Lost and Found Trucks, and Resident Tricked Into Going to Florida in Harley-for-sale Scam

Police also report several cases of retail theft, and two men were seen cutting a bike lock and riding away.

Stolen Semi Recovered

Elmhurst police have reported multiple lately. But at 11:19 a.m. Aug. 24, a 1995 Freightliner tractor was found at 188 Industrial Drive. The vehicle had been stolen out of Berrien County Michigan. The drivers window was open, the vehicle was unlocked and there was damage to the dashboard in the area of the ignition. The vehicle was towed per Berrien County Sheriff's request.


Someone removed 12 tires from two tractor trucks parked in the rear lot at 776 N. York road between 12:01 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Twelve additional Goodyear tires also were removed from the property. Three days later, police discovered that someone also stole a Chevy box truck from the property. The truck, which contained an additional 24 tires, was recovered by Calumet City Police Aug. 28.

A resident of the 300 block of West Armitage responded to an ad on Craigslist for a 2009 Harley Davidson Fatboy that was for sale for $6,500. He made contact with the so-called seller, who said the bike was repossessed and the bank had given him the keys and the authority to sell it. The victim received a certificate of title by fax out of New York, and the motorcycle allegedly was located in Florida. The victim sent the suspect $400 for a deposit and flew to Florida to retrieve the bike. When he got to the address he was given, there was no motorcycle and no one had ever heard of the person claiming to have it for sale. A police report was filed on Aug. 24, and an investigation is pending.

A resident of the 400 block of North Myrtle received a check for $150,000 in the mail from a sweepstakes lottery Aug. 25. She also received a letter advising her to send $2,998 via Western Union to the sender. She didn't send the money.

A man wearing jeans, a black T-shirt and baseball cap, black backpack and sunglasses was seen taking DVDs from Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, at 12:40 p.m. Aug. 27.

Two "heavy set" females, one about 20 years old and the other about 40, came into the Shell station at 926 N. York at 2:40 p.m. Aug. 27 and purchased tobacco for $3.99. They then went over to the area where the lottery tickets were located. After they left in a dark green minivan, the store employee noticed two boxes of colored contacts worth $19.99 were missing. The two were seen on surveillance video, but the temporary plate on their vehicle comes back to a semi-trailer.

Two men were seen placing $246.95 worth of high-end Oil of Olay cosmetics into a backpack and hurrying out of CVS Pharmacy, 110 W. North Ave., at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 29. A witness followed them out of the store after the alarm system went off. One suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5-foot, 3-inches tall, 110 pounds carrying a beige backpack. The other is described as Hispanic, about 6-foot, 1-inch tall, 220 pounds wearing a linen blazer. They drove off in a gray Chevrolet with a license plate registered in Schiller Park. Attempts to contact the vehicle's owner were unsuccessful at the time of the report.

A witness told police he saw two men at the bicycle rack at York and Park streets cut a lock off a dark colored mountain bike at 105 S. York St. at 10:49 a.m. Aug. 30. One of the men rode the bike northbound on York and the second suspect followed on foot.

Someone removed the brass caps of a fire house valve at the rear of Brico Industries, 777 N. Larch St. Video surveillance showed a white man in his 20s with blond hair taking the valves at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26. He was driving a late 80s, red, four-door car. Loss is estimated at $20 for each cover.

Attempted Burglary

Police discovered someone broke a bay window at the rear of Jiffy Lube, 339 N. York, after a burglar alarm was activated at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The building was searched and the manager determined nothing had been taken.


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