OMG PD: McDonald's Smoke Bomb, 28 Cartons of Cigs Stolen

A roundup of the more bizarre items from local police blotters.


Homeless man makes death threats, throws beer cans

A woman reported that a homeless man with a goatee was throwing beer cans and threatening to kill her around 3:31 p.m. near the intersection of Hillgrove and La Grange, police said. The woman declined to press charges and just wanted police to talk to the man. Officers issued the man a warning.

No popcorn for dog

Officers were called to the intersection of Ashland and Elm around 12:48 p.m. for a report of a man feeding a resident’s dog popcorn. The man denied offering popcorn to any dogs and was sent on his way.

Teens hiding in bushes

Officers were called to investigate a report of three teens hiding in the bushes around 10:02 p.m. at 7th and 51st near La Grange Bible Church, police said. The teens were playing hide and seek and advised to go home.


28 Cartons of Cigs Stolen

A man stole nearly $2,500 worth of cigarettes from a van in the 500 block of S. Austin. He grabbed 28 cartons of cigarettes from an unattended van and fled on foot. He was described as a white or Hispanic male, 35 years old, 6 feet tall and about 170 pounds. The man was wearing a gray jacket and blue pants. 


McDonald's Smoke Bomb

Three male juveniles were possible offenders in setting off a smoke bomb in the men's room at McDonald's, 624 N. Harlem. Police are still investigating the incident. No damage was reported. 

Earlier that day, police were called to Koehneke Center at Concordia University in reference to another smoke bomb being set off and the theft of a sweatshirt. Security said three male juveniles were seen in the building, and police continue to investigate the connection between the two incidents. 


Man Fondles Himself to CTA Passenger

A 21-year-old Chicago woman said that at about 11 a.m. March 6 at the CTA blue line stop in Forest Park, 711 Des Plaines Ave., 

Entered a car in an eastbound train and was the only person in it. A black man, between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, wearing a black skull cap, dark jacket, dark jeans and black Nike shoes.

He sat down directly in front of the woman and spread his legs to keep her from moving. He then took out his penis and fondled himself while looking at the woman.

As soon as the car stopped at Harlem Avenue, she jumped outside to look for security. She turned around and saw the man waving at her, still from inside the car when it left the Harlem station. The woman took a westbound train back to Forest Park to meet her family and report the incident. 

Man Says He Has Weed Prescription

Isiah C. Cirton, 24, of Chicago, was ticketed under a village ordinance violation for possession of marijuana. Police said he was panhandling in the 400 block of Des Plaines Avenue, and when he was asked if he had anything illegal he replied, "Yeah I have some weed on me, but I have a prescription."

Police found four small bags containing 4 grams of marijuana inside his wallet, but no prescription was provided. 

Man Smokes Weed, Flees Police, Causes Car Accident

A Broadview man who led police on a chase, causing a car accident, was charged with fleeing the scene and illegal transportation of alcohol, police said.

After an officer stopped a car March 4 near Madison and Home in Oak Park and got out of his squad car, the driver took off and caused an accident after running a red light. 

Police stopped to help the other person involved in the accident, and another officer later saw the people who fled crash into a tree at Elmwood and Madison. 

The passenger was picked up by two Chicago police officers as he left the car. He was later released without charges filed against him. The driver, Brandon S. Smith, 27, of Broadview, fled on foot but was tracked down in an alley. 

Police searched the car and said they smelled marijuana. They found several used, empty sandwich baggies in the front seat, as well as a digital scale in the glove compartment, all items "consistent with the activity of drug sales," according to police. 

An open bottle of Patron tequila was also found in the car. 

While at the police station, Smith told police he fled because, "I knew my license was suspended and I didn't want to get locked up." Smith said he hasn't worked since September, but he was in possession of $1,045 in cash. 

He was asked whether he dealt drugs, and he denied that but said he did smoke weed in the car before being pulled over. Police said Smith also has five drug-related convictions on his record. 

Smith was charged with attempting to flee from a police officer, driving with a suspended license, failure to signal, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol. 

He was given a March 7 court date.


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