Duo accused of stealing pickle fries and bacon mac’n’cheese from Taste Of Chicago storage area

EDITORS’ NOTE: Some details of this story have been removed at 9:58AM on Mar. 7, 2020. One of the accused individuals succeeded in having the case expunged from his/her Cook County Criminal Court record. While not required by law to remove truthful reports, CWBChicago editors do extend this courtesy to individuals who go through the legal process to get a fresh start on their record. The remainder of the original post appears below.

EDITORS’ NOTE II: Additional details of this story have been removed at 4:20PM on Apr. 14, 2020, beause the second accused individual succeeded in having the case expunged.

Two men are charged with conning their way into a food storage area at the Taste of Chicago to steal hundreds of dollars worth of pickle fries and bacon mac ’n’ cheese.

The folks at Doom Street Eats were dishing the munchies from their booth at the annual festival on July 14th. That evening, two men — ages 21 and 22 —  “posed as representatives from another food booth” to access a food storage area, according to a police report.

Once inside the food locker, the men  each took about $100 worth of pickle fries and bacon mac before slipping away, prosecutors said. While the duo was inside the storage area, they “touched and knocked over food” that had to be thrown away due to contamination, police said.

After discovering what had allegedly happened, a witness went looking for the pair and reportedly found them standing at the intersection of Columbus and Jackson near the festival.

Both men are charged with retail theft.

Doom Street Eats’ menu selection at the Taste included a bacon ranch mac & cheese grilled cheese and spicy pickle fries. They’re both quite tasty, it seems.

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