Weird Crime: Motorist buries DUI evidence in the snow and more

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Buried beer uncovers DUI

LAKE FOREST, Jan. 23 — A 41-year-old North Chicago man was seen burying something in the snow after being involved in a one-car accident at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 23 on Route 41 at Old Elm Road in Lake Forest. A responding officer followed footprints in the snow and discovered several empty beer bottles buried a short distance away. Margarito Garcia-Morales, 41, 2516 Martin Luther King Drive, North Chicago, was arrested and later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said Garcia-Morales failed field sobriety testing, but because he refused to complete all chemical tests requested, his driving privileges will be suspended for at least one year. He was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 25.

It’s hard to quit smoking

VERNON HILLS, Jan. 28 — Jessica V. Bernat, 18, of 322 Plumwood Lane, Vernon Hills, was charged Jan. 28 with retail theft after allegedly leaving Easy Food Pantry, 1304 S. Milwaukee Ave., without paying for $25.97 worth of electronic cigarettes, police said. She is scheduled in court March 13.

Lewd drive-by

LA GRANGE, Feb. 2 — A man driving a black sedan allegedly pulled over in front of two females at 8:40 p.m. Feb. 2 and began masturbating, according to a police report. The 19-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl told police the incident occurred at near Maple and Edgewood. The man didn’t speak to the girls or attempt contact with them, and eventually drove away. The man is described as white, in his 20s of average weight with dark hair. He wore dark clothes and drove an older black car with a gray interior.

Books and booze

LA GRANGE, Feb. 5 — A 27-year-old Elmwood Park man was arrested at LaGrange Park Public Library Feb. 5 and charged with public intoxication. Andrew Lynch, of 23 N. 76th Court, Elmwood Park, was found intoxicated at 4:48 p.m., lying on the second floor of the library, police said. Paramedics were called to transport him to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. A no trespassing order was issued against Lynch entering the library again.

Cover your tracks

LIBERTYVILLE, Feb. 5 — Footprints in snow that led to a number of vehicles and doors to houses helped police charge a Libertyville man with three counts of burglary, two counts of trespassing to vehicles, trespass to property, criminal damage to property and resisting a police officer. Armando Aldana Jr., 22, of 336 Second St., Libertyville, was allegedly seen walking up a driveway in the 200 block of East Church Street and opening an unlocked car. The snow tracks led to a number of additional attempted thefts, police said.

If you haven’t had enough precipitation ...

NILES, Feb. 7 — A 40-year-old man told police that the driver of another vehicle spit in his face through the open window of his car on the afternoon of Feb. 7. The incident occurred in a parking lot on the 8500 block of Golf Road after the victim said he was nearly struck by the other car and told the driver to watch his speed, police said.

Con artist leaves a tip

GLENCOE, Feb. 7 — An employee of HomeMade Pizza Company at 300 Park Ave. was duped into giving $98 to a quick change artist who walked into the business Feb. 7 at about 5 p.m. The man attempted to pay for two beverages with $4. It was then he asked the employee for change for a $100 bill. When the change was given, the offender tipped the employee $2. After the man left, the employee realized he took the $100 bill too.

Mama needs a new pair of shoes

RIVER FOREST, Feb. 10 — The director of public safety for Concordia University in River Forest was arrested last week after allegedly masturbating inside the office of a school employee. Tim Margis, 38, of 13910 S. King Road, Homer Glen, is accused ejaculating into a shoe belonging to a female Concordia employee on the night of Feb. 10, River Forest Deputy Police Chief Jim O’Shea said. According to police, the employee reported seeing Margis exit her office around 9:30 p.m. while buttoning up his pants and fastening his belt. Police said that after Margis left, the employee discovered a “clear liquid” inside one of her shoes, which had been left in the office. Detectives interviewed Margis at his home and he later admitted to entering the office and committing a lewd act there, police said. He was charged with public indecency and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor charges.

More than a handful
BARRINGTON, Feb. 11 — The Victoria’s Secret store in South Barrington has been a repeated target for bra and underwear thieves as police are now investigating eight thefts since Sept. 25.  The most recent was reported Feb. 11, when thieves lifted $2,350 in bras and underwear. According to police, a store employee reported that two females in their 20s took 40 bras and 20 pairs of underwear before leaving in a red Dodge Charger.

Who was that masked mom?

GLENCOE, Feb. 12 — A large raccoon, possibly giving birth, was reported Feb. 12 on the 800 block of Glencoe Drive. A resident saw the raccoon in a backyard. The raccoon was last seen jumping off a fence and running away.

Breaking Bad?

LA GRANGE, Feb. 12 — Firefighters responded to reports of smoke from a science lab at Park Junior High School, 325 N. Park Road. An experiment with heating sugar on a Bunsen burner caused the sugar to smoke, which activated a smoke detector and an alarm.

Thanks for the ride

FRANKLIN PARK, Feb. 13 — A 25-year-old man accepted a ride home from a gas station in Maywood from a man and woman at about 11:45 p.m. Feb. 13. When they arrived at his house on the 9700 block of W. Nevada Street, the man driving said, “You owe me something.” The 25-year-old said he only had an identification and a cellphone. The driver then pulled out a small semi-automatic pistol and told him to hand over the cellphone. The 25-year-old did so then ran into his house.

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