Man strips in La Grange hair salon, suspected in underwear theft

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Police looking for leads on subject's identity

By Tracy Harris

After stripping down to a women's bra and underwear and fondling himself in the La Grange Fantastic Sams hair salon, an unidentified man escaped on foot Monday. 

According to La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett, the man entered the salon at 7:15 p.m. He sat down in the waiting area briefly before standing up and removing his shirt and shorts.

Underneath, he was wearing women's undergarments, which have been reported as a blue thong and beige bra. However, Collett said the department does not want to confirm the details of the garments, hoping to use that information to identify possible suspects.

After removing his clothing, the man exposed himself before leaving the salon.

The man left behind a second pair of underwear in the salon lobby. About 20 minutes after the incident was reported to La Grange Police, the nearby Sun Tan City called the department to report a client's undergarments missing. Those items matched the underwear left behind in the salon, and the bra the subject was wearing.

Collett said no similar incidents have been reported and the department is treating it as a first-time incident.

There have been few leads so far, Collett said. Police continue to review video from nearby businesses and canvass the area for suspects matching the description. 

The man is described as a white male in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and of medium build. Witnesses say he had a brown goatee and was either bald or had a shaved head. He was wearing a white T-shirt and baggy navy shorts.

Collett encouraged anyone with information to call La Grange Police at 225-0444. That includes, he said, anyone who has been a victim of anything similar or who might have heard someone describing a similar incident.