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Northwest suburban police blotter

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By Freida Gad

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Arlington Heights

• Thieves stole five catalytic converters between 2 and 2:30 p.m. April 19 in store lots at 615 E. Palatine Road and 600 E. Rand Road. Targets included a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2003 Honda Element, 1998 Pontiac Transport van, 2003 Pontiac Sunfire and 1995 Buick Skylark.

• Thieves stole a purse between 1 and 2 p.m. April 18 out of a customer's shoulder bag hanging on the back of her chair at Starbucks, 33 S. Evergreen. Someone used credit cards in the purse at the Arlington Heights Target for $1,000 and at Auto Zone for $85.

• Burglars stole a Swiss Army knife in a box between 8 p.m. April 17 and 7:15 a.m. April 18 out of a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup Truck on the 1400 block of North Chestnut. Value was estimated at $50.

• Thieves stole two hubcaps between March 25 and April 18 from a 2009 Nissan Versa at 155 E. Eastman. Value was estimated at $100.

• A vandal hurled a chunk of concrete between 9:30 p.m. April 18 and 8:30 a.m. April 19 through the rear window on a 2013 Kia Optima in an apartment parking lot on the 500 block of East Seegers Road.

• A teenage boy opened the unlocked front driver's-side door around 9:40 p.m. April 17 on a 2009 Ford Escape on the 1300 block of Jo Lane. The victim saw him looking into the car. He fled; nothing appeared to be missing.

• Thieves stole a handmade Easter chick decoration between 8 p.m. April 17 and 8 p.m. April 18 out of the front yard at home on the 1500 block of North Highland. Value was estimated at $50.

Des Plaines

• Burglars stole a wallet, computer tablet, and laptop computer between 3 p.m. April 20 and 1:20 p.m. April 21 out of a Nissan in a driveway on the 1100 block of Walter Avenue. Value was estimated at $1,300.

• A man standing outside the drive-through window around 1:45 a.m. April 21 at a restaurant at 455 S. Graceland Ave. hurled a rock through the window when asked to leave. Damage was estimated at $200.

• Thieves cut the lock and stole a men's red road bicycle with silver pedals and a rack on the back and a black bag under the seat between 7:07 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. April 18 from a bike rack at the Metra depot, 1501 E. Miner St. Value was estimated at $800.

• Thieves stole a Smith and Wesson 340 PD, air weight, brushed finish, rubber grip 5-shot revolver loaded with .380 rounds between 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. April 19 from a car wash at 2711 Mannheim Road after a retired police officer left it on the sink in a wash room. Value was estimated at $400.

• Burglars broke a window between April 19 and 20 at a mechanics shop at 2100 Touhy Ave., entered the shop, rummaged through the office area, and stole a 1999 Buick Century sedan parked in front of the shop.

Elk Grove Village

• Burglars tried but failed to pry open the rear door between 4 p.m. April 14 and noon April 15 at Sharp Metal Products, 140 Joey Drive. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

Mount Prospect

• Thieves stole a men's black and silver bike between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 15 from a bike rack at Prospect Avenue and Main Street. Value was estimated at $200.

• Vandals used a chunk of asphalt between 5:30 p.m. April 17 and 6:30 p.m. April 18 to crack the windshield, dent and scratch the hood and break a driver's-side window on a 1998 Toyota Camry on the 1200 block of Boxwood Drive. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

• A man stole a TV valued at $398 around 3:19 a.m. April 18 from Walmart in the Mount Prospect Plaza, Rand and Central roads. He removed it from a display, put it in a shopping car and left. He drove away in a silver SUV.

• Thieves stole a men's locked blue and gray mountain bike between 11:10 a.m. and 8:11 p.m. April 14 parked in a Metra lot, 11 E. Northwest Hwy. Value was estimated at $700.

• Vandals used a black marker on an unknown date but reported April 17 to draw graffiti on several pieces of playground equipment in Bluett Park, 1408 E. Thayer St. The park belongs to the Des Plaines Park District. Damage was estimated at $100.

• Thieves stole a cellphone valued at $300 between 5:30 and 7 p.m. April 16 out of an unlocked men's locker at LA Fitness in the Mount Prospect Plaza, Rand and Central roads.

• Thieves stole four wheels and tires between 11 p.m. April 16 and 7:37 a.m. April 17 from a 2013 Scion FR-S in an apartment lot on the 1500 block of West Dempster Street. Loss was estimated at $2,400.

• Thieves stole a purse and cellphone between noon and 1:30 p.m. April 10 from a customer at Pei Wei, 1021 N. Elmhurst Road. Value was estimated at $275.

• Thieves stole a power rake and power edger between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 10 out of an unlocked and open 2007 Continental trailer on the 300 block of North Dale Street. The lawn care workers took a break and discovered the items missing when they returned. Value was estimated at $1,000.

Prospect Heights

• Burglars broke into a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta and a 2010 Honda, both on the 200 block of Andover Drive, and into a 1996 Toyota Camry on the 800 block of Andover Drive between 9:30 p.m. April 13 and 7 a.m. April 14 and stole $20 out of the Jetta, $5 out of the Honda; nothing was apparently missing out of the Camry.


• Burglars stole a backpack between 3:40 and 3:45 p.m. April 10 out of an unlocked 2007 Honda in a store lot at 12 N. Northwest Hwy. The bag contained an iPad, cellphone, wallet and textbooks.

• Vandals shattered the rear driver's-side window between 12 and 8 a.m. April 12 on a 2002 Dodge van on the 1200 block of North Isle Royal Circle.

• Vandals smashed the windshield and scratched the entire exterior of a 2012 Hyundai between 6 p.m. April 12 and 11 a.m. April 13 on the 700 block of East Constitution Drive.

• Burglars stole an iPod between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. April 18 out of an unlocked 1995 Ford sedan in a store lot at 1555 N. Rand Road.

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