A Chicago man who Wilmette police stopped twice last week – the first time after officers spotted him walking with bicycles he insisted he had purchased from “little crackheads in Rogers Park” – now faces a charge of criminal trespass stemming from another incident on the same day.
Nathan Skenandore, 33, of 5200 Talman Ave., was charged Aug. 6 in connection with an Aug. 2 event that took place on the 1100 block of Forest Avenue some time between midnight and 6 a.m. that day.
Police said everything began shortly before 1 a.m. on Aug. 2, when a patrol officer spotted Skenandore riding what was described as “a high end men’s bicycle” and pushing an equally expensive women’s bicycle, near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Lake Avenue.
When police stopped him, Skenandore reportedly said he was looking for the CTA train station. That was also when he commented on the people he said he had bought the bicycles from.
Although police said a check of the bikes’ serial numbers appeared clean, Skenandore allegedly continued the conversation by admitting that “there was a strong likelihood the woman’s bicycle was stolen prior to him purchasing it.” At that point police promptly confiscated the woman’s bike from him, but released him at the scene with the other two-wheeler.
Before they did so, they noted that he was carrying a pair of sunglasses – and those were later reported stolen from a car parked on Forest Avenue.
The initial reports did not say why or how officers ran into Skenandore again on Aug. 6, nor did they say where officers found him. But police said that when he was interviewed at that point, he admitted having entered the Forest Avenue automobile back on Aug. 2, and having taken the sunglasses from the vehicle.
Police didn’t say when Skenandore, who they stated has an extensive arrest record, will be appearing in Cook County Court in Skokie.