#datingscams | Package Thefts; Scams; Peace Graffiti; Teen Batters Cop: Blotter

The following information comes from the Glencoe, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka police departments as a record of police activity and incidents reported to the police. Criminal charges represent merely accusations by the state and are often dropped or reduced. Updated information may be available from the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Anyone arrested is innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


INCIDENTS

PACKAGE THEFTS

  • Someone stole a box of prescription drugs worth $5,000 that had been delivered to a home in the 700 block of Grove Street prior to 10:15 a.m. on March 18.
  • Four packages containing household items delivered to a home in the 800 block of Grove Street were stolen from the front porch prior to 10 a.m. April 10.

SCAMS

  • A Vernon Avenue resident reported on March 31 that a scammer purporting to represent Apple had convinced them to provide their identity to open up a cryptocurrency account. The resident closed the account and there was financial loss at the time of the report.
  • A Cherry Tree Lane resident reported on April 9 that a scammer had convinced them to buy Amazon gift cards to donate to someone they believed they knew. The resident provided the verification codes for $500 worth of gift cards to the scammer before recognizing what was going on.

IDENTITY THEFTS

  • A Mayfair Lane resident reported on April 6 that someone used their identity to open an account with Verizon. The resident closed the account after getting a bill and there was no financial loss at the time of the report.
  • A Lake Street resident reported on April 14 that someone had used their social security number to open an account with Verizon. There was no financial loss at the time of the report.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE

  • A resident in the first block of Hazel Avenue reported on the afternoon of April 7 that someone had caused an undetermined amount of damage to an awning.
  • Someone damage a faucet in a bathroom in the 600 block of Greenwood Avenue prior to 9:30 a.m. April 11.

CAR BURGLARY
Someone burglarized an unlocked Audi in the 900 block of Elm Ridge Drive prior to 5 p.m. April 12. Nothing was reported stolen from inside. Police reported the same burglars also tried to get into a neighbors vehicle, but it was locked.

FELONY FLEEING
Police reported two unidentified motorists committed various traffic violations around 2 a.m. on April 14 in the area of Dundee and Green Bay roads, including driving without a valid registration and failure to maintain a safe distance. When officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, they both fled, violating other traffic laws in the process.

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INCIDENTS

SUSPICIOUS ARROW
A resident in the 100 block of Dickens Road reported around 10:15 a.m. on March 24 that they found an arrow stuck in their roof. The resident believed it had come from a neighbor’s home, but the neighbor denied any involvement, police reported.

MAN WITH GUN
Police were called to the 1900 block of Old Willow Road around 10 p.m. on April 1 for a report of a man carrying a rifle. Police found the man and learned he was carrying a BB gun. He told police he was walking to the police station to turn in the gun to be destroyed. Police suggested he should have requested an officer come tot his home and pick up and gun.

INDECENT PROPOSAL
Police were called to the 1900 block of Old Willow Road around 1 a.m. on April 4 for a report that another party on a dating website had offered to arrange for a sexual encounter with people under 18 somewhere in Chicago. Officers contacted Chicago police to investigate the report.

NEIGHBOR DISPUTE
Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Valley Way for a reported that someone had come onto their neighbor’s property and yelled at them. Officers reported the neighbor apologized and said he would avoid having any further contact with his neighbor.

DISORDERLY E-LEARNING
Police spoke with New Trier High School administrators on the morning of April 6 regarding disruptions to e-learning group meetings by unidentified people. Police reported giving school officials advice on how to secure their online meetings.

SUSPICIOUS DELIVERY
A resident in the first block of Longmeadow Road called police reported on April 9 that their doorbell camera system had captured images of someone coming to their front door around 3:15 a.m. that morning carrying a pizza delivery bag. The delivery person left without ringing the doorbell.

STOLEN CAR
Someone stole a 2017 Porsche from a home in the 1000 block of North Happ Road during the night of April 9 or early morning hours of April 10. A second vehicle in the same driveway was found burglarized.

CAR BURGLARY
Someone burglarized a car parked in the driveway of a home in the 400 block of Chapel Hill Court during the overnight hours of April 9 to April 10.

SHOPLIFTING

  • A male shoplifter stole a humidifier from the Walgreens, 1825 Willow Road, around 8:45 p.m. on March 25.
  • A trio of shoplifters stole Rogaine and teeth-whitening strips from the Walgreens at 1825 Willow Road shortly after 8 p.m. on April 9.

