Did OPRF phone thieves nab 'Lt. Dangle's'?

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Lt. Dangle may be wondering what happened to his cellphone. We think we know. It may have been among the loot confiscated by Oak Park police in August during a drug-related arrest involving an Oak Park and River Forest High School student.

Or at least that's the story we've heard from a pretty reliable source very, very, very close to the school. We haven't been able to verify it, but if true, it's a heck of a story. According to the source, one of the cellphones police found reportedly belonged to actor and OPRF alum Thomas Lennon. The actor was a 2009 Tradition of Excellence honoree and attended the awards assembly that year. A 1988 grad, Lennon is an actor and writer in Hollywood. But he's best known for the Lt. Dangle character from Reno 911 (2003-2009), a television show spoofing cop reality shows.

Word has it that his cellphone was among the items found in the possession of Pawel Borowski-Beszta. The former OPRF student is accused of running a drug and theft ring out of an Oak Park apartment. He was arrested in August and is currently in jail. Cash, iPods, and cellphones, along with drugs, were confiscated by police during the investigation.

We're not sure if Lennon has been contacted by police or if he has gotten his phone back — if the story is true. But luckily for him, it was Oak Park police on the case and not the bumbling Lt. Dangle.

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