A man started his Festivus celebration allegedly stealing various items from Walgreens and ended the celebration in the custody of the Oak Lawn police.
Joshua Hester parked his black Cadillac in the Walgreen’s parking lot on 95th Street at about 2 a.m. on December 23rd. A police officer noticed Hester as he was parking because the Cadillac took two parking spots.
The officer checked the ownership of the car by “running the license plates” and found that the owner, Joshua Hester, had a warrant out for his arrest for a charge of larceny. The officer watched Hester leave the car and enter the store.
The officer then positioned the squad car to allow him to watch the Cadillac. At some point, the officer saw the Cadillac trying to pull out and then pull back into the parking stall but did not see Hester. So, the officer pulled around the building to check who was in the car. When he reached the car, nobody was inside the car but the engine was running.
The officer left the squad and walked toward Walgreens and then saw Hester exiting the store. The officer said that he could see boxes bulging from Hester’s hooded sweat shirt. When the officer asked what the items were that he could see bulging, Hester told the officer he didn’t know.
The store clerk confirmed that Hester had not paid for the items before allegedly hiding them in his sweatshirt. The items found in the sweatshirt, according to the officer, were a Wahl Trimmer Pro, Phillips Norelco, Braun Multigroom and Astov Micro Touch.
Hester was handcuffed and the officer then searched the car allegedly finding more items that were “consistent” with the items hidden in the sweatshirt. There was also a $8.99 bottle of wine recovered. The total value of all the items was listed at $124.45. During a subsequent search of Hester, the police claim that they found a hypodermic needle.
The manager said that Hester did not pay for any of the items and confirmed that the items were from Walgreens. Hester was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and retail theft. Hester is a 34 year old black male with a Lansing address.
Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally created by author Daniel O’Keefe, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of a Seinfeld episode which O’Keefe’s son co-wrote. “Festivus for the rest of us” is one of the many phrases from the episode that have now become part of pop culture and resulted in celebrations, which includes “feats of strength” and the “airing of grievances”.
Stealing from Walgreens is not something that is synonymous with Festivus.