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Northwest suburban police blotter

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By Freida Gad

• Charges are not evidence of guilt. Under law, individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Arlington Heights

• Deepak B. Brahmbhatt, 56, of the 300 block of Dover Lane, Des Plaines, was arrested around 6:50 p.m. Feb. 1 at Arlington Liquors, 401 S. Arlington Heights Road, after he reportedly sold four cans of Four Loko alcoholic beverages to two teenage girls, 15-16 years old. They were seen leaving the store with the beverages and getting into a car driven by another teenage girl. A court date is March 5.

• A vandal hurled a brick that cracked a 6-foot by 6-foot window at the Wheeling Township Democratic Party headquarters, 1310 W. Northwest Hwy., between 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and noon Feb. 5. The brick did not go through the window and was found outside the building.

Des Plaines

• Nicholas R. Sigafus, 18, of the 1400 block of Center Street, Des Plaines, was arrested around 7 p.m. Feb. 4 during a traffic stop on the 2000 block of Plainfield Drive and charged with city ordinances possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His court date is March 19.

• Lizbeth D. Stephan, 31, of the 1300 block of East Rand Road, Des Plaines, was arrested around 11:40 p.m. Feb. 4 during a traffic stop on the 1000 block of East Northwest Highway and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (heroin equipment), traffic violation, no valid driver's license, and no proof of insurance. Her court date is Feb. 22.

• Jenniffer Nicole Shimanski, 34, of the 1200 block of Quincy Court, Wheeling, was arrested around 11:55 a.m. Feb. 5 at Walgreens, 1858 E. Oakton St., and charged with attempted acquisition of a controlled substance after she reportedly used a former co-worker's name on a prescription form. According to reports, she also used a fraudulent prescription on Jan. 17 at the same Walgreens. Her court date is March 14.

• Burglars stole a laptop computer, jewelry, money, and six watches out of a condominium on the 1600 block of Mill Street between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Feb. 4. There was no sign of forced entry. Value was estimated at $2,646.

• Burglars stole gold jewelry, a Queen Elizabeth coin, gold watch and tie clip out of an apartment on the 1600 block of East River Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 4. There was no sign of forced entry. Value was estimated at $7,000.

• A burglar attempted to break into a home on the 200 block of Kinkaid Court between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 5 by forcing the rear door, but a dead bolt lock held. Similar footprints in the snow around a home on the 400 block of West Pleasant Lane between 9 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. Feb. 5 may indicate that the same person forced open the basement door leading to the backyard, reports said. Nothing appeared to be missing from the home. Damage to both homes was estimated at $500.

• Thieves broke the LCD screens on five vending machines in a hotel at 1450 E. Touhy Ave. between 7 a.m. Jan. 30 and 7 a.m. Jan. 31. The offenders reached inside the machines, unlocked and opened them and stole an undetermined amount money from the coin and bill boxes. Damage was estimated at $240.

• Thieves stole a wallet out of a customer's purse at Panera Bread, 1502 Forest Ave., between noon and 12:45 p.m. Feb. 6 and used a debit card in the wallet to make a $1,600 purchase at a Walmart. According to reports, she left her purse on the floor when she picked up her food order.

• A man 20-30 years old, was seen on security video taking a black and red backpack and brown canvas bag after a 52-year-old man left them in the vestibule at the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 E. Ellinwood St., when he went to get something to eat around 2:05 p.m. Feb. 4. The bags contained tools, court paperwork, food items and clothing. Value was estimated at $50.

Prospect Heights

• Vandals broke the front and rear door lock and frame and wrote gang graffiti in the laundry room at an apartment building on the 500 block of Love Drive around 4 p.m. Feb. 4.

• A Prospect Heights resident was tricked into giving personal information when a pop-up screen appeared as he logged on to his Chase bank account Jan. 30. According to the bank, the pop-up screen is not part of the sign-in process. Chase Bank changed the account number.

• A man in his 60s exposed himself to a female patron at the Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St., between 6:45 and 6:55 p.m. Jan. 29. Police were not called until the following morning.


• Burglars opened a bathroom window at a home on the 200 block of East Wayne Place between 9:40 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31 and stole cash, an iPod, and two gold watches. Value was estimated at $1,163.

• Burglars forced open the front door at a home on the 700 block of North Wayne Place around 6:10 p.m. Jan. 31 and stole jewelry and jewelry box. A piece of the box was found on a neighbor's driveway, reports added. Loss was estimated at $200.

• Vandals scratched the passenger's side of a 2005 Chevrolet Blazer in an apartment lot on the 200 block of Seventh Street between noon Jan. 25 and 10 a.m. Jan. 26. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

• Burglars stole 350 feet of copper wire valued at $704 out of a locked electrical closet in a locked room at the locked Bell and Howell building, 760 S. Wolf Road, between 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and 1 p.m. Feb. 1. There was no sign of forced entry.

• Thieves stole an iPad out of a woman's backpack at St. Joseph the Worker social hall, 185 W. Dundee Road, between 7 and 9 p.m. Feb. 1. Value was estimated at $450.

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