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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

• The Arlington Heights Police Department has issued a scam alert: Seniors need to be aware of a newer scam. Seniors may receive an automated call from an agency claiming a medical alert system was purchased for them by an unknown party. They ask the potential victim for banking and other personal information to register the system. Some callers will offer the senior thousands of dollars in grocery certificates along with a free medical alert bracelet. The offenders are just trying to gain the person's banking and personal information to gain access to their accounts or possibly to open new accounts. Never provide bank account information, Medicare number, Social Security number or any other personal information to someone over the phone. Always be wary of anyone offering you something for "free" in exchange for your information.

• A woman took a bottle of perfume valued at $76 around 7:45 p.m. Oct. 7 from Ulta Beauty, 456 E. Rand Road. She was described as a black female, 40 years old, 5-foot-11, 350 pounds and wearing a long gray coat.

• Thieves stole a green porcelain garden frog, broke the head off a porcelain garden turtle, and pulled out the walkway landscaping lights between 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at a home on the 1200 block of West Keating Drive.

• Burglars stole an iPad, radar detector and GPS between 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 6:45 a.m. Oct. 7 out of a 2011 Toyota Camry in an apartment lot on the 4100 block of North Bloomington Avenue. Value was estimated at $1,300.


• Michael R. Trevino, 29, of the 6000 block of South McVicker Avenue, Chicago, was arrested Sept. 26 at 101 S. Northwest Hwy. and charged with felony continuing financial crime enterprise.

• Simon P. Shell, 29, of the 33W300 block of South Street, Lafayette, Ind., was arrested Oct. 2 at 227 W. Northwest Hwy. and charged with forgery and felony theft by deception.

• Thieves stole an American flag and pole Sept. 30 from the front of a home on the 600 block of South Summit Street.

Des Plaines

• A Des Plaines woman was scammed out of $3,400 Sept. 30 when she received a phone call around 1:10 p.m. from a man stating he worked for Citi Bank and was conducting an internal investigation. The caller instructed her to withdraw the money from her account and meet a "Mr. Murphy" in a store parking lot. She did as she was told and handed the money to a man described as 60 years old, 5-foot-9, and wearing a baseball hat, gray shirt and pants.

• Burglars pried the rear sliding glass door between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at a home on the 600 block of Lyman Avenue and stole two TVs, an iPad, and a jewelry box containing diamond jewelry. Loss was estimated at $23,400. Before gaining entry, the offenders apparently tried to pry or drill their way through the front door and garage pedestrian door.

• Anthony M. Best, 19, of the 1300 block of East Fargo Avenue, Des Plaines, was arrested around 1:05 a.m. Oct. 8 on the 1300 block of East Fargo Avenue and charged with battery. Reports said he hit an officer on the lower arm while the officer was escorting him off the property. His court date is Nov. 18.

• Sandra Soto-Hernandez, 30, of the 1800 block of South Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, was arrested around 5:40 p.m. Oct. 7 on the 1800 block of South Pine Court and charged with battery. Reports said she spit on the right side of a victim's face. Her court date is Nov. 18.

• Chris W. Kromidas, 43, of the 1300 block of Rand Road, Des Plaines, was arrested around 1:20 p.m. Oct. 6 on the 1400 block of Market Street and charged with battery. Reports said he argued with a victim about money owed. Police accuse Kromidas of pushing the victim to the ground and slamming the victim's face into the concrete four times. A court date is Nov. 8.

• Vandals shot BB-gun pellets between Oct. 4 and 7 that damaged the warning sign at the entrance to the BMX skate park, 515 E. Thacker St. Damage was estimated at $100.

• Witnesses saw a man driving a red sedan take a leaf blower between 3:30 and 3:40 p.m. Oct. 7 out of an open landscape trailer on the 900 block of Est Villa Drive. Value was estimated at $500.

• Thieves stole a youth-size yellow mountain bike between 8:40 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 7 from a bike rack at Brentwood School, 260 Dulles Road. Value was estimated at $200.

• A man loaded a shopping cart with a TV, cable, electric shaver, car mats, and numerous cosmetic and food items, value estimated at $1,005, between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Kmart, 1155 E. Oakton St., and pushed the cart to the parking lot without paying for the merchandise. He abandoned the cart and merchandise and fled in an idling vehicle when a security agent chased him.

• Burglars cut a locked chain link gate between 6 p.m. Oct. 3 and 6 a.m. Oct. 4 at Krueger Concrete, 1200 E. Golf Road, and stole a drill, three circular saws and a laser level out of an unlocked truck in the yard. Loss was estimated at $1,500.

• Burglars kicked open a second-floor hallway door between 11 p.m. Oct. 2 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at Ellinwood Automotive, 1577 E. Ellinwood St., and stole a revolver valued at $150 out of the main office.

