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Man cited after urinating on rug inside Crystal Lake business

Jim Costa, 69, of Niles, was cited for disorderly conduct after he urinated on a mat inside a business in the 600 block of East Terra Cotta Avenue in Crystal Lake on Monday. | Photo: Andrew Sylthe / YouTube.

A roofing worker was caught on video walking into a Crystal Lake business and urinating on a rug before asking an employee if they had “any leaks.”

The incident occurred on Monday around 12:36 p.m. in the 600 block of East Terra Cotta Avenue, according to Crystal Lake police.

Surveillance video from the business posted on social media shows a pickup truck pull up to a business and a man exits the vehicle.

The man enters the business, which was closed to customers at the time, and calls out “Hello?” with no response back from anyone.

The man turned his back to the security camera and faced the front desk where he unzipped his pants and began urinating. He called out “Hello?” a second time and then used hand sanitizer that was on the desk.

A female employee walks out to the front desk and the man begins soliciting roofing repair work. He then asked the employee “Do you have any leaks?” before giving her a business flyer.

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said that the flyer had a company name for a roofing business that was supposedly based in Skokie along with several phone numbers written down that were not legible.

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“We made several calls to various phone numbers in an attempt to locate and identify the male. Eventually one of the numbers turned out to be correct,” Kotlowski told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Police were able to identify the man as Jim Costa, 69, of Niles, using various law enforcement resources based on his phone number. His driver’s license photo matched the surveillance video.

Kotlowski said that officers had arranged a fake meeting with Costa to give them a roofing repair estimate. The man arrived around 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the prearranged location driving the same pickup truck in the video.

Costa gave officers no reasonable explanation for his actions, Kotlowski said. The man was issued an adjudication citation for disorderly conduct, which is a local ordinance that carries a minimum fine of $75 up to $1,000.


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