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Pizza Delivery Turns Criminal, Cab Fare Turns Violent

A look at weird crimes in the northern Chicago suburbs.

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.

Rum brazen

A burglar entered an unlocked Evanston home and stole diamond earrings, a video camera, credit cards and dark Bacardi rum.

Large pepper-oh-no!

A pizza delivery boy reported his car stolen after delivering a pizza in Skokie. According to the report, the employee left his car running while delivering a pizza. When he returned, he saw that his vehicle was gone.

Nerd thief giggles all the way to nerd fence

Someone stole a laptop computer, a Garmin GPS, Targus backpack, chess set and TI calculator from a car parked in Evanston.

How does senior center deal with possible leaks? Depends.

Police responded to a theft at a Skokie senior center where six water sprinkler caps/plugs were missing from the building.

Terrible exit strategy

A cab driver picked up a Riverwoods man in Chicago who said to take him to Deerfield, then fell asleep. After reaching Deerfield, police said the driver twice woke up the man to ask for further directions, and the man asked to exit the cab there. When the driver asked for the $76.45 fare, the man said, according to police, “So it’s going to be like that,” and began to hit the driver about the face while still in the cab and tried to gouge his eyes.

The driver was able to unlock his seatbelt and pull the man from the cab. He then drove away, called police and the man followed on foot. Police found the man and arrested him for battery and theft of services.


SuzyQ January 20, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I do not enjoy the "funny" headlines for the stories here. I don't find them amusing . . . the headline writer needs to find another avenue for his lack of talent.
Linda January 20, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Suzy Q, yes I agree. The writer's attempt at being clever or witty, goes flat. If we want humor, we'll read the comics or The Onion. Just the facts please...
Silvio Dante January 20, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Yes, it is just you....Lighten up. Stating that the writer has a lack of talent shows that you are lacking in a sense of humor. If you want everything to be serious, and square, read the Northbrook Star instead.
lee January 20, 2013 at 09:13 PM
How's this headline: Class war in Aspen? Winnetka Billionaires threaten jail to peon: From the Aspen Daily News' Johnny Boyd: "Mulcahy may well become an Aspen legend. He is suing a billionaire for a dollar. Do I need to repeat that? He is suing a billionaire for a dollar! That’s the best punch line to the stupidest joke I’ve ever heard and the billionaire is taking it seriously and sending out an armada of high-priced attorneys to fight him. The entertainment value from this lawsuit alone will keep this column stoked with subject matter for years. In a civilized society the ability to criticize our masters is the last bastion of freedom. It’s obvious that the SkiCo’s intent is to silence any dissent in its ranks and the community by culling one poor sap from the herd and destroying his rights completely. I have to give Lee Mulcahy credit. He has protested for his rights instead of slinking away after the corporation exiled him. The restraining order against him at the Aspen Institute proves that he isn’t about to stop. He has fought valiantly against overwhelming odds with little backing from anyone except a few friends. The lack of support for such a brave individual illustrates how few brave individuals there are. The SkiCo can’t be allowed to single out citizens for punishment. It’s petty. It’s cowardly. It’s unconstitutional. It’s embarrassing. It’s going to make a great movie after I’m done writing the screenplay. Grow a pair, Aspen."
Skokie Mike January 20, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I can just picture you sitting behind your computer typing away "Meh! These headlines are not to my standard! Not funny, I declare! Meh!" As someone who LOVES OMG PD, I think the headlines are awesome. And the ones that bicker over this type of content - something that almost every local publication does - are probably miserable about something. Also, you want just the facts? Then click the links which report "just the facts." I'd tell you people to lighten up, but you're probably to busy writing a letter to Kix cereal stating that you "find the cereal healthy but not delicious." Keep up the awesome work Patch! This was a fun read while watching some Sunday afternoon playoff football! Mike -
Moe @ the Buck January 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM
If your looking for serious journalism, the Patch is definitely not the place to go. There the best at writing articles one sentence long and firing up all the readers. They could write a title "Bushmaster" and no article and you'll get 300 comments. Funny.
Elizabeth January 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Moe, learn grammar. They're the best at writing articles, not there.
Moe @ the Buck January 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Thanks Elizabeth, I'm gonna try my best to ga, ga, ga, proof read my comments before I post. My grammar probably qualifies me to become a Patch writer:) well la de frickin da, we got ourselves a writer over here! Who is that dad? Is that Bill Shakespeare I see over there or what?
Pete January 21, 2013 at 06:55 PM
People always gota cry bout something. If you check thier status ill bet you find they live in morton grove !!!!!
Katie Osmon January 26, 2013 at 03:55 PM
They're probably the same people who cried about the sounding board in the news letters on the Metra. I thought they were hysterical! Unfortunately, it's people with no sense of humor, that read stuff like this, that the rest of us find funny, complain about. Why does everything have to be so serious all the time? Have those of you that are too serious and uptight tried to pull that lump of coal out of you know where to see if it's a diamond yet? Maybe learn how to have fun again and not be so serious all the time. :)
John Brinkmann January 26, 2013 at 05:16 PM
well stated Katie---what is it Readers Digest says---"Laughter is the best medicine" or something like that---I concur---we need to lighten up and laugh during difficult times---even with sensitive subjects sometimes...and do we really need to give a crud over poor grammar and typo's when reading and writing posts on Patch or related online formats---NO...if it's Pulitzer prize worthy writing you want, it's probably best to look elsewhere

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