Giant Teddy Bear Stolen and Recovered: La Grange Police Blotter

La Grange police reports, Jan 2-9.


Illegal Driver

Karen L. Eck-Singer, 45, of the 400 block of Pamela Circle, Hinsdale, was stopped for a traffic violation at the corner of Harris Avenue and La Grange Road at 10:17 a.m. and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said.


V & L Graffiti

A complainant reported graffiti spray-painted on the 0-100 block of Catherine Avenue. Police found the letters “V” and “L” on a wooden fence.


Teddy Bear Theft 

A “large teddy bear” was reported stolen at 4:45 p.m. from the front of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. A 17-year-old La Grange Park boy and a 16-year-old La Grange boy were detained at the corner of East and Lincoln avenues at 12:24 a.m. on Monday after being found in possession of the bear, police said, but claimed to have found the item and were not charged. The bear was returned to the store at 10:41 a.m. on Monday.

Anarchist Defacement

An officer discovered “an anarchist symbol etched into [a] sign” on the top floor of the 6th Avenue parking garage at 9:42 a.m. 


Streetlight Busted

The glass from a streetlight at the corner of 50th Street and Ashland Avenue was reportedly knocked off and found lying in the parkway at 5:33 a.m. 


Cars Egged 

A complainant reported at 7:57 p.m. that multiple cars on the 600 block of South Spring Avenue had been egged.


Exposure or Bathroom? 

A citizen reported a man at the corner of La Grange Road and Cossitt Avenue “exposing himself” at 3:04 p.m. When police located him, the man denied the claim and said he had just been using a nearby bathroom.

Another Egging 

A resident of the 0-100 block of South Waiola Avenue reported at 8:13 p.m. that her house had been egged by someone in a red car. No permanent damage was reported to the home.


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Susan French January 10, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Yes, Anthony..the bear looks bad. The originating article was about the bear, so in turn, my comment was about the bear.
Louis Kensington January 10, 2013 at 09:06 PM
The bear is a neighborhood icon. My daughter - now 29 and living out of state - was thrilled to see the bear was still "alive and sitting" on her recent visit to town. The iphone camera came out so the bear will forever be memorialized come what may ...
Darren McRoy January 10, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Thanks for the testimonial to the LGPD!
Lori Kelly January 11, 2013 at 02:53 AM
As soon as I read the headline I new it had to be the bear from Rocky Mountain. That bear is a neighborhood icon. My kids love seeing it when we pass by the store. How ignorant of you (Susan) to suggest the bear should be replaced. I am delighted the bear was found and hope he remains outside the shop for years to come.
Susan French January 11, 2013 at 03:58 AM
If you would have read my comment in it's context, (K. Kelly) maybe I would not have gotten the nasty term of ignorant slapped at me. I said it should be replaced, as in the same exact bear, just new. I am also happy that the bear was found...never said I was not. I Just think that it looks like crap in front of such an awesome Chocolatier.


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