ARRESTS/CITATIONS

A 28-year-old Chicago man was arrested around 3:30 a.m. on March 24 and charged with driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop near the intersection of the Edens Expressway and Lake Avenue. He was also issued citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding 110 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Susan M. Dunn, 64, of the 200 block of Crestwood Village Road, Northfield, was arrested around 4 p.m. on March 28 in the 300 block of Crestwood Village Road and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following a report of a traffic crash in the area of Winnetka Road and Avon Avenue.

INCIDENTS

VANDALISM
A peace symbol was found on a CTA train car painted in red and pink paint around 3:15 p.m. on March 27 at the Linden station at 349 Linden Ave.

GARAGE BURGLARY
A resident in the 500 block of Greenleaf Avenue reported someone got into his unlocked garage and unlocked car inside and stole various items, including a bicycle, between March 26 and March 27.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES
Smash-and-grab burglaries were discovered at two convenience stores on the early morning of April 9. Shortly before 1 a.m., police dispatched to an activated burglary alarm found the front door of the 7-Eleven had been shattered. Several cartons of cigarettes and cash were reported stolen. About 15 minutes later, an officer discovered the BP gas station at 901 Green Bay Road had also been burglarized. Someone smashed out the glass and stole items from the register area and office inside.

SHOPLIFTING
Someone stole miscellaneous merchandise from the Walgreens at 3232 Lake Avenue prior to 8 p.m. on April 9.

CAR BURGLARIES

  • Someone burglarized a car parked in the 600 block of Maple Avenue between 6 p.m. on April 8 and 7:15 a.m. on April 9 and stole cash from inside. A Woodbine Avenue resident later reported finding property belonging to the burglarized car.
  • Someone burglarized several vehicles at Lock-Up self-storage facility at 3632 Lake Ave. on April 11.

INCIDENTS

SCAM
An Indian Hill Road resident reported they were scammed out of $700 by someone who sent an email requesting the purchase of Nike gift cards.

SHOPLIFTING
Staff at the Grand Food Center, 606 Green Bay Road, reported noticing on security footage that someone had stolen three bottles of alcohol from the store around 9:30 a.m. on April 11 for a loss of more than $180.

THEFTS

  • Someone stole blank checks from a home in the 400 block of Sunset Road between 9 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2019, and March 23 for a loss of $25.
  • Someone stole three street signs belonging to the village of Winnetka from the intersection of Trapp Lane and Hibbard Road on March 20, police were told on March 31. The cost to replace the signs was not known at the time of the report.

IDENTITY THEFTS

  • A Cherry Street resident reported around someone used their identity to take control of their debit card account with Chase Bank and made more than $283 in unauthorized purchases between March 19 and March 20.
  • A Private Road resident reported on March 31 that someone had racked up nearly $4,500 in bills from Verizon after using their identity to open up an unauthorized account between Dec. 9, 2017, and March 3, 2018.
  • An Ash Street resident reported someone used their identity apply for a small business loan and unsuccessfully attempt to obtain a credit card account from Home Depot between March 26 and April 3. There was no financial loss at the time of the report.

ONLINE DISORDERLY CONDUCT

  • A Winnetka Public Schools District 36 employee reported that someone joined an eighth grade class and repeatedly made inappropriate and anti-Semitic comments. Police believe one or more minors were responsible.
  • In a similar incident on April 3, someone joined an online seminar with about 200 student athletes from New Trier High School and Loyola Academy and displayed male genitalia and a swastika on the screen while broadcasting profanity and racist slurs.

Read More: Anti-Semitic Intruders Target Online Meetings Of Winnetka Schools

CAR BURGLARIES

  • Someone broke into a car parked in the first block of Green Bay Road between 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. on April 10 using a tool that was left behind to damage its front passenger-side window. A radar scanner and cash were reported stolen from inside for a loss of $455.
  • A resident in the 1000 block of Spruce Street called police to report they had left their car unlocked in their driveway and someone came along and rummaged through it between 3 p.m. on April 11 and 9:30 a.m. on April 12.
  • A resident in the 1200 block of Asbury Avenue reported they left their car unlocked in the driveway. They told officers someone stole a garage door opener worth $50 from inside between 1:30 and 1:30 a.m. on April 12.

ARRESTS/CITATIONS

Katie Ann Thomas, 18, and Megan R. Thomas, 18, both of the 1400 block of Edgewood Lane, Winnetka, were arrested around 8:15 p.m. on April 8 at their home following a report of ongoing domestic violence there. Katie Thomas was charged with domestic battery and two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer, while Megan Thomas was charge with two counts of domestic battery, police reported. No further information about the incident was immediately available.


Earlier: Printed Message Warns Of Scam; Shoplifters Snatch Drugs; Parking Lot Altercation: New Trier Area Police Blotters, March 12–March 25


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