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OMG PD: Fish Tank Trouble, Inmate Fights Prison Store Prices

A weekly roundup of the more unusual incidents on the police blotter.

Murderer: Stateville Squeezing Inmates at Prison Store 

It's bad enough having to pull an 80-year prison sentence, but when they start overcharging you for soap, toothpaste and deodorant, something's got to give.

A convicted murderer locked up at Stateville Correctional Center filed a petition in Will Count Court claiming that he's been subjected to price-gouging by prison officials.

In his court filing, Robert Hernandez, 51, accuses Department of Corrections officials of flaunting a recommendation by the Illinois Auditor General to review the markup on items sold in prison commissaries.

Stateville, and other correctional centers, slaps a 25 percent increase on items sold from prison commissaries, according to the petition. The extra prison tax is 35 percent on tobacco products, the filing claims.

Read the full story on Downers Grove Patch.

Beanie Baby Cards Stolen in Home Burglary

Police responded to a home in the 5200 block of Fairview Avenue around 9:55 a.m. for a report of a residential burglary.

The victim told the officer someone entered his residence and stole several items sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, police said. Among the stolen items were a laptop, Craftsman tools and a binder with 46 Beanie Baby trading cards.

CLARENDON HILLS

Oxi Clean Dumped in Fish Tank

A man from the 200 block of Coe Road reported at 9:34 p.m. that after an argument with his girlfriend earlier in the night, the girlfriend allegedly dumped Oxi Clean in the complainant's fish tank as she left his home, an accusation police said she denied.

The complainant reported that the two broke up during a cell phone call that night. No charges were filed.

LA GRANGE

Reindeer Games

A resident on the 600 block of South Stone Avenue reported at 8:58 a.m. that her Christmas decorations had been stolen. A large and small reindeer with white lights were stolen, and a wire to a lighted snowman was reportedly cut. Police entered the incident as a matter of record.

LA GRANGE PARK

Port-a-Graffiti

Police reported that in an act of criminal defacement, someone sprayed graffiti on a portable toilet in Yena Park. The nature of the graffiti and time of the incident were not reported.

BURR RIDGE

Flute Stolen from Middle Schooler

A Hinsdale Middle School student reported that her flute was stolen sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the school. She last saw her flute, valued at $800, after band practice.

DARIEN

Bar Bouncer Punched

Jan Neupauer, 42, of the 7300 block of Tennessee in Darien, was charged with battery. Police say that when Neupauer was asked to leave Q Bar, 8109 Cass Ave., at 1:01 a.m., he punched the bouncer in the face. Neupauer was given a Dec. 26 court date.

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