At least two big pricey items were reported stolen from this year’s Fall on the Green festival according to reports filed with the Oak Lawn Police Department.
Bill Vail, an appointee to the Oak Lawn Arts Commission, reportedly had his 60″ television stolen from the Oak Lawn Art booth. Vail claimed to have left the TV unattended while he was in the VIP tent. The VIP tent is the controversial tent established for sponsors but used by village officials, appointees and their friends. Complimentary food and drinks are served throughout the fest in the VIP tent. When Vail returned from availing himself of the free amenities in the VIP tent, his television was gone.
As many attendees noted, the VIP tent was completely covered this year, with anyone outside the tent unable to view the festivities occurring behind the curtain. One observer at the fest noted “It’s no surprise that Vail could not witness anyone walking away with his television.”
Vail’s report was filed on the 13th, the day the television was stolen.
Sandra Bury, Mayor of Oak Lawn, reported that a 4-foot by 3-foot acorn went missing. The fiberglass acorn, made by the Oak Lawn Arts Commission, was on display on the main stage. Officials discovered that the acorn was not there when the main stage was being disassembled.
Bury estimated the value of the acorn at $1,000, according to police reports.
Bury made the report on the 17th, several days after the fest ended, after calling Art Commission members to make sure that none of the members had absconded with the acorn.
One police officer suggested that there is a lead in the case. “Initial sketches suggest a suspect with a brown or grey fur coat and big front teeth, seen fleeing towards the nearest tree,” said the joking officer.