Mohr Concrete's Santa stolen

Police hot on the trail of missing Kris Kringle

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Christmas Tree and 4-foot-tall Santa figure have been perched atop the concrete hopper at Mohr Concrete, 915 S. Maple Ave. since 1957, making them "a local landmark," according to the concrete company's website. 

"Henry 'Bud' Mohr, never took them down, leading to them becoming part of our tradition," the Mohr website notes.

But Santa has mysteriously been missing since last week, according to Oak Park police. They report that the figure was stolen sometime between 8 p.m. on May 22 and 8 a.m. the next day. The estimated loss is $100.

Karen Richards, a principal of Mohr & Sons, said in a telephone interview that it might be an inside job, but she can't be sure. Asked if there is a reward out for Santa, Richards laughed, saying, "We could give them 10 bucks or something."

She said this is not the first time Santa was stolen. Over 20 years ago someone made off with Kris Kringle and even sent a ransom note. Mohr didn't pay the ransom and Santa was later returned, said Richards, noting that they're hoping to find video of the theft, but no leads as of yet. "I'm just upset because he's gone. It's part of the thing here," she said.

The incident comes a little over a month after Wednesday Journal reported that the longtime concrete company ceased selling concrete — they're only open by appointment for other items like mortar mix, stucco supplies, stone and sewer construction supplies.

Those with information about the Grinch who perpetrated this can contact Mohr Concrete at 708-383-4611. Residents also can contact police at 708-386-3800. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling 708-434-1636 or online at


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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 31st, 2018 3:14 PM

@ Bill Carlton: And better weather and better snow plowing.

Bill Carlton  

Posted: May 31st, 2018 10:56 AM

Santa became an Illinois Refugee and moved back to the North Pole, lower taxes.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 6:08 PM

Santa might be missing from a cement facility. Maybe he is sleeping with the fishes in cement shoes. Have the elfs been questioned?

David Hammond  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 4:24 PM

Sorry it's saddening for you, but I had to laugh, and the tip line information reminded me of the cop's line from "The Big Lebowski" when The Dude asks if they have any leads on his stolen beater -- ""Leads, yeah sure. I'll uh, just check with the boys down at the Crime Lab. They uh, got uh, four more detectives working on the case. They've got us working in shifts." #smalltownbigcrime

Christos Haralambidis  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 4:16 PM

That Santa was (is) priceless! It's was part of our Oak Park "home." I am sad.

David Hammond  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 3:29 PM

I snorted when I read "We could give them 10 bucks or something" and "It's part of the thing here."

Christos Haralambidis  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 2:42 PM

Before anyone starts comparing me to Roseanne Barr, I was referring to Charleton Heston in the Planet of the Apes yelling at mankind.

Christos Haralambidis  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 2:19 PM


Paul Clark  

Posted: May 30th, 2018 12:54 PM

The headline made me think it was a concrete Santa, which surprised me.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 29th, 2018 11:27 PM

Stolen? Maybe Santa moved back to the North Pole. Anything to escape the high taxes and parking.

Deborah Wess from Oak Park  

Posted: May 29th, 2018 9:40 PM

What a coincidence to read the tonight. I drove by there this evening and noticed Santa was gone!

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