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Northwest suburban police blotter

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By Freida Gad

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Arlington Heights

• Thieves stole a leased white 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer with a flat front tire between 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 13 out of an apartment lot on the 500 block of East Seegers Road.

• Vandals used black paint to spray graffiti on rear doors at two businesses in Plaza Del Grato, 1778 W. Algonquin Road, between Oct. 8 and 12.

• Burglars removed a living room window screen and pried open the window between Oct. 5 and 13 at a home on the 1900 block of Oakwood Drive, rifled rooms and stole a drawer containing silver flatware and a gold wedding band out of a jewelry box. Value was estimated at $2,500.

• Mariana M. Lopez, 21, of the 500 block of Wimbleton, Prospect Heights, was arrested around 2:15 a.m. Oct. 13 at Rand and Palatine roads and charged with possession of marijuana, obstructing justice, and driving on a revoked license. Police reports said she gave the arresting officer a false first name. He discovered an arrest warrant for her out of Mount Prospect and identified her after her passenger gave her name. The officer found a small bag of marijuana in her pocket, reports said. Her court date is Nov. 7.

• Thieves stole a catalytic converter between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 11 from a 2005 Honda Element in a restaurant lot at 274 E. Algonquin Road. Value was estimated at $985.

• Burglars stole various hand tools, an air compressor, nail gun, six drills and chargers, and hand saws and chargers between 1 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 out of an unlocked work trailer on the 700 block of West Braeside Drive. Value was estimated at $1,900.


• Thieves stole three sewer covers around noon Oct. 17 at the intersection of Sycamore Lane and Bryn Mawr Avenue. Value was estimated at $300.


• A motorist left Circle K gas station, 106 N. Northwest Hwy., Oct. 6 without paying.

Des Plaines

• A man holding a steak knife with a wooden handle grabbed a woman around her waist between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 13 in a lot at 1165 S. Elmhurst Road. She screamed and he fled north on Elmhurst Road. He was described as 6 feet tall, light skinned, skinny, and wearing blue jeans, black hooded sweatshirt and white gym shoes.

• Burglars rifled 12 vehicles overnight Oct. 12-13 on the 400 block of Crestwood Drive, 600 and 700 blocks of East Rose Avenue, 600 block of East Greenview Avenue, and 600 block of East Prairie Avenue. Items missing from some of the cars included cash, GPS, two battery recharging caps for an electronic cigarette system, backpack, MP3 player, checkbook, and wallet. Value was estimated at $930.

• Thieves stole a black 2001 Chrysler 300M sedan (license plate: R98 6601) out of a parking lot on the 1000 block of South River Road between 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 7:15 a.m. Oct. 10.

• Thieves stole the spare tires between July 31 and Aug. 1 mounted under four vehicles at the Maine West High School Maintenance Building, 1755 S. Wolf Road. Value was estimated at $1,157.

• Burglars broke a storm door and frame between 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. Oct. 10, smashed the door window and stole a men's white bicycle with gray gears, red pouch under the seat and thin tires, out of a rear storage room in a cleaners at 1510 Miner St. Value was estimated at $1,600.

• An employee at a restaurant, 22 E. Northwest Hwy., was scammed around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 by a man calling himself "Raul." He told the employee he was a ComEd employee and payment was not received for September and was now past due. The caller instructed the victim to purchase three $500 Money Paks at CVS or Walgreens, call him back and give him the ID numbers on the back of each card. The employee complied and the loss was estimated at $1,500.

• Thieves stole a catalytic converter between 4 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 from a Toyota 4Runner in a restaurant lot at 1261 E. Algonquin Road. Value was estimated at $2,600.

• Thieves stole a black BMX bike between 11 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9 a.m. Oct. 12 parked behind a garage on the 2400 block of Parkwood Lane. The front and rear wheels had black shiny pegs and there were stickers that said "Hype" and "Unwanted" on the body of the bike. Value was estimated at $190.

• Thieves stole a notebook computer valued at $500 between 2 and 9 a.m. Oct. 12 from a pharmacy loading dock at 200 E. Howard Ave.

• Burglars stole a women's silver mountain bike between Oct. 12 and 15 out of an open garage on the 800 block of East Grant Drive. Value was estimated at $350.

Elk Grove Village

• Burglars tole a cellphone around noon Oct. 6 out of an unlocked 2003 Infiniti on the 800 block of Meacham Road. Value was estimated at $600.

• Burglars broke into two Chevrolet 3600 trucks between 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in an unlocked storage area at Bongi Construction, 135 Gaylord St., and stole several pieces of trenching equipment. Loss was estimated at $50,200.

• Burglars used an electric saw between 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and 7 a.m. Oct. 7 to cut through the overhead door at CMC Refrigeration, 2638 S. United Lane. Three roller assembly units were near the hole but were not taken. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

Hanover Park

• Brandon M. Pinder, 24, of the 500 block of West 14th Place, Chicago, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 on the 1300 block of Kingsbury and charged with criminal trespass to real property.

