Elmhurst Police Report Electronics, Jewelry and Gas Stolen

Several residents also are victims of identity theft.

Retail Theft Arrest

Roberto Benitez, 27, 125 Sunny Lane Apt. GA, Bensenville, was arrested and charged with retail theft after police said he stole several packages of earrings totaling $36.32 from Kohl's, 303 Route 83, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. He was released on I-bond.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with retail theft after police say he removed a leather wallet worth $30 from Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, without paying at 8:16 p.m. Feb. 12. He was released on I-bond.


A male victim told police that on the evening of Jan. 26, he was involved in an accident with a taxi cab while riding his bicycle. After the accident, at 6:45 p.m., he said he locked up his blue and silver 10-speed Schwinn bicycle, which was destroyed, at the PADS location at 367 W. St. Charles Road. When he returned at 11 a.m. Jan. 30, the bicycle was gone.

Someone removed three hubcaps off of a Cadillac parked at DeForest Dance Academy, 300 W. Lake St., between 6:57 and 7:05 p.m. Feb. 4. The victim may have scared off the offender when she pressed her remote to unlock the doors. Each hubcap is worth about $75.

Someone siphoned gas from a vehicle parked at 655 W. Grand Ave. between 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 7:30 a.m. Feb. 5. The victim also reported that the gas tank now leaks and the gas cap is missing.

A diamond ring worth $500 was taken from a locked locker at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, between 1:30 and 2:20 p.m. Jan. 17. The incident was reported Feb. 9.

A purse containing an iPhone, iTouch, debit and gift cards was stolen from the Commons area at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, at around noon Feb. 11. The victim said her purse was under a pile of backpacks. The items taken are worth more than $650.

A purse and a laptop were taken from a vehicle parked on the 600 block of West North Avenue between 8 and 10 a.m. Feb. 13. A window was broken out to enter the vehicle.

Attempted Burglary

Someone damaged the padlock on the rear of a truck parked at 785 Industrial Drive between 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 1:45 p.m. Feb. 12. Nothing was taken.

Identity Theft

A resident of the 200 block of West Crescent Ave. told police someone fraudulently withdrew more than $3,000 from her Fifth Third bank account. Six transactions were made in Quebec, Canada.

A resident of the 600 block of West Lorraine told police he received a copy of a human resources affidavit for a wage deduction order in the amount of $2,017.35, which was sent to his place of employment. It was learned that someone had opened an account using the victim's birth date and social security number.

A resident of the 600 block of North Willow said he was contacted by four credit card companies trying to confirm an application to open accounts in January. The victim never applied for any of the credit cards.

Someone used the BMO Harris