Holy (Rap) Sheet! Weekend Arrest is Man's 63rd

70-year-old man walked out with bubbly under his jacket, police say

Monday, Nov 9, 2009  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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There was bubbly involved, but likely no celebrating.

A 70-year-old West Side man racked up his 63rd arrest over the weekend for stealing three bottles of champagne from a Lake View neighborhood Whole Foods store, police said.

John Crowe, 70, of the 1200 block of South Kedvale Avenue, was initially charged with retail theft, a misdemeanor, according to police, but the charge was upgraded to a felony Monday afternoon, police News Affairs Officer Michael Fitzpatrick said.

Crowe -- who has at least 50 aliases -- has also given several home addresses.

Whole Foods security guard Julio Avila signed a complaint after Crowe allegedly placed three bottles of champagne under his jacket and walked out the door without paying. The bubbly was valued at $135, according to a police report.

The guard detained Crowe until Chicago Police could arrive.

Crowe is scheduled to appear for a hearing in Central Bond Court ar 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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