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Illinois police department shares photos of Frozen's Elsa "under arrest" for bringing polar vortex

Editor's note: The McLean Police Department posted the photos showing the "arrest" of Elsa on Tuesday, but the photos were originally taken in 2015 for a police department in South Carolina. This story has been updated. 

An Illinois police department took to social media Tuesday to share photos of a high-profile arrest: Elsa, the Queen of Arendell from the Disney movie "Frozen."

The McLean Police Department shared the arrest on its Facebook page Tuesday, writing: "Due to the EXTREME COLD weather, all criminal activity and acts of stupidity and foolishness has been cancelled ... Even Elsa has been placed under arrest with NO BOND until further notice." 

The photos and similar images of Elsa's "arrest" have been shared by numerous police departments before. It seems every time the U.S. dips below a certain temperature, the blame is put on the ice queen herself, Elsa. The photos, originally shared by the Hanahan, South Carolina, police department, show an officer using pink handcuffs to arrest Elsa. The photographer told CBS News the pictures were taken to promote a local company that provides characters for children's birthday parties. 

Record-shattering temperatures will sweep a wide swath of the U.S. on Wednesday because of a polar vortex. Chicago is expected to be colder than the base camp at Mount Everest, with temperatures expected to plunge to 21 degrees below zero. That will feel like 48 below zero with the wind chill. It will likely be one of the coldest days on record.

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