Two men in their 50s face felony theft and criminal damage charges after Chicago Police caught them allegedly stealing a city fire hydrant on the South Side

On Sunday, the men appeared before Cook County Judge Donald Panarese, who released them on their own recognizance during a court hearing at the George Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Police said Russell L. Mack and Ned. D. Carradine were attempting to abscond with a fire hydrant in the 8500 block of South Loomis when officers pulled up about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

The two men already had one fire hydrant loaded in the back of their 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck and were attempting to place the second hydrant – which was damaged when the men removed it – in the back when police arrived, according to the report. Authorities didn’t talk about the motive in the alleged theft.

Mack, 51, of the 9700 block of South Emerald, and Carradine, 50, of the 7400 block of South Merrill, each face one count of felony theft and one count of criminal damage, according to court records.

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