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Northwest suburban police blotter

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By Freida Gad

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• Juan Mora, 20, of the 300 block of Raymond Street, Elgin, was arrested around 12:22 a.m. May 11 at Oneida and Crest avenues and charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, aggravated DUI, no valid driver's license, uninsured vehicle and lighting violation.

Elk Grove Village

• Steven O. Figueroa, 21, of the 900 block of Perrie Drive, Elk Grove Village, was arrested around 12:28 p.m. May 6 on the 600 block of Perrie Drive and charged with residential burglary. His court date is May 29.

• Thieves may have used a roof crane between April 26 and May 2 to lower and steal a large piece of construction equipment and two power cables from a roof at 2700 York Road. Value was estimated at $9,200.

• Thieves stole 10 tires between April 28 and May 5 from a 2010 Volvo tractor parked along the side of a building at 2400 American Lane. Value was estimated at $8,500.

• Thieves broke into a hotel room between 6:30 p.m. May 5 and 5 a.m. May 6 at 1900 Oakton St. and stole a computer, bag and two gold wedding bands. Value was estimated at $9,200.

• Burglars stole a cellphone valued at $500 between 2 and 2:20 p.m. April 20 out of an unlocked 1996 Toyota Corolla in a driveway on the 800 block of Cutter Lane.

• Vandals damaged the west side of the park building between 3 p.m. April 24 and 8 a.m. April 25 at 999 Leicester. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

• Vandals shattered the LCD touch screen between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. May 3 on a Redbox in front of a store at 901 Meacham Road. Damage was estimated at $700.

• Thieves stole a 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck valued at $800 between 9 p.m. May 3 and 1:40 a.m. May 5 on the 200 block of Clearmont.

Hanover Park

• Edward E. Talaczynski, 66, of the 6900 block of Hemlock, Hanover Park, was arrested around 7:18 p.m. May 12 at his home and charged with battery and possession of weapons and ammunition without a Firearms Owner ID card.

• Unknown armed offenders robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store around 1:11 a.m. May 9 at 1610 Walnut.

• Thieves stole a pair of sunglasses around 5:30 p.m. May 9 from a customer counter at Chase Bank, 1640 Irving Park Road.

• Thieves stole an unlocked bicycle around 5 p.m. May 8 at County Farm and Ontarioville.

Hoffman Estates

• Thieves climbed a fence around a swimming pool between 6 p.m. May 11 and 8:45 a.m. May 12 at an apartment clubhouse on the 900 block of Grand Canyon and stole a day bed ottoman with five throws. The management had just received new pool deck furniture and locked it in the fenced pool area. The pool is scheduled to open for the season on May 31. Value was estimated at $4,259.

• Vandals scratched the driver's side of a 2014 Ford Escort between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. May 9 at St. Alexius Medical Center, 1555 N. Barrington Road. According to the owner, this is the second time this month vandals have scratched her car.

• Burglars stole two wooden baseball bats between 9 p.m. May 11 and 11:20 p.m. May 12 out of a storage shed on the 600 block of Audubon Street. Value was estimated at $100.

Mount Prospect

• Vandals stuck 3-D glasses around 1:06 a.m. May 2 into a ceiling-mounted sprinkler in Theater 7 at AMC Theatres, 200 Randhurst Village Drive. Water gushed out of the sprinkler, soaking the ceiling, walls and carpet. Damage was estimated at $2,000.

• Thieves stole a women's maroon bicycle between 4 and 5 p.m. May 5 out of an open garage on the 1700 block of Bonita Avenue. Value was estimated at $500.

• A man accompanied by two women stole a cellphone valued at $500 around 10:30 p.m. May 1 from a female employee at Country Inn & Suites, 2200 S. Elmhurst Road. The phone was on the guest services counter when the man asked for a box and she left to get it.

• Two women stole two blouses valued at $138 around 8:35 p.m. May 6 from Carson's, 1025 Central Drive. They purchased shoes, dress and shirts but not the blouses. One of them fled in a Cadillac; the other woman ran away.

Thieves stole cash and a checkbook around 11:25 a.m. May 3 out of a man's jacket pocket after he left it on a chair at Popeye's Chicken, 1790 W. Algonquin Road, to use the restroom. Value was estimated at $225.


• Burglars stole a pair of shorts with a wallet in a pocket, a pair of ear buds and an iPod valued at $200 between 6 p.m. April 21 and 7 a.m. April 22 out of a 2006 Ford SUV in a driveway on the 600 block of North Maple Avenue. The wallet contained various gift cards, an ATM card, debit card and personal affects.

• Ramiro T. Cazares, 18, of the 6100 block of West Barry Avenue, Chicago, was arrested around 3:48 a.m. April 27 on Palatine Road at Greeley Street and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and marijuana, traffic violations and DUI.

• Burglars entered a home on the 1400 block of North Driftwood Avenue, possibly through an unlocked sliding patio door, between 7 and 9 p.m. May 1 and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Prospect Heights

• A male resident was scammed out of $1,000 after he received a phone call around 10 a.m. May 7. A man told him he represented the IRS and there was a problem with his tax return. The victim was told he owed $1,000 and would be arrested if he did not pay immediately. The resident had been audited in 2013 and believed the caller. He was instructed to purchase two Green Dot cards for $500 each. The victim did so. The scammer called back and the victim gave him the cards' numbers. The thief called back around noon and told him an additional $800 was needed. At that point, the victim became suspicious and phoned the IRS and was told that the agency handles financial and tax matters through letters, not phone calls.


• Jonathon M. Pfeifer, 29, of the 700 block of Bolon Way, Hanover Park, was arrested around 2 p.m. April 25 in Woodfield Mall and charged with unauthorized transmission of live video. Police reports said witnesses saw him use his cellphone take photos under a woman's skirt as they rode an up escalator and as she leaned over to help her 18-month-old niece. Pfeifer was on parole after serving seven years for an arson conviction, police said. His court date is June 18.

• Frank J. Stapleton Jr., 46, of the 16000 block of Vine Avenue, Harvey, was arrested around 7:46 a.m. May 1 on the 1700 block of Kimberly Drive and charged with assault. According to the bus driver and passengers, Stapleton tried to use a Ventra card on a Pace bus, but the driver told him the card did not have enough to pay the fare. Stapleton told the bus driver there was a problem with the card and asked if he could take the ride and work it out later with Pace. The driver refused and, when Stapleton tried to pay the fare with a $20 bill, told him he could not make change. Stapleton left, then got back on with exact fare. According to witnesses, he was still angry and raised his arm with his fist clenched. The bus driver told police he was afraid Stapleton would punch him. A court date is June 4.


• Burglars stole a cellphone between 1 and 1:45 p.m. May 9 out of an unlocked 1997 Honda Accord in a store lot at 1455 Lake-Cook Road. Value was estimated at $100.

• Burglars removed several fence slats between 7 p.m. May 8 and 6:30 a.m. May 9 at Bertog Landscaping, 625 Wheeling Road, but nothing appeared to be missing. The company reported the incident because burglars have entered the property and stolen items on several recent occasions.

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