'Dirty-haired' man steals AC unit from Barrington store

Barrington police search bike path for suspects


Barrington police responded to the Shaw's Supermarket in the Barrington Shopping Center on Thursday, April 27 at about 12:40 p.m., after a store employee saw a man and a woman steal an air conditioner from the store.

The employee told police she spotted the man take the boxed air conditioner out the in-door at the market and then make his way toward the East Bay Bike Path.

She described the man as being white with long, dirty hair. She said a woman wearing an orange shirt was with him.

Police scoured the area outside the market and traveled down the bike path, but could not locate the suspects. Officers are also planning to review video surveillance from the store.


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I've noticed when I shop at Shaw's that the checkout clerks don't check the shopping carts thoroughly. There was one time when I had put an 8-pack of paper towels on the lower rack of a shopping cart (near the wheels). When I checked out, I forgot that it was under there, and I didn't pay for it, and no one said anything. (I discovered my mistake when I got outside.)

According to a survey in Consumer Reports magazine, Shaw's is one of the most expensive supermarket chains in the country. That's no excuse for stealing, of course, but I just want to point that out. They actually sell some items for a full dollar more than other nearby markets.

Wednesday, May 3 | Report this
Honoré de Balzac

"I didn't pay for it, and no one said anything. (I discovered my mistake when I got outside.) "

When you realized your "mistake", did you go back in and pay for the item?

Thursday, May 4 | Report this

So basically, you stole the paper towels. I, too have forgotten cases of water, etc. under my cart. The moment I realize that I forgot, I go back into the store with the item and pay for it. Otherwise, you're no better than the couple who stole the air conditioner. Sorry.

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