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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Pedicure Bandit Arrested

LAKE BLUFF, Ill. Feb 5, 2007 (AP)— Police say a man accused of failing to pay for pedicures and other spa treatments led officers on a brief foot chase before he was arrested.

Marshall G. Wolbers, 56, of Lake Bluff, has been charged with theft of services, police said Monday. He was arrested over the weekend near a train station.

"He ran away from the officers across a parking lot and tried to get into a taxi … That's when he was apprehended," Deputy Police Chief David Belmonte said.

Authorities had been searching for a man fitting Wolbers' description who received a number of services in at least 20 spas in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since last March and left without paying the bill.

Belmonte said an officer had spotted Wolbers in a vehicle Thursday evening. But when police tried to pull him over, he led them on a chase through several suburban Chicago communities. The chase was called off because Wolbers was driving recklessly.

He eventually was captured at the Lake Bluff train station Saturday morning.

Wolbers, who also was cited with several traffic violations, is free on $20,000 bond.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

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