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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

• Lucio H. Cruz, 56, of the 1100 block of East Elmwood Lane, Elk Grove Village, was arrested around 11:55 p.m. March 15 at Arlington Heights and Algonquin roads and charged with traffic violations and felony aggravated DUI. Police reports said his vehicle hit the car in front of him at the red light on westbound Algonquin Road, and that he was charged with the felony because he has at least two previous DUI convictions. His court date is April 16.

• An Arlington Heights resident was scammed by a man who phoned the victim between 9 p.m. March 9 and 3:15 p.m. March 10 and threatened to kill his mother, a resident of Puerto Rico, if the victim did not send him $3,000. A police officer in Puerto Rico checked on the mother, who was fine, reports said. According to Puerto Rican police, they are aware of several similar scam threats. When Arlington Heights officers called the scammer's phone number, the man answering the phone said the call to the Arlington Heights victim concerned a failed business transaction.

• Burglars broke the sliding glass patio door at a home on the 0-100 block of West Emerson Street between 6:30 and 8:04 p.m. March 15, rifled through bedrooms and stole all the jewelry in the master bedroom.

• Thieves stole an iPhone valued at $700 out of a shopping cart at Target, 1700 E. Rand Road, between 6:20 and 6:50 p.m. March 15 after the female owner left it there after checking out.

• Vandals took a frog lawn decoration from the front yard at a home on the 1700 block of North Chestnut around 10:30 p.m. March 16, carried it to his neighbor's lawn, used the decoration to break the top of a light pole near the neighbor's driveway. According to reports, vandals broke two lights in front of the first home in January. Damage to the frog and the lights broken in January was estimated at $230.

• Vandals used green paint to spray obscene graffiti on the west side wall on a business/residential building at 10 S. Dunton Ave., between 5:15 p.m. March 13 and 1:50 p.m. March 14.

• Thieves stole four 6-inch chrome hubcaps with "Cadillac" name on them from a 2002 Cadillac DTS in a store lot at 250 W. Rand Road between 1 and 1:30 p.m. March 16.

• Burglars stole a GPS valued at $100 out of an unlocked 2003 Ford Taurus in a driveway on the 900 block of North Beverly between 9 p.m. March 14 and 9 a.m. March 15.

• Burglars broke into a 2010 Honda Odyssey van at Heritage Park, 506 W. Victoria, between 9:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 16 and stole a GPS valued at $200.

• Burglars broke into a 2008 Suzuki SX4 in a hotel lot at 441 W. Algonquin Road between 12:30 and 9:15 a.m. March 17 and stole two cellphones, black leather jacket and purse with cash. Loss was estimated at $870.

• Burglars stole a cellphone valued at $100 out of an unlocked 2007 Cadillac DTS parked on the street at St. James Church, 800 N. Arlington Heights Road, between 7 and 8 a.m. March 17.

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