• Thieves stole an iPod and key ring around 6:55 p.m. Oct. 15 after the victim misplaced them at the Circle K gas station, 1597 Irving Park Road.

• Jamal W.C. Scott, 21, of the 2500 block of Anna Way, Elgin, was arrested around 10:25 p.m. Oct. 14 at 7650 Barrington Road and charged with theft.

• Thieves stole a bicycle around 4:50 p.m. Oct. 11 on the 1100 block of Laurie.

Hoffman Estates

• A man armed with a black revolver robbed a clerk at the Mobil gas station, 615 W. Higgins Road, around 1:30 a.m. Oct. 15. The male clerk gave the robber approximately $65 from the cash drawer. The offender was described as approximately 20 years old, 6 feet tall, skinny build and wearing yellow basketball shorts and a red hooded sweatshirt. He fled west through the parking lot.

•Thieves stole a TV valued at $1,100 between 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 11 out of a home on the 1700 block of Queensbury Circle.

• A security agent for Jewel/Osco, 1485 Palatine Road, saw a man take three bottles of vodka valued at $109 around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and flee in an older model gray Cadillac.

• Thieves stole a girls' red and silver mountain bike valued at $400 between Oct. 3-14 from a driveway on the 4000 block of Victoria Lane.

• Two teenage boys stole an iPad valued at $500, a backpack, and purse around 8 p.m. Oct. 11 out of an unlocked 2000 Ford sedan at Vogelei Park, 640 W. Higgins Road. The victim saw them close the rear passenger's-side door and run away.

• Burglars stole a designer tote bag valued at $1,500 between 8 a.m. Oct. 12 and 7 a.m. Oct. 14 out of an unlocked 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck at a home on the 1300 block of Gloucester Court.

• Thieves stole a wallet between 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Oct. 11 out of a purse in a room at the village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. The victim was performing at the derby murder mystery dinner at the time.

• Someone apparently tried to enter an apartment around 1:45 a.m. Oct. 14 on the 2100 block of Hassell Road, but a chain on the door stopped the offender. The male resident woke to a loud noise. He discovered the front door forced open and the only thing holding it closed was the chain lock. The door was damaged on the outside and the deadbolt lock was broken.

• Thieves stole a women's black bicycle with beige and tan wheels between 9 p.m. Oct. 10 and 8 a.m. Oct. 11 out of an enclosed patio at an apartment on the 900 block of Evanston Street. Value was estimated at $129.

• A vandal hurled a chunk of concrete between 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. Oct. 12 that scratched and dented the truck lid and smashed the rear windshield on a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu in an apartment lot on the 600 block of Salem Drive.

Mount Prospect

• A 70-year-old Mount Prospect resident was tricked into giving his social security number, date of birth, driver's license number and his mother's maiden name when he responded to a letter stating he had won 2.5 million dollars from Publishers Clearing House. He called the number in the letter and a man claiming to be Albert Oliver asked for the man's personal information. When the scammer asked for a credit-card number, the victim became suspicious and did not give it. He called Publishers Clearing House and was advised the letter was not from them. The scammer called the man three times asking for a credit-card number, but he refused.

• Thieves removed two fog lights between 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 5:30 a.m. Oct. 9 from a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser in a lot on the 900 block of Boxwood Drive. Value was estimated at $150.

• Thieves stole a wallet between 3:50 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 after a female customer left it in a shopping cart at Wally's Market, 1731 W. Algonquin Road. Value was estimated at $500.

• Vandals scratched the hood, all four doors, rear hatch door, both bumpers and roof on a 2009 Scion XB between 1:49 and 10:20 p.m. Oct. 8 in a store lot at 999 N. Elmhurst Road. Damage was estimated at $4,000.

• Burglars stole a garage door opener, sunglasses, flashlight, ceramic cigar ashtray, car stereo faceplate, fishing tackle box, and fishing spinning reel rod between 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 a.m. Oct. 7 out of an unlocked 1996 Saturn SL2 at a home on the 0-100 block of South William Street. Value was estimated at $436. During the same time and in the same block, burglars stole two baseball bats, two gloves and a bat bag containing softball equipment out of an unlocked 2013 Ford Edge. Value was estimated at $825. Also during the same time, burglars stole a GPS, headset, charger case, radar detector, flashlight, money clip and loose change out of an unlocked 2006 Infiniti G35 on the 100 block of South Louis Street. Value was estimated at $423.

• Vandals shot BB-gun pellets between 11:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 7 a.m. Oct. 7 at Fairview School, 300 N. Fairview Ave., that shattered the outer pane on two double-pane windows at classroom 157 and one outer pane window at classroom 152. Damage was estimated at $900. School officials report ongoing juvenile delinquency during overnight hours.

• Thieves stole a catalytic converter between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 from a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier in a mall lot at 1025 Center Drive.

• Vandals broke a window between 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 6 a.m. Oct. 11 above door 21 at John Jay School, 1835 Pheasant Trail. Damage was estimated at $100.

