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POLICE BLOTTER: Missing Teddy, ‘I Needed to Chill’

Oak Lawn police reports, February 19 through February 21.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Thief Steals Teddy Bear from Porch

A 42-year-old woman was highly upset when an unknown thief stole her concrete teddy bear from her front porch on the 8700 block of South Newland Avenue sometime between 8:25 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The teddy bear was wearing St. Patrick’s Day clothing, with a shamrock headband on its head. The bear is 3-feet-tall and weighs approximately 50 pounds. The woman told police she bought the bear in Michigan 17 years ago for $60.

SUNDAY, FEBURARY 19

‘I Needed to Chill’

Police said they could hear loud music playing from the street inside a residence on 5900 block of West 91st St. when responding to a noise complaint around 2:36 a.m. According to the cops, Marek T. Zarebczan, 20, admitted to blasting his sound system “because it’s the weekend and I needed to chill.” Zarebczan told police it’s hard not to listen to music loud “because I don’t live with my parents.” Police said Zarebczan moved into the home a few months ago. Advised police had been there on similar noise complaints, police charged Zarebczan with disorderly conduct and issued him a village citation.

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ME February 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
People will steal anything. When we moved here, I had a concrete Mickey Mouse on my front porch. He was two feet tall and weighed a ton. It was solid. Someone actually took him off my top of my stairs. I was so upset. It was a gift from my husband when were were first datinng. Very sad that people will take from others. I relish in the fact that what goes around comes around! Sorry to hear about your teddy bear. I hope that person has a change of heart and you get it back.
Pat F February 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I had a 75 lb. concrete mushroom in front of my house on 87th place for 18 years.. Always just sat there.. Moved over by Harnew and it was stolen within the first week.. Since then they've taken a double sided sheperds hook with both plants my wife had just received from our son's on Mothers Day. Both of my sons cars were either vandalized or broken into right in our driveway.. Now My sheperds hook is concreted in the ground, our concrete goose is chained and locked to our bench which is also chained and locked to the porch railing..Leaving our garage open is no longer an option. Pretty sad isn't it?? More people need to get involved watching what is going on here in our neighborhoods. When you see something that just doesn't look quite right, call the police.. At least a drive by will move the problem along or possibly help solve it..It's time to take our streets back from this undesirable element that has been pushing into our neighborhoods.....
tricia April 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
you should go chcek menard.. there's a house with all kinds of statues from around town in the back yard.
Pat F April 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM
What's the address on Menard?? Or approx: color of house and type car in driveway?/ We're really interested..anything to help would be appreciated..Thanks in advance........
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Tricia, I encourage you to email the police with the Menard address, or email me at lorraine.swanson@patch.com and I will send it along to police.

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