Skulduggery of the week: SCROOGED
Proving themselves more naughty than nice, thieves stole inflatable holiday decorations from the yards of at least two Highland Park homes last week. Overnight on Dec. 1, a crook stole a 9-foot Santa teddy bear in the 3000 block of Amherst Street that its owner had just bought the previous day. And the following night, a miscreant snatched a blow-up turkey from the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive and caused $100 in damage to some Christmas lights.
At 2:23 p.m., a resident of the 4500 block of South Versailles Avenue reported the theft of a $2,000 pair of gold earrings from a master bathroom sometime on Nov. 20. The owner suspects contractors of the larceny.
Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a thief stole a $700 pair of gold earrings from a bathroom counter in the 3600 block of Mockingbird Lane. The owner suspects a contractor of the crime.
Between 7 and 8:30 p.m., a horse-drawn carriage with passengers looking at Christmas lights likely struck a black 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked in the 4300 block of Livingston Avenue. The carriage fled the scene without leaving any information.
At 1:08 a.m., a 17-year-old Highland Park High School athlete was arrested at the intersection of Roland Avenue and Belclaire Avenue on a public intoxication charge.
At 8:38 a.m., a resident of the 2800 block of Daniel Avenue reported that a burglar broke into a white 2013 Chevrolet Suburban on Nov. 29 and stole the third-row seat.
At 10:30 a.m., a thief used a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for a meal at Corner Bakery in the Plaza at Preston Center.
Between 11:45 and 11:59 a.m., a burglar broke into a house in the 3600 block of Granada Avenue and ransacked the interior before stealing a $200 television.
At 4:05 a.m., Rachel Alexis Wamsley, 22, of Lawton, Okla., was arrested in the 2800 block of University Boulevard on a public intoxication charge.
Between 2:50 and 5 p.m., a thief stole an $800 wooden table from outside Dive Coastal Cuisine at Snider Plaza.