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Test Drive Turns Criminal and a Fridge Goes Missing

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.

Good luck fencing it

The rear driver's side window of a vehicle in Palatine was shattered, and a black leather case that contained a fiber optic test meter, valued at $30,000, was taken.

Test drive and dash

Two men took a test drive of a $22,000 truck at an Arlington Heights car dealership. After the drive, one of the men stayed in the truck while the other went to negotiate a sale inside the dealership. No sale was made.

The next morning the truck was no longer parked at dealership lot. A check of the key the men returned revealed the men kept the original key and gave the salesman a copy, which was not electronically coded to the truck. Police believe the men had a hand-held key copy device to make the stealthy switch and steal the truck. 

A citizen waived down police shortly after a person knocked down his Virgin Mary statue and broke his window in Skokie.

Porches sans frontieres

Plastic lawn furniture was thrown from one Highland Park residence into the back yard of another, an outdoor light was placed on a front step and a second set of lawn furniture belonging to another residence was found in the roadway. 

Thieves spotted doing 4 Celsius down the Edens

A display unit double-door refrigerator was stolen from where it was stored outside during renovation of a Winnetka business.

When geeks turn criminal

An ashtray full of change, a mathematics textbook, psychology textbook and a Texas Instruments TI-84 scientific calculator were stolen from a car in Palatine.

RoboSquirrel prepares for winter

A driver in Glenview reported the lug nuts on their vehicle were loosened, causing a tire to fall off while the vehicle was being driven, causing about $4,000 worth of damage. 

Debbie Mitchell November 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Just a comment on the refrigerator being stolen. The joke is lost because 40 Celsius is boiling hot, not cold!
Me November 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Actually, 100 C is boiling (for water) but that is simply a detail.
Jen Mironas November 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I'm all for clever taglines, but this is way too much. Makes me want to unsubscribe....
Moe @ the Buck November 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
If you subscribed to the patch for real news and accurate journalism, well, that's just funny itself. The patch is kinda like the North Shores High School gossip column. Want real news, go to the big boys.
Rob November 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It's almost funny that the "big boys" are considered real news too! Long gone are the days of real news with no commentary or personal agendas.
Nancy November 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Kudos to the writers for having made news on "weird crimes" memorable - they put a chuckle in my day!!
lucas November 25, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I laugh at Patch daily
Mark Martin Andrews November 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
It said 4 Celsius, not 40.
Tea November 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! Where's the sense of humor?! Lighten up people! As Charlie Brown would say... Good Grief!! ;)
Joe November 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Fun stuff + reminder to watch YOUR stuff. I enjoy it.
Bonita November 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Well, then again, stolen items are called "hot" items in some circles.....ha!

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