Cops ask crooks to chill out during heat wave

Cops have asked crooks to chill out during the current heat wave nationwide. Moreover, criminal activity has been officially canceled in one suburban Chicago town due to the extreme heat that’s cooking most of the country.

Yet it makes one wonder, have thieves received the memo?

“It is just too hot to be outside committing crimes,” the Park Forest Police Department said on Facebook Friday. “We’re asking all aspiring criminals, seasoned veterans, and those who find themselves committing crimes out of boredom, to please stay indoors.”

The department proposed that Friday would be a perfect day “to Netflix and chill, literally, with the air conditioner set to 68 degrees.” And Saturday is more of the same with many areas approaching or hitting triple digits. A baseball broadcaster calling a game between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres said the contest at Wrigley Field “needs an intermission to allow players to cool down in the clubhouse.”

At the same time, a Massachusetts police department implemented a similar heat wave-related crime-fighting strategy.

“It is straight hot as soccer balls out there.”

– Braintree Police Department

The Braintree Police Department took to Facebook Friday night to ask anyone thinking of conducting criminal activity “to hold off until Monday.”

“It is straight hot as soccer balls out there,” the department said before suggesting that potential criminals stay home and binge-watch season 3 of “Stranger Things” instead, according to

“We will meet again when its cooler,” the department said.

In a follow-up post late Friday, Park Forest PD said that one of its officers, Justin Malachowski, was appreciative of everyone who canceled their planned crimes and stayed indoors.

“Because of you, he got to enjoy a cold and delicious afternoon Slurpee from 7-Eleven without interruption,” the department said.

The entire Chicago area was under an excessive heat warning Friday and Saturday as heat index values could rise as high as 115 degrees in some places, NBC 5 Chicago reported.

Windy City temps hit the 99-degree mark Friday.

On Saturday the Park Forest Police was still advising would-be wrongdoers to stay indoors.

“The crime cancellation is still in effect until tomorrow, so please no ‘criminaling,’” the department said.


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