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Man Held For Stealing Nacho Cheese, Attacking 7-11 Clerk

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CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – A small-time felon was ordered held on $10,000 bond over the weekend, after he allegedly stole some cheese and found himself the butt of an old joke.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Michael Richards’ cravings for warm, gooey nacho cheese cost him at least a night in jail over the weekend.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Bernie Tafoya reports

Richards, 50, bought a bag of potato chips from a 7-11 store in the 1300 block of South Halsted Street in the University Village neighborhood, then pumped nacho cheese into the bag of chips, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Dan Piwowarczyk said.

The store clerk told him the nacho cheese was only for customers who paid for it to use on corn chips in a traditional plastic tray.

In response, Richards pulled the clerk’s arm behind his back, twisted it and threatened the clerk, according to a police report. Police arrested Richards a block away Saturday, the report said.

When Judge James Brown asked, “So what was stolen was the cheese?,” Piwowarczyk kept an admirably straight face as he replied, “The defendant was informed that it was not yo’ cheese.”

Richards, of the 9400 block of South Burnside Avenue, was ordered held on bail of $10,000.

“That’s a very low bond, for a robbery,” the judge told him.

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