Police in the
Chicago suburb of Algonquin on Thursday continued to search
for a thief who looks, smells, and feels marvelous.
Algonquin police detective Andrew Doles said the man
has ordered up an array of services in at least 20
spas in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since
last March and has left without paying the bills.
''Pedicures, manicures, facials, those are the
standards he goes for,'' Doles said. All told, the man
has stiffed spas for several thousand dollars' worth
of services, he said.
The man typically gets treatments such as a sea
salt body polish and a hair cut and color, but
before it's time for his massage, he says he has to
leave the building to use his cell phone or get papers
from his briefcase. Then, Doles said, the man leaves and
never returns. ''[He has made] no threats of violence
or anything like that,'' Doles said.
The man uses the name Scott Kendry, an apparent
alias, Doles said. At least six feet tall and weighing
as much as 300 pounds, the man does try to explain why
he's pampering himself.
''He said, 'Well, it's a new year, and my wife
thinks I should take better care of myself, and I want
to spend the whole day here getting services,''' said
Jacquie Kacena of her encounter with the man on January
4 at her Bella Vita Salon & Day Spa for Men and Women.
Luckily for Kacena, her spa was busy that day
and the man made an appointment to come back the next
day. But after giving a telephone number that, she
said, was not his, he apparently thought better of it
and never returned.
''He did hit another one on the 5th,'' she said.
''He did have services, just not here.''
Where he had them was over at BladezSalon.com
Day Spa, also in Algonquin. ''He got a full body
scrub, facial, and a manicure and pedicure by me,''
said Lisa Marach, a nail technician at the spa. ''He was
here 3 1/2 hours.''
But a little while before his scheduled massage,
Marach said the man told her that he was going to his
car to get his briefcase. That was the last she saw of him.
Police said the investigation continues. If he's
caught, Marach plans to see him in court.
''I just want to look at him, like 'You jerk,
you didn't even tip me. You made me rub your gross
feet and listen to you for an hour and a half,''' she
said. (Don Babwin, AP)