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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 St. Patrick's Day Holiday Enforcement Campaign netted these results: one arrest for DUI; three for drug-related offenses, three warrant arrests, two arrests for suspended driver's licenses, eight for unlicensed driving, eight citations for uninsured motorists, six seat belt violations and 46 miscellaneous traffic violations.

• Vandals pulled the driver's-side window away from the roof and damaged the convertible top between 5 p.m. March 21 and 9:30 a.m. March 22 on a 2004 Chrysler Sebring in a driveway on the 200 block of South Fernandez Avenue.

• Vandals put a 2-foot-long scratch between 8 p.m. March 20 and 8:30 a.m. March 21 on a 2013 Acura TL sedan on the 1400 block of Concord Drive.

• Vandals scratched letters into a brown wood varnished dining table between 7 and 9:05 p.m. March 22 at Rack House, 222 E. Algonquin Road. Damage was estimated at $400.

• Thieves stole a black purse between 6 and 6:32 p.m. March 21 out of a shopping cart at Salvation Army store, 250 W. Rand Road. Value was estimated at $820.


Police said their St. Patrick's Day "Drive to Survive" DUI and seat belt enforcement campaigns included an additional 29 hours of specialized DUI traffic enforcement and led to these results: one arrest for no valid driver's license, one for driving while license suspended, one male juvenile passenger for possession of cannabis, seven warning or traffic citations for speeding violations, two traffic citations for insurance violations, and 18 warning or traffic citations for other moving or non-moving violations. Police conducted an additional 20 hours of enforcement to target seat belt violations, resulting in 23 citations.

• Thieves stole a black 2009 Chevrolet Malibu around 12:01 a.m. March 18 out of the Metra parking lot at Railroad Avenue.

Des Plaines

• A man stepped through shrubbery between 7 and 8:20 p.m. March 17 and into the backyard at a home on the 1100 block of South Hewitt Drive. A boy playing in the yard saw the man looking at him with an outstretched hand. The boy heard the man say, "Can you come over here please." The boy walked toward his back door and the offender fled east on Algonquin Road. He was described as a male white or Hispanic, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, facial hair, thin build, and wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and tan work boots.

• Thieves stole $125 between March 14 and 19 out of coin boxes in an apartment building laundry room on the 300 block of Oak Street.

• Thieves may have taken a cellphone around 9:30 p.m. March 19 after the female owner felt it drop out of her pocket as she left Maine West High School, 1755 S. Wolf Road. Value was estimated at $600.

• Burglars forced open a rear door between 7:10 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 19 at a home on the 1500 block of East Ashland Avenue and stole a computer tablet and case, an iPod, an e-reader, a men's gold ring, a women's silver charm bracelet and gold ring with a single white pearl, four pairs of tickets to Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre shows and two pairs of theater tickets to the Metropolis Theatre in Arlington Heights. Loss was estimated at $2,050.

• Burglars stole a small laptop computer, stereo, and loose change between 10 p.m. March 13 and 6 a.m. March 14 out of an unlocked Honda on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. Value was estimated at $1,420.

• Thieves are suspected of taking two laptop computers valued at $1,400 between Jan. 25 and March 19 after a futile search of the Haplin Group building, 1150 N. River Road.

• Jennifer Nejad, 27, of the 1500 block of East Oakton Street, Des Plaines, was arrested around 9:20 p.m. March 19 at an apartment building on the 1500 block of South Maple Street and charged with criminal damage to property. Police reports said a witness saw her break the glass on an interior security entry door and enter the building. Her court date is May 8.

• A security agent saw a man take two coats, place one in a shopping bag and carry the second in his hand, around 5:10 p.m. March 17 at Kmart, 1155 E. Oakton St., and leave without paying. Value was estimated at $50. He was described as older, 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, white hair, fair complexion and wearing a plaid jacket and a white fedora-type hat.

• Thieves stole a white 2007 Vanguard trailer between March 14 and 17 out of a lot at 2065 Mannheim Road.

• A man took two gaming chips valued at $2,000 around 5:15 p.m. March 16 from the top of a slot machine in the high limit room at Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road. The male player protested, but the man told him he would cash the chips in for him. He walked away and did not return. The victim has limited mobility and was unable to chase him.

• Thieves stole a pair of gym shoes between noon March 10 and 9 a.m. March 11 out of a locker at Maine West High School, 1755 Wolf Road. Value was estimated at $250.

• Thieves stole a cellphone and case around 1:35 p.m. March 14 out of a locker in the girls' locker room at Maine West High School, 1755 S. Wolf Road. Value was estimated at $580.

• A man and woman stole a wallet from two women around 12:42 p.m. March 15 at Jewel, 1500 S. Lee St. According to the victims, the woman approached each victim separately and talked with each about produce. The man then threw his coat over each victim's cart, covering her purse. He removed the wallet and walked away, followed by the female offender.

