YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS: Bald Man Stole 13 Bottles Of Shampoo, Court Says (And Other Weird Stories)

EDITORS’ NOTE: Details of a fourth incident that were included in this report have been removed at 10:47AM on September 21, 2016. The individual accused in that matter succeeded in having the case expunged from his/her Cook County Criminal Court record. While not required by law to remove truthful reports, CWB Chicago editors do extend this courtesy to individuals who go through the legal process to get a fresh start on their record.
Buried among the serious police reports that CWB Editors review every week are some not-so-serious gems that, for whatever reason, we find entertaining. Here are a few recent favorites.

• 38-year-old Anthony Richardson of the West Loop—who appears nearly bald in his mugshot—is accused of stuffing 13 bottles of Head and Shoulders shampoo into his pants at a Boystown Walmart Express store. Misdemeanor shoplifting charges have been filed.

• It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Aaron M. Brown, a 24-year-old who continues to list The Crib youth shelter in Boystown as his home. But, a tipster dropped us a line to say that Brown is back in jail after allegedly trying to steal $13,732 worth of automobile sun visors from a Union Pacific rail car on the West Side. Brown, now charged with burglary, was convicted of multiple thefts in our area in late 2014 and early 2015.

• A 19th district officer stopped Nikko Linklater for a field interview after seeing Linklater rolling a suspected marijuana cigarette behind the 3400 block of N. Halsted, according to court records. Upon being taken into custody, Linklater did have a small request, the police report says: “If you don’t throw it away, can you just give my weed back to me? I don’t want to waste it.”

Image: Seen left to right are Richardson, Brown, and Linklater in their Chicago Police Department mugshots.

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