Man Caught Stealing Blackhawks, Bulls & Cubs Apparel From Orland Store Just Had 'Playoff Spirit': Cops

The man's alleged alibi in no way explained why he was stealing Cubs stuff.

Matthew Valle. Credit: Orland Park Police Department
Matthew Valle. Credit: Orland Park Police Department
A Waukegan man caught stealing Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs apparel from the J.C. Penney in the Orland Mall explained to the cops that he was merely "in the playoff spirit," police said.

Despite his devotion for the hometown teams, 30-year-old Matthew Valle of 815 Wadsworth St. was still arrested on a charge or retail theft. Valle was also hit with a charge of possession of cannabis for hiding 0.8 grams of pot in a plastic bag "underneath his undergarments," police said.

A J.C. Penney security guard detained Valle and his girlfriend after spotting him stuffing clothing into a bag and leaving the store without paying, police said. Valle allegedly stole a Bulls cap, a Bulls T-shirt, three Blackhawks shirts and a Cubs shirt.

The total haul was worth $152, police said, but Valle had an excuse.

"Upon initially speaking with Matthew, he stated he was in the 'playoff spirit' which was the reason for stealing the sports attire," police said.

Valle also reportedly told officers his girlfriend wasn't in on the caper. He claimed "she had nothing to do with the commission of his crime," police said, "and she was not aware that he was placing unpurchased articles of clothing in his bag."

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Dm May 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Looks like a White Sox Fan
The Frontman May 19, 2014 at 07:17 PM
And yet, he was stealing Cubs merch. Nice try on a troll there, boyo.
Beastman Mma May 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Notice he was stealing Cubs garbage. Loser celebrating losing.
Rosie Korbel Malinowski May 19, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Dr G May 19, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Deport Los beaner


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