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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

• Benjamin A. Mietus, 21, of the 600 block of Edinburgh Lane, Prospect Heights, was arrested around 3:30 a.m. May 21 after a traffic stop on the 100 block of North River Road and charged with DUI, traffic violations, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His court date is June 20.

• Burglars stole a GPS unit out of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata between 10 p.m. May 20 and 1:23 p.m. May 21 in a driveway on the 200 block of Cornell Avenue.

• Thieves used two crank-syle jacks to lift a 2002 Honda Civic and steal all four tires and rims between 10:30 p.m. May 20 and 5 a.m. May 21 on the 1300 block of Campbell Avenue. Value was estimated at $1,600.

• Burglars cut the window screen and forced open a bedroom window at a first-floor apartment on the 700 block of West Algonquin Road between 10:20 a.m. and 9:06 p.m. May 20, ransacked rooms and stole cash and jewelry. Loss was estimated at $2,515.

• Burglars stole a red and white camera out of an apartment on the 300 block of Graceland Avenue between 2 a.m. and 9 p.m. May 21. Value was estimated at $80.

• Thieves stole an iPad valued at $200 after the owner left it on top of his car as he drove across the 1100 block of South Mount Prospect Road. The iPad and papers with the unit fell on the road. He found the papers but the iPad was missing.

• Thieves stole a white 1999 Great Dane trailer out of a lot at 1801 S. Elmhurst Road between May 16 and 22.

Mount Prospect

• Magdaleno Hernandez Gonzalez, 55, of the 8400 block of West 151st Street, Orland Park, was arrested around 12:10 p.m. May 18 at Menards, 740 E. Rand Road, and charged with retail theft after police said he removed the batteries from two cases containing cordless framing nailers, placed the batteries into a third nailer case and paid for the one unit. Value of the two hidden batteries was estimated at $358. When asked why he took the batteries, he told officers he thought the unit should come with a spare battery, reports said. His court date is June 26.

• John P. Mau, 42, of the 900 block of North Dryden Avenue, Arlington Heights, was arrested around 11 p.m. May 11 near Euclid Avenue and Rand Road and charged with possession of marijuana. An officer stopped his car after receiving a threat complaint from another male driver, but the victim refused to sign a complaint. The officer smelled marijuana when he talked to Mau and found a small bag of the drug in his pants pocket, reports said. His court date is June 3.

Prospect Heights

• Vandals shot BB-gun pellets through a double-pane apartment window between May 13 and 14 on the 500 block of Love Drive. Damage was estimated at $120.

• Thieves stole the front hubcap covers from a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT in an apartment lot on the 700 block of Piper Lane between 9 p.m. May 6 and 5:30 p.m. May 7.


• Pablo Diaz, 40, of the 100 block of Arbor Court, Wheeling, was arrested around 4 p.m. May 8 at his apartment and charged with reckless conduct after he accidentally left a bag containing his handgun, 48 rounds of ammunition, and two magazines outside the apartment building, according to police reports. A 12-year-old boy found the bag while playing with a classmate. Their school bus had dropped them off, along with the boy's sister, around 3:30 p.m. When he found the bag and unzipped it, he carried the bag into the apartment and told his sister. She told their father when he arrived at 3:50 p.m. and he phoned 911. His daughter told officers that she had seen a man sitting outside the apartment building and talking on a phone. Diaz, who owns a landscaping company, admitted leaving the bag and gun, reports said. He told officers he had placed the bag and other items on the ground when his phone rang. He thought he had picked up everything as he hurried to handle a service call. He has a valid FOID card and planned to practice with his gun at the Cabella's in Gurnee, reports said. His court date is May 31.

• A man may have followed a 10-year-old girl as she walked to school around 8 a.m. May 9. She saw him following her as she was about to turn south on Fletcher Drive. Instead, she turned westbound on Anthony, speed walking and then running. The man crossed Anthony and sped up as she ran. She found a crossing guard in the area of Anthony and Schoenbeck Road and told her she was being followed. According to reports, the man, who had been looking at her, stopped staring and walked past the girl and crossing guard. He walked into a parking lot at Our Saviour Free Church, 300 Schoenbeck Road, and through a soccer field toward the school. He was described as an Asian male in his late 40s to early 50s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, dark hair with a bit of gray in it, thin build and wearing grayish pants and a jacket or shirt. According to reports, he did not speak to the girl and was no closer than 20 feet to her.

• Jonathan D. Brough, 27, of Valley Stream Drive, Wheeling, was arrested around 6:25 p.m. May 19 at Lexington Drive and McHenry Road and charged with battery. Reports said he bit a cabdriver in the abdomen and scratched his arms during a struggle. According to reports, Brough tried to pay the cab fare with a debit card, but the card reader said it was declined. The cabdriver refused to return the card until Brough gave him a valid card to pay the fare. Police said Brough got out of the cab, reached into the front passenger's-side seat and tried to retrieve his debit card. The cabdriver was injured during the struggle, reports added.

• Christopher J. Sefan, 21, of Highland Grove, Buffalo Grove, was arrested around 7:20 p.m. May 10 at Walmart, 1455 Lake-Cook Road, and charged with retail theft. Police reports said he hid a video game console in his hoodie and a video game in his pants pocket. His court date is June 4.

• Thieves stole a cellphone valued at $700 out of a student's backpack between 4 and 4:30 p.m. May 13 on the football field at Wheeling High School, 900 S. Elmhurst Road.

• Thieves stole $1,500 out of an open office at Pete Miller's Steakhouse, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., between 9:50 and 9:55 p.m. May 12.

• Thieves stole a cellphone valued at $250 between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 9 out of a student's locker at Jack London School, 1001 W. Dundee Road.

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