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Article updated: 2/26/2013 12:58 PM

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

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• Burglars entered a building between 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 6:45 a.m. Feb. 22 and stole three laptop computers valued at $4,500 out of three front offices at a Department of Human Services suite, 715 W. Algonquin Road. They also stole drills, saw, charger, and hand tools out of a metal box in a vacant adjoining suite under renovation at 717 W. Algonquin Road. Value of the tools was estimated at $3,050.

• Vandals put an unknown substance into a dead bolt lock at TNT Snack Shop, 1706 W. Campbell St., between 2 p.m. Feb. 22 and 5:15 a.m. Feb. 23. Transmission fluid was poured on the door and on the ground in front of the door. Damage was estimated at $200.

• Vandals scratched both driver's-side doors on a 2009 Hyundai Sonata in an underground apartment garage on the 3400 block of North Old Arlington Heights Road between 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Damage was estimated over $500.

• Thieves stole a men's black mountain bike and combination lock from a bike rack at the Metra depot, 45 W. Northwest Hwy., between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Value was estimated at $900.

• Vandals hurled a jar of fudge topping through the rear window on a 2004 Mini Cooper S in an apartment lot on the 100 block of North Arlington Heights Road between 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. Feb. 24.

Des Plaines

• A man pointed a handgun at a 19-year-old clerk in a gas station at 2380 S. River Road around 11:40 p.m. Feb. 19 and took approximately $300 after he handed the clerk a clear plastic bag and demanded the money. The robber was wearing a black ski mask, black leather jacket, black track pants with white and red stripes on the sides, and black leather gloves. The clerk followed him to the area of 2340 E. Touhy Ave., where he lost sight of him.

• A man robbed the Riverview Shell gas station, 1605 S. River Road around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14. He demanded money but did not show a weapon. The 27-year-old female cashier pulled the cash drawer from the register and placed it on the counter. The robber grabbed approximately $2,492. The robber was described as 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, 215-230 pounds, and wearing a black hat concealing his face, black zipper sweater with a fur-lined hood, black pants and black gloves. He fled eastbound and disappeared.

• Two individuals were arrested between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and charged with city ordinance sale of tobacco to a minor during a routine tobacco compliance check. Daniel G. Broughton, 68, of the 1200 block of Ardyce Lane, Mount Prospect, was arrested at Walgreens, 21 E. Rand Road. Stephen A. Pollina, 24, of the 1500 block of East Lillian Avenue, Arlington Heights, was arrested at Prestige Liquors, 1471 S. Lee St. Thirty-two other stores passed the compliance check when an undercover teen tried to purchase tobacco products.

• Burglars entered an apartment on the 1000 block of Arnold Court through an unlocked window between 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 21, ransacked rooms and stole cash, perfume, and a 1/4-carat emerald and diamond 14K gold hoop earrings. Value was estimated at $5,035.

• Gustavo Ayala-Rodriguez, 24, of the 1600 block of North 34th Avenue, Melrose Park, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested around 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17 on the 500 block of South River Road. The teen was charged with local ordinance possession of marijuana and his court date is April 4. Ayala-Rodriguez was charged with loud muffler, driving with suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle and his court date is March 28.

• Scott A. Auck, 46, of the 6700 block of Alpine Lane, Westmont, was arrested around 8:50 a.m. Feb. 19 in Jewel-Osco, 1500 S. Lee St., and charged with disorderly conduct and was banned from the store. According to reports, he was yelling and swearing at a male supervisor and female employee. His court date is March 7.

• Ryen C. Elichek, 30, of the 1700 block of Junior Terrace, Des Plaines, was arrested around 8:15 p.m. Feb. 18 during a traffic stop on the 1400 block of South River Road and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His court date is April 4.

• Vandals carved gang graffiti into a driver's-side door, slashed four tires, broke off one windshield wiper and removed the hood ornament from a 2007 Toyota Camry on the 1300 block of Walnut Avenue between 5 p.m. Feb. 19 and 5:30 a.m. Feb. 20. Loss was estimated at $1,200.

• Thieves stole a black bag containing black shoes and miscellaneous sheet music for organ out of the lobby of a church at 1177 E. Howard Ave. between 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Value was estimated at $200.

• Thieves stole a black 2012 Dodge Durango SUV out of a lot at Napleton Chrysler, 77 E. Rand Road, between Feb. 15 and 20. A similar theft occurred in January.

• Burglars stole a TV, purse and cash out of an unlocked 1999 Buick Century in an apartment lot on the 700 block of Holiday Lane between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Feb. 20. Value was estimated at $3,020.

Mount Prospect

• A Mount Prospect restaurant owner was tricked out of $411 around 2:45 p.m. Feb. 20 when she received a phone call from a man claiming to represent ComEd. He told her the restaurant's electric bill was past due and the electricity would be shut off it she did not pay it immediately. She believed the restaurant's electric bill was paid in full, but she was afraid the electricity would be shut off. He asked her what her average monthly bill was. She told him if he was from ComEd he should know that amount. He responded that his computer would not be able to access past bills. She told him the bill is usually around $480. He said she had to send $411 immediately. He instructed her to purchase a Money Pak with cash at Walmart; a credit card, he said, would not do. She purchased the Money Pak and the man called back around 3:45 p.m. She read the code number to him. After he hung up, she started to feel she had been scammed and phoned police. An officer contacted the fraud division of Money Pak. They will try to get her money back.

• Vandals used black spray paint to draw gang graffiti on an exterior wall at the River Trails Park District building, 550 Business Center Drive, between 2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 8 a.m. Feb. 14. Damage was estimated at $250.

Wheeling

• Vandals broke the front passenger's-side door lock and scratched the passenger's side on a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck in a business lot at 140 Shepard Ave. between 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Damage was estimated at $400.

• Brian O. Devitt, 24, of the 12200 block of South 71st Court, Palos Heights, was arrested around 12:40 p.m. Feb. 16 on the 200 block of South Milwaukee Avenue and charged with possession of marijuana, illegal transportation of alcohol, and traffic violation.

• Anthony D. Strong II, 23, of the 6000 block of Park Avenue, Berkeley, and Bryan J. Strong, 18, of the 5700 block of Dutchmill Court, Hanover Park, were arrested around 1:20 a.m. Feb. 17 and charged with battery. They punched and kicked a male and Anthony pushed one female in the face, knocking her down, and punched a second female during a party at a mobile home on the 300 block of Surrey Road, according to police reports. Their court date is March 27.

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