a Niles landlord and a repairman over payment for inspecting an oven led the repairmen to take the over door with him, according to police.
A two-and-one-half foot cement garden statue of St. Francis was stolen from the backyard of a Wilmette residence.
A pizza delivery driver in Evanston was making a delivery and was robbed by two teens of $23 worth of pizza.
Several purses and belts were stolen from a Wilmette residence.
Several Boy Scout leaders got into an argument inside a Skokie restaurant. The argument escalated and the party was asked to leave the business. While outside, one leader slapped a cell phone out of the hands of another leader, police said.
A man in his 20s used an unknown tool to pry the front panel off a Wilmette gas pump and bypass the payment system. Police reported that the man had used a credit card to start the gas pump, charging only $2 worth of gasoline before breaking into to the system. The man then drove away.
A 19-year-old from Morton Grove attempted to steal three small packages of luggage rubber bands from a Wilmette store, according to police. She had purchased a $300 piece of luggage, but was seen by a store loss prevention officer attempting to steal nearly $26 worth of luggage rubber bands.