A more subdued version of a scene out of the John Belushi movie, “Animal House” played out in the Oak Lawn Kmart on 95th Street on the 27th of January at approximately 5:50 p.m.
Police officers responded to a call for retail theft with the alleged offender in custody. The charged offender, identified as Oak Lawn resident Christine Kush, was detained by store security after allegedly opening a bag of Oreo Cookies and beginning to consume the cookies while in the store.
According to the police report, Kush also stuffed handfuls of Oreo cookies in her pockets, opened a can of Hormel Chili and a box of Skinny Cow cookie bars. Store security personnel claim that Kush consumed those items in the store also.
The store security person told the officer that Kush selected three cans of Friskies cat food and concealed the cat food in her coat pocket . The security person said that he was able to maintain surveillance on Kush and observed her leave the store, passing all final points of purchase without rendering payment for the food that she consumed or the cat food that she concealed apparently for her cat.
The mini Animal House shopping spree came to an abrupt end as Kush was stopped outside by the security officer who identified himself as a loss prevention officer before escorting Kush to the KMart office and notifying police according to the report. The security person said he recovered two cans of Friskies cat food from Kush`s coat. Police officers claim that they found a third can of Friskies cat food and a Skinny Cow cookie bar in her coat pocket.
The security person apparently has been watching Kush who, according to his statements to the police, has been suspected of stealing from the store numerous times over the past two months. The security person told the police that each time Kush is in the store, she allegedly opens consumable goods and eats those food items while she is walking around the store. He said that in recent weeks, store employees have found numerous open and consumed boxes of Velveeta cheese microwavable dinners and Skinny Cow cookie bars. Wierzgac said that Kush also conceals cans of Friskies cat food in her coat and then leaves the store, beyond all final points of purchase, without rendering payment for any of the items.
The store employee signed a retail theft complaint against Kush for the alleged retail theft for a total value of $9.92. She was placed under arrest and brought to Oak Lawn’s lockup where she was charged with retail theft and given a court date of February 16. Kush did not make any statements admitting any of the allegations.