An Oswego police officer removes an excavator from the middle of Treasure Drive, after an allegedly drunken man stole the vehicle, and knocked down several power lines. (Credit: Oswego Police/Facebook)

Police: Drunken Man Steals Excavator, Knocks Down Power Lines In Oswego

An excavator wasn’t the best choice for getting home Thursday night, but as police said, the man at the controls shouldn’t have been driving at all, even if the excavator wasn’t stolen.


Christine Ablaza (Credit: Riverside Police)

Caretaker Charged With Stealing More Than $6,000 From Elderly Cancer Patient

The victim and her 45-year-old son noticed a series of unauthorized withdrawals from the woman’s bank account over several months, police said.


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5 Years In Prison For Serial Con Man Who Scammed Riverdale

John Thomas felt invincible, his attorney said. He wore wires and helped the feds put powerful politicos in prison. He used drugs, guzzled four bottles of wine a day and claimed he could take down an entire bottle of vodka without feeling drunk.


Oak Brook Police were investigating the death of a woman, whose body was found in an office park.

Purse Thieves Caught In Minnesota May Be Linked To Louis Vuitton ‘Smash-And-Grab’ Here

Eight men, all from Chicago, were taken into custody in Edina, Minn. after walking out of a Louis Vuitton store with $20,000 in merchandise.


Sandy, an ornate box turtle stolen from the Pilcher Park Nature Center in Joliet. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Zaban)

Turtles Stolen From Joliet Nature Center

It’s no shell game. Authorities in Joliet are investigating the theft of several turtles from a nature center.


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Former State Worker Sentenced To 8 Years For Bribery, Kickback Scheme

A former chief of staff to the head of Illinois’ public health department was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in a case that involved a multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving government grants and contracts.


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Honey Heists Point To Furry Culprit: Bears

Panos Farms in Michigan City, Ind. produces 20,000 pounds of honey — maybe a few pounds less, now.


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Charges In Large Gun Theft From Freight Train

Federal gun charges have been filed against two men in connection with the theft of 111 weapons from a freight train parked in a Chicago rail yard.


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Flower-Pot Thief Caught Green-Handed: Police

A Mount Prospect Police sergeant pulled over motorist Agnieszka K. Wojdyla early May 27 because she did not have her headlights on, police said in a news release. As the officer was interviewing Wojdyla, he noticed several flower pots and urns in the back of her vehicle.


Ashley Cobb (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Stolen iPad With Photos Of Infant Who Passed Away Returned To Owner

The person who had it—28-year-old Ashley Cobb—had purchased it on the street, but could not operate it without the owner’s password, according to police. She told the victim she would give it back for $300, even after being told the tablet contained priceless photos of her baby.


A surveillance image of the three people stealing the handbags. (Credit: Surveillance Video)

Men Dressed As Women Steal Handbags From Lincoln Park Store

Men dressed as women were caught on video stealing thousands in high-end merchandise Wednesday afternoon.


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Four Charged With Stealing More Than $870,000 From CPS

According to a CPS inspector general’s report, this is part of a larger theft scheme that is connected to seven people who have worked for Chicago Public Schools.


Gene Pierson was rolling with his camera phone when he confronted the men. (Credit: Gene Pierson)

Bucktown Package Theft Caught On Camera

It’s a bold theft and a viewer caught it all on camera. Video show a man taking package off of a porch and loading them into his luxury SUV.


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Wheelchair Thief Strikes At Indiana Casino

It was a reverse jackpot for an injured woman who got caught up in the slots. WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports.


Thieves ransacked Lebanon Lutheran Church. (courtesy: Lebanon Lutheran)

Burglars Break Into Church, Steal Laptops With Sensitive Information

The missing laptops belonged to an energy assistance program that rents space from the church. The laptops contain personal information of 6,000 people. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


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Former Nursing Home Employee Charged With Stealing From Elderly

Bria Abrams, 21, has been charged with felony theft, for allegedly stealing from five elderly people living at Alden Poplar Creek, at 1545 N. Barrington Rd., while she worked there.


Phillip Payne (Credit: Chicago Police)

Suspect Pleads Guilty In Mugging Of Mayor Emanuel’s Son

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to theft and aggravated battery for mugging the son of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and stealing his cell phone as the mayor’s wife looked on in the courtroom.


A sick 8-week old puppy was turned into Joliet police on Wednesday, two days after someone stole the dog from a local animal shelter. (Credit: Joliet Police)

Sick Puppy Returned After Theft From Joliet Animal Shelter

A sick puppy was returned to a Joliet animal shelter on Wednesday, two days after someone stole the dog.


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Disbarred Attorney Gets Nearly 6 Years For $2.3M Fraud

A Burr Ridge woman has been sentenced to almost six years in federal prison for stealing the life savings of an Oak Park couple to invest in a gold mine.


Lamawr Palmer (Credit: Riverside Police)

Riverside School District Employee Charged With Stealing iPads, Computers

Lamawr Palmer, 31, was charged with one felony count of theft of school property, according to a statement from Riverside police.