• Burglars broke into a home on the 500 block of South Warrington Road between 3 and 11:27 p.m. Oct. 6, ransacked a bedroom and opened a china cabinet door, but nothing appeared to be missing.

• A man driving a black Cadillac Escalade SUV stole a hitch receiver from another Escalade around 3:35 a.m. Oct. 5 in a lot at Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road. Value was estimated at $150.

• A man was seen taking a cellphone in a pink case around 2:25 p.m. Oct. 3 at Little Ceasars Restaurant, 1455 S. Lee St., after the victim placed it on a counter. He was described as 35-40 years old, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, balding, beard and mustache, and wearing a gray T-shirt and a white bandage on his arm. Value was estimated at $600.

• Burglars stole a laptop computer valued at $3,000 between 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 7:15 a.m. Oct. 3 out of an unlocked Toyota pickup truck in a driveway on the 1900 block of West Morse Avenue.

• Thieves stole a black computer bag containing 4-5 screwdrivers, 5-6 software CDs, and keys that access Chase Bank branches after the victim, who was working on an ATM in the bank lot, 1950 S. Lee St., left the bag next to the machine around 9:10 p.m. Oct. 1. Value was estimated at $50.

• Thieves stole a silver 2012 Dodge Avenger sedan between Aug. 19 and Sept. 10 out of a lot at 2170 Mannheim Road. The car was unlocked and the key was in the ignition.

Elk Grove Village

• Burglars stole a laptop computer, loose change and two gift cards between 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sept. 27 out of a 2003 Saab on the 1700 block of Block of Vermont Drive. Value was estimated at $2,510.

• Thieves stole two 2012 Great Dane trailers valued at $30,000 between 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at 1000 Lee St. Offenders broke the driver's-side window on a 1998 Freightliner tractor truck, ransacked the interior and pried open a toolbox, but nothing appears to be missing. Damage was estimated at $500. Offenders also broke both windows on a 2000 Freightliner tractor truck, damaged the dashboard and overhead compartment, but nothing appeared to be missing. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

• Thieves stole a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck between 10 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m. Sept. 29 out of a lot on the 1000 block of Busse Road. Value was estimated at $30,000.

• Burglars broke into a 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck between 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and stole several small hand tools, power tools, and scrap aluminum on the 1000 block of Conrad. Loss was estimated at $4,200.

• Thieves cut a chain-link fence between 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and noon Oct. 3 at Elk Grove Truck & Trailer Repair, 1901 Pratt, and stole eight tires from a 2007 Freightliner Columbia semi-tractor. Value was estimated at $5,000.

• Burglars stole a golf bag, clubs and pushcart between 11 a.m. Sept. 27 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29 out of an unlocked 2012 Dodge Challenger on the 1300 block of Cumberland Circle East. Value was estimated at $2,500.

• Nicole D. Natschke, 20, of the 0-100 bloc of Shelley Road, Elk Grove Village, was arrested around 1 p.m. Sept 19 at her home and charged with forgery. Her court date is Oct. 11.

• Yaelys M. Lopez, 20, of the 8600 block of West Grand Avenue, River Grove, was arrested around 12:40 a.m. Oct. 1 at Oakton Street and I-90 and charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. John A. McKenzie, 19, of the 8200 block of West Irving Park Road, Chicago, and Ryan J. Cube, 20, of the 2200 block of North 72nd Court, Elmwood Park, were charged with consumption of alcoholic liquor by a minor. Their court date is Nov. 7.

• Burglars stole a GPS valued at $300 between 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 8 a.m. Sept. 27 out of a 2012 Honda on the 1200 block of Old Mill Lane.

• Burglars broke into a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer between 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. Sept. 29 on the 1600 block of Oakton Street and stole a purse. Loss was estimated at $300.

• Thieves stole a diamond pendant valued at $1,000 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 out of the bathroom in a hotel guest room at 121 Northwest Point Blvd.

• Thieves broke into a gang box between 3 p.m. Sept. 27 and 7 a.m. Sept. 30 at a construction site on the 1600 block of Estes Avenue and tole all the tools. Loss was estimated at $4,250.

• Burglars pried the rear door between 3 p.m. Sept. 30 and 5:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at Teddy's Diner, 1065 Rohlwing Road, and stole money out of the cash register. Loss was estimated at $700.

• Burglars stole two pairs of designer sunglasses and a running jacket between 12:01 and 9 a.m. Oct. 2 out of a 2010 Honda Civic on the 300 block of University. Value was estimated at $680.


• A vandal hurled a large rock between 7 and 8 a.m. Oct. 4 that smashed the rear window on a Chevrolet sedan on the 1800 block of North Iris Drive.

• Burglars stole a passport around 4:25 p.m. Oct. 4 out of an unlocked Chrysler van at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court.

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