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Paddle Boat, Tiki Torches, Tailgates go Missing

A look at weird crimes in our Patch region this week.

Local police departments provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.

Media races to dub it 'tailgate-gate'

Tailgates off of a number of vehicles were stolen in a business parking lot in Evanston.

Police on case pursue 'he who smelt it' theory

A Northfield resident reported a skunk stuck in the window well of their home.

Thief leads police on leisurely afternoon chase

A paddle boat was reported stolen from the community pond in Glenview.

Kiddie pool and lawn chairs seek treatment for survivors' guilt

Two tiki torches worth about $140 were removed from a Northbrook house.

A police officer observed a car without its headlights on driving in Niles in the early morning. The driver, a 21-year-old woman from Chicago, then turned the headlights on and followed the squad car at an unsafe distance, police said. The driver then passed the police car while breaking the lane lines into opposing traffic, according to the report. Police said the driver showed impairment on field sobriety tests and had an odor of alcohol on her breath and was charged with DUI.

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