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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.

Des Plaines

• Heidi Marie De Meo, 45, of the 7900 block of Churchill Street, Morton Grove, was arrested around 1:05 p.m. March 15 on the 2100 block of East Dempster Street and charged with possession of marijuana. Her court date is April 9.

• Burglars stole an electronic tablet out of a 2007 Mercedes C230 sedan in a store lot at 1467 S. Lee St. between 8 and 8:30 p.m. March 14. Value was estimated at $450.

• Thieves stole the catalytic converter from a 2003 Honda Element in a business lot at 999 E. Touhy Ave. between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 19. Value was estimated at $500.

• Thieves stole an iPhone after the female owner left it on a table for a few minutes around 12:30 p.m. March 20 in the library at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Central Road. Value was estimated at $300.

Mount Prospect

• Jeffery Kosatka, 49, last known address on the 500 block of Home, Park Ridge, was arrested March 7 and charged with disorderly conduct. Police reports said he entered Safari day care, 1630 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, around 2:40 p.m. Feb. 15 and asked for a tour. He filled out an information card, but the date of birth of the child he was seeking care for was 1972. An employee was suspicious but showed him around. As they were walking, Kosatka reached out and tried to touch a 4-year-old boy. Kosatka also asked for a cookie. Officers arrested Kosatka at the Skokie courthouse where he was to appear on a Des Plaines theft charge. He told officers he liked children and wanted to see them, and he thought asking for a cookie was funny. His court date is April 15.

• Madeleine Guerrero, 28, of the 2200 block of South Lexington, Mount Prospect, was arrested around 11:40 a.m. Feb. 19 at Carter children's clothing store, 12 Randhurst Village Drive, and charged with retail theft after employee Guerrero admitted stealing approximately $2,000 between July and Feb. 18, according to police reports. She hid the thefts by authorizing false returns or voided sales; her actions were discovered by a regional loss prevention manager, reports said. Her court date is March 28.

• Burglars stole a wallet valued at $35 out of a 2009 Honda Civic in an apartment lot on the 2300 block of South Cannon Drive between 8:30 p.m. March 11 and 9:30 a.m. March 12.

• Thieves stole a men's green and gray mountain bike and a men's dark blue and light blue mountain bike out of an apartment courtyard on the 600 block of East Prospect Avenue between March 14 and 15. Value was estimated at $200.

Prospect Heights

•Thieves stole the wiper blade from the rear window on a 2005 Ford Expedition on the 0-100 block of East Old Willow Road between 9 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. March 16.

• Thieves stole an iPhone out of a purse after the female customer left it on the bar for a few minutes around 1:20 a.m. March 17 at Home bar, 1227 N. Rand Road.

• Burglars removed a dining room window screen at a vacant condominium on the 900 block of East Old Willow Road March 16. The offenders entered the home but nothing appeared to be missing.


• Christina M. Garcia, 24, of the 5800 block of West Diversey, Chicago, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. March 15 at Walmart, 1455 Lake-Cook Road, and charged with retail theft. Reports said she purchased a TV wall mount valued at $198, climbed into a car driven by a female companion, who drove the car to the east side of the lot. Garcia reportedly removed several pieces and returned the box with the remaining pieces, telling a cashier that she wanted a replacement. A male employee was suspicious because Garcia and the companion had carried the heavy box out together, but Garcia carried it back into the store by herself. Officers found the missing parts in the car. According to reports, Garcia also was wanted on an outstanding Cook County warrant. The companion was not charged.

• Dominque M. Turner, 29, of the 700 block of Kresswood Drive, McHenry, was arrested around 5:10 a.m. March 17 at an apartment building on the 500 block of Manchester Drive. Reports gave this account: He pounded on windows and doors, swore at officers, refused their offer of a ride, flashed a gang sign and shouted a gang name, but finally left the area. He returned and pounded on windows and doors again. Residents in two apartments were willing to sign complaints and Turner was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct. Officers found a folding knife in his pants pocket. In a holding cell at the police department he lunged at an officer and was charged with aggravated assault, reports said.

• Burglars apparently opened an unlocked sliding patio door at a home on the 1800 block of Avalon Drive between 10 p.m. March 18 and 5 p.m. March 19 and stole an iPad off the kitchen table. Value was estimated at $654.

• Vandals smashed a passenger's-side window on a 2007 Honda Civic in a business lot at 900 Chaddick Drive around 5:05 p.m. March 14. Two suspects were seen on a security video walking to the car and running away. Nothing appeared to be missing, reports indicated. Damage was estimated at $220.

• A vandal hurled a beer bottle that smashed the rear window on a 1996 Ford Mustang in an apartment lot on the 100 block of North Wolf Road between 11 p.m. March 16 and 6 a.m. March 17. Damage was estimated at $300.

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