Frenchmen Arrested For Stealing Gift Cards In Park Ridge

SKOKIE, Ill. (STMW) — Two visitors from France apparently didn’t realize that that the more than 400 gift cards they allegedly stole from a Park Ridge grocery needed to be activated to be worth anything.

Park Ridge police said the men were observed by a store security agent placing the gift cards into grocery bags Friday evening at Dominick’s at 1900 S. Cumberland Ave. in Park Ridge. The men then tried to leave without paying for the cards and were stopped by store security.

A total of 436 gift cards were recovered, according to police. Without activation, specific dollar amounts are not credited to the cards and they have a value of only 27 cents each, police said.

Jean-François Abgrall, 43, of Sartrouville, France; and Laurent Salera, 42, of Bourdeaux, France, were each charged with retail theft. Bond was set at $1,000 each and they were assigned an April 12 court date.

–Pioneer Press, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


    Dumb ass Frenchmen, this is why the United States shouldn’t allow anyone to come here from other countries..

  • Come Here For Free Money

    We Americans always leave good Visa cards and Cash laying around. If you need anything while during your stay, just let us know. The gift cards are never any good until you pay for them and are activated by the cashier. I guess the travel brochure left that part out. It is a total cash value of 117.72 per the story,(.27 x 436) bond was 1,000.00 each, what a couple of stinky French A Holes.

  • Biotechwoman

    That’s also why the US should try and remove xenophobes from society like the small minded individual (AMERICAN) who responded. Do you have a passport? Have you ever traveled outside of say, your little provincial neighborhood? Most people visiting the US from France and other countries are bringing in their hard earned dollars and supporting US tourism. Americans should be grateful. As an American living abroad, I try and discourage my friends from visiting the US because all of you are a bunch of uneducated, white trash

  • Be Gone Biotechbtch

    These two clowns were stealing, not spending. Small minded? (All of Us) are small minded? You are (One of US) (American Living Abroad) Stay away for ever if you can, one less small minded person.

  • At Least We Have Some Laughs

    We don’t have little provincial neighborhoods, just plain hoods, sometimes I might wear a wool cap if it gets really cold outside.

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