A Mysterious Trench Appears and a Chess Player Showdown

A look at unusual crimes in our Patch region.

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.

A Northbrook resident reported that someone entered her backyard and dug a trench roughly 6 feet long and one-and-a-half feet wide. 

A Skokie man who coaches chess crashed a private event at the North Shore Chess Center and made "disparaging remarks to local players" and said the center was stealing his potential students, police said. A manager of the center later sent the man an email saying he was not allowed to come back. The man returned and made threats, police said.

Someone yelled at and threatened a victim about gum implants on backorder in Morton Grove.

Someone tore open a greeting card that was in a Northfield mailbox and removed a $100 gift card from the recipient's sister.

Police responded to Skokie Village Hall when a man began complaining about a parking ticket. He became loud and argumentative and refused to lower his voice, the report said. Upon exiting, the man opened the door violently, but no damage was caused.

A Deerfield resident learned she was the victim of identity theft when her husband was unable to file their federal income tax return because someone had used her social security number to file a tax return a few weeks before.



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