Crime briefs: Cops called to restore order after mouse found in house

DISPUTE

A 49-year-old man called police to his home on the 8000 block of Ozark Avenue at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 “to assist in bringing order to the household” after his wife allegedly continued to argue with him over a mouse that was discovered in the house, police said. An officer advised the couple to separate for the night, but the man told police there would be no further problems.

BATTERY

An employee of a store on the 5700 block of Touhy Avenue told police that on the night of Dec. 8, a customer attempted to punch him in the face. According to police, the employee reported that he was pushing shopping carts into the store and asked the customer’s wife to move out of the way so he could get by. The woman’s husband reportedly felt the employee had asked the question “in a disrespectful manner” and confronted the employee, eventually swinging his fist at him, police said. The employee was able to block the punch and did not want to pursue charges, according to police.

BURGLARY

A home was burglarized between 3:45 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, on the 8500 block of Betty Terrace. No additional details were provided.

BURGLARY TO VEHICLE

Four silver dollars were reported stolen between Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 7100 block of Cleveland Street. Approximately $5 in change was also stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 6800 block of Jonquil Terrace and a small amount of change was stolen from vehicles parked on the 7100 block of Oakton Street overnight between Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, police said.

THEFT

Surveillance video from a store on the 7600 block of Milwaukee Avenue showed a man stealing a carton of cigarettes from a display rack on the afternoon of Nov. 27, police said. An employee contacted police on Dec. 6 after the same man was reportedly seen putting gas into his vehicle, though he left before police arrived.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

A Niles man told police that on Dec. 7, between 12:30 and 6 a.m., someone sprayed white paint around the windows and other parts of his SUV and flattened two tires while the vehicle was parked on the 8400 block of Ottawa Avenue. No other cars parked in the area were damaged, police said.

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