• Joseph Diaz, 28, of the 4200 block of North Newland, Norridge, was arrested around 4:10 a.m. March 15 at Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road, and charged with battery and disorderly conduct. A security agent told police Diaz was intoxicated, loud and belligerent and was asked to leave the property. When escorted out to the valet entrance, he kicked one of the agents in the shin, and urinated on the side of the building, the security agent told police. His court date is April 14.

• Andy Santana, 42, of the 4200 block of West Haddon, Chicago, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. March 7 in a lot at 2380 S. River Road and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. His court date is March 26.

Elk Grove

• Thieves stole a 2005 Stoughton trailer valued at $15,000 around 2:45 a.m. March 14 at Mainfreight USA, 1500 Chase.

• Vandals smashed the rear window between March 13 and 14 on a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan in a driveway on the 700 block of Milbeck. Damage was estimated at $300.

• Eldon M. Rivelli, 32, of the 800 block of Pahl Road, Elk Grove Village, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. March 15 on the 800 block of Wellington Avenue and charged with assaulting a peace officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His court date is March 31.

• Thieves stole a utility trailer loaded with tires between noon March 15 and 10 a.m. March 16 at MGM Express, 2401 Pan Am Blvd.

• A witness reported that two male offenders broke a door lock around 11:20 a.m. March 14 at a laundry room in a condominium building on the 600 block of Perrie Drive, pried open coin boxes on four washers and dryers and stole cash. Loss was estimated at $1,330. Two males also forced open a laundry room door in a condominium building on the 900 block of Perrie Drive around 1:40 p.m. March 15 and stole cash out of 10 coin boxes. Loss was estimated at $950.

• The police St. Patrick's Day holiday period traffic crackdown produced these results in 36 hours of extra patrols: 110 vehicles were stopped and citations were issued for: 101 seat belt violations, six improper use of an electronic control device (cellphones), four child restraint violations, one uninsured motorist, one disobeyed traffic signal and 14 other violations. Additionally, one person was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant, one for driving on a revoked drivers license and four were cited for drug-related violations. Elk Grove police in conjunction with Arlington Heights police also conducted a roadside safety check on Arlington Heights Road at I-90 that produced one arrest for DUI, one for driving while license revoked, seven for no valid driver's license, six seat belt violations, eight uninsured motorist violations, three drug-related charges and 41 other violations.


• Burglars pried the front door between 3:30 p.m. March 10 and 6:30 p.m. March 11 at a home on the 1200 block of South Falcon Drive, ransacked bedroom dressers and stole a gold and platinum watch valued at $10,000.

• Vandals punctured four tires between 8 p.m. March 9 and 6 a.m. March 10 on a 1999 Ford in a lot on the 1800 block of North Green Lane.

• Burglars stole a black knapsack with clothes and keys between 10 p.m. March 15 and 8 a.m. March 16 out of an unlocked 2013 Toyota SUV in a driveway on the 1300 of East Michele Drive.

Hoffman Estates

• Kathleen M. Spallone, 47, of the 1200 block of Gulf Keys, Elgin, was arrested around 10:06 p.m. March 16 at Route 59 and Streamwood and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Reports said an officer found a pistol under a passenger's-side seat in her car. Her court date is April 2.

• A female resident was scammed out of $1,358 between March 14 and 15 after she received a letter inviting her to work as a secret shopper. The letter told her to deposit an enclosed check of $1,997.50 from TS Mart Store into her personal checking account. She was told to send $782 by Western Union to an individual in Spain and $476 by MoneyGram to another location. Her bank notified her that the check was bogus.

• Thieves stole a brown and white female pit bull between 5:30 and 6 a.m. March 19, chained near the rear patio at a home on the 1900 block of Jamestown Circle.

• Thieves stole an iPad between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. March 16 out of a backpack while the victim played basketball at Willow Rec center, 3600 Lexington Drive. Value was estimated at $350.

• Thieves stole a boys' blue and white bicycle between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. March 18 from a bike rack at Barrington Lakes Clubhouse, 2210 Hassell Road. Value was estimated at $100.

• Burglars stole a set of wooden dog stairs between 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 19 placed beside a couch in an apartment on the 900 block of Grand Canyon Drive.

• Thieves stole a wallet valued at $135 between 2:15 and 3:25 p.m. March 15 out of a customer's purse at Mariano's, 2575 W. Golf Road. The purse was hanging on a shopping cart.

• A resident on the 4000 block of West Sturbridge heard footsteps between 2:45 and 3 a.m. The resident was in a basement bedroom. He went upstairs but no one was in the house and nothing appeared to be missing. A storage bin in the garage had been overturned.

• Thieves stole a credit card between March 13 and 16 out of a purse in an office at Alden Poplar Creek nursing home, 1545 N. Barrington Road. Someone used the card to make charges valued between $350 and $400 at Cubby Bear in Chicago.

Hanover Park

• Robert M. Stolzman III, 28, of the 1000 block of Waterford, Bartlett, was arrested around 2:25 a.m. March 16 on the 6800 block of Longmeadow and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and resisting.

• Burglars stole jewelry and cash around 2 p.m. March 13 out of a home on the 7500 block of Churchill.

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