• A man suspected of previous thefts was seen taking a bottle of vodka valued at $63 around 11:35 p.m. Sept. 12 from Dominick's, 1042 S. Elmhurst Road. Two men, around 40 years old, one with an eagle tattoo on his neck, were seen taking 108 cans of an energy drink valued at $209 around 3:50 p.m. Oct. 4 from the same store. An employee recalled seeing them take the same energy drink on a previous date.

• A security agent for Walmart, 930 Mount Prospect Plaza, Rand and Central roads, saw a man take a soundbar speaker valued at $188 around 3:45 p.m. Oct. 3, flee the store and leave in a black Dodge Charger driven by a male accomplice.

• Burglars stole an electric planer, two drills, multi-task tool, roto hammer, grinder and jigsaw between 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 a.m. Oct. 8 out of a 2002 Chevrolet Express van in a driveway on the 1300 block of Lama Lane. Value was estimated at $1,255.


• Vandals slashed two tires between 3:40 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 a.m. Oct. 10 on a 1998 Chevrolet sedan on the 200 block of East Palatine Road. Damage was estimated at $125.

• A woman and child may have stolen a cellphone around 10:25 a.m. Oct. 11 from a desk at Re/Max Unlimited Northwest, 200 E. Northwest Hwy. An employee noticed the cellphone missing after they left. Value was estimated at $200.

• Loretta Hankin, 57, of the 20800 block of Swansway, Barrington, was arrested around 4:20 p.m. Oct. 11 on the 0-100 block of West Slade Street and charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, DUI, and traffic violations.

• Keith D. Williams, 26, of the 1300 block of North Turtle Creek Drive, Palatine, was arrested Oct. 11 and charged with two felony counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Prospect Heights

• A resident of the Comfort Inn, 600 N. Milwaukee Ave., discovered her pink luggage bag missing around 9:15 p.m. Oct. 14. Her roommates denied seeing the bag. Value was estimated at $50.

• Vandals used a black pen Oct. 14 to write graffiti on an exterior building sign at the Metra depot, 101 S. Wolf Road.

• Thieves stole a wallet containing a Washington State driver's license, two credit cards, and $200 between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Oct. 10 from a guest at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave. The female owner left her computer bag in a downstairs hallway/seating area, and someone took the wallet out of the bag, even though she had kept it within eyesight. An offender used one of the credit cards for a $1,002 purchase at a Cabela's.

Rolling Meadows

• Offenders stole undisclosed items around 11 a.m. Oct. 14 at 2550 Golf Road.

Burglars stole undisclosed items around 11:20 a.m. Oct. 14 out of a car on the 1800 block of Winnetka Circle.

• Burglars stole undisclosed items around 10:10 p.m. Oct. 14 out of a home on the 4600 block of Kenilworth Drive.


• Fasha M. Welch, 18, of the 3700 block of South Indiana, Chicago, was arrested around 5:40 p.m. Oct. 12 at Spencer Gifts in Woodfield Mall and charged with retail theft after a security agent told police she took four shirts. Her court date is Nov. 1.

• Ricardo Valdez, 23, of the 3300 block of South Union, Chicago, was arrested around 1:35 a.m. Oct. 13 on the 1800 block of East Golf Road and charged with theft of services. Police reports said he refused to pay a cab fare. His court date is Nov. 5.

• Heather Lynn Cox, 35, of the 800 block of Asbury Lane, Schaumburg, was arrested around 2:20 a.m. Oct. 13 at her home and charged with disorderly conduct. Police reports said she hurled a bottle of beer that splashed an officer and a man waiting for a taxicab. Her court date is Nov. 27.

• Monique Wieliczko, 19, of the 700 block of Primrose Lane, Schaumburg, was arrested around 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in an apartment lot on the 2300 block of Discovery Drive and charged with criminal damage to property. Police reports said witnesses saw her use a pair of scissors to puncture two tires on her former boyfriend's 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Damage was estimated at $700. According to her statement, she tried to enter the man's apartment to retrieve her cellphone and dog but could not get inside the building. She climbed onto the second-floor balcony but could not open the patio door. Her court date is Nov. 21.

• Ryan P. Rofus, 19, of the 2300 block of Pennview Lane, Schaumburg, was arrested around 5:55 p.m. Oct. 2 at Whole Foods, 750 N. Martingale Road, and charged with retail theft after a security agent told police he took four lobster tails. His court date is Oct. 18.


• Burglars forced open exterior doors between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at a home on the 100 block of Timber Trail and stole jewelry out of a bedroom.

• A man purchased merchandise valued at $1,351 with 14 counterfeit $100 bills around 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Walmart, 850 S. Barrington Road.

• A man was seen on a security video stealing tools around 12:15 a.m. Oct. 8 out of a business warehouse at 33 Sangra Court.

• Burglars broke into a 2007 Saturn Ion between 11 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 a.m. Oct. 8 in a driveway on the 0-100 bock of West Briarwood Drive and stole a purse from the front passenger's-side seat.

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