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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

• A 71-year-old woman was scammed out of more than $28,000 by a male she met through an online dating service on May 1. He represented himself as a 63-year-old man and began to ask her to send him money though they had only ever exchanged a small number of text messages. She sent more than $28,000 via Western Union to Poland.

• An Arlington Heights woman was scammed when she listed furniture for sale online. She received an email around 1 p.m. June 3 from a potential buyer who agreed to pay $2,600 via PayPal and later received an email that she believed was from PayPal asking her to wire money to a moving company. She wired the money through her debit card, but when the buyer's payment never arrived, she contacted PayPal. They advised her that the emails were frauds and PayPal would credit her debit card for the payment to the movers.

• An Arlington Heights woman deflected a potential scam after she received a phone call June 4. She had submitted a payday loan application online. The caller claimed to be an FBI agent. He told her the application did not include some important information, and if she did not provide it, her Social Security number would be blocked. He asked for her bank account routing number, but she hung up and notified her bank.

• A man stole several packages of razors, valued at $248, around 2:25 p.m. June 5 from Walgreens, 1711 W. Campbell St. He fled in a black SUV backed into a handicapped parking space near the front doors.

• A thief removed a black Samsung Galaxy Note II cellphone valued at $650 from a display table at the AT&T store at 585 E. Palatine Road about 11:05 a.m. June 4. The suspect is a white male, about 40, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, dark-colored hair with beard/mustache, wearing sunglasses, Nike baseball hat, white T-shirt with "History in the Making" on the front, dark shorts and white gym shoes.

• Thieves shattered the driver's side window on a black 2008 BMW 335i parked in a parking lot at a business at 320 E. Golf Road about 8:30 p.m. and removed a wallet from the center console contained credit cards and $5 cash.

• Thieves removed a black men's Mongoose bicycle valued at $150 which was left unsecured on the front porch in the 1500 block of South Harvard on May 26.

• Thieves stole a Boy's green 21-speed Trek mountain bike valued at $500 left unsecured on the ground while the owner was taking nature pictures in the 1100 block of South Old Wilke Road about 2 p.m. June 1.

• Thieves picked a combination lock securing a locker at XSport Fitness, 960 W. Dundee Road, about 1 p.m. May 31. They removed the victim's wallet and made fraudulent purchases at Dick's Sporting Goods, Whole Foods and a Shell Gas Station for more than $600.

• Vandals drove their vehicle across a new underground sprinkler system and new sod in the 500 block of South Rammer Avenue overnight May 31. The damage to sprinkler system is unknown and the sod damage is estimated at $300.

Des Plaines

• Scott E. Huske, 49, of the 15500 block of East Mustang Drive, Fountain Hills, Ariz., was arrested around 9:30 a.m. May 23 at Extended Stay Hotel, 1201 E. Touhy Ave., and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Officers found crystal meth, liquid anabolic steroids, syringes, glass bowl and glass smoking pipe in his hotel room, police reports said.

• Jason D. Jackson, 28, of the 1300 block of East Highland Drive, Des Plaines, was arrested around 7:20 p.m. May 30 on the 2000 block of South Ash Street and charged with traffic violations and possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen motor vehicle (a 2001 Cadillac out of Cicero).

• Jesus Teno, 65, of the 1500 block of South Woodland Avenue, Des Plaines, was arrested around 8:20 p.m. May 31 at a public bench in the Market Square shopping center, 1506 E. Market St., and charged with public indecency after a 29-year-old woman said she saw him expose himself, according to police reports. His court date is June 27.

• Vandals shattered the rear driver's-side window on a 1989 Dodge Caravan between 4 and 4:30 p.m. June 2 on the 200 block of West Dover Drive. Damage was estimated at $300.

• Vandals scratched the trunk hatch on a 2013 Ford Edge SUV between 1 and 2 p.m. May 30 in a lot at 495 Lee St. Damage was estimated at $500.

• A man placed several draperies on the counter in a dry cleaners shop, 580 E. Potter Road, around 11:10 a.m. May 31 and asked for an estimate on cleaning the items. The clerk gave him a price, but he said it was too high. She said she could reduce it by $10, but he said that was still too much. He scooped up the draperies and apparently took the woman's cellphone from the counter as he did so. She tracked the phone to a location on Ballard, but then someone turned off the phone. Value was estimated at $300.

• A man stole a woman's smartphone valued at $600 around 11:45 a.m. May 31 after she left it on a counter at 7-Eleven, 2579 E. Ballard Road.

• Thieves stole a stereo and massage therapy chair out of an apartment on the 1000 block of South River Drive between May 14 and 18. The female resident had evacuated the apartment when it flooded during the recent storms and discovered the items missing when she returned. According to reports, her landlord had hired a company to clean and pack up the items in the apartment. Value was estimated at $400.

• Thieves stole a security camera out of an apartment building garage between May 29 and 31 on the 100 block of West Dover Drive. Value was estimated at $60.

• Thieves stole a children's scooter around 6:45 p.m. May 29 from a girl in the park at 440 Laurel Ave. Value was estimated at $50.

Mount Prospect

• Panthesh E. Patel, 24, of the 8600 block of Gregory, Des Plaines, was arrested around 10:20 p.m. May 27 at his home and charged with criminal damage to property after he was accused by a witness of using a rifle-style BB gun to shoot and break glass covers over four light bulbs on a parking lot light pole at the Mount Prospect Park District's RecPlex, 420 W. Dempster St., around 8 p.m. May 27, police said. Damage was estimated at $800. His court date is July 1.

• Addrick R. Stich, 19, of the 1200 block of Cottonwood Lane, Mount Prospect, and Karl J. Arvidson, 19, of the 100 block of North Wolf Road, Des Plaines, were arrested around 2:40 a.m. May 30 and charged with village ordinance underage consumption of alcohol after an officer on patrol saw them riding their bikes on the median at Central and Williams roads. The officer thought they looked younger than 17 and might be in curfew violation; instead the officer detected alcohol on their breath, police reports said.

• Thieves stole a purse containing two paychecks (valued at $3,200), checkbook, debit card, driver's license and social security card after the female victim left it in a shopping cart in a store lot at 930 Mount Prospect Plaza around 7:25 p.m. June 2.

• Thieves stole a cellphone and money out of a carrying case in an apartment lot on the 0-100 block of West Central Road around 2:50 p.m. May 29. The female victim found the case in front of her car but the phone and money were missing. Value was estimated at $960.

• Burglars stole a black cargo net carrying bag, eight tie downs in two blue canvas bags, and 110 assorted bungee cords out of an unlocked 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on the 900 block of Candota Avenue between May 26 and 29. Value was estimated at $200.

• Thieves took a cellphone valued at $600 from a woman's back pocket at Kohl's, 1500 S. Elmhurst Road, between 11 and 11:20 a.m. June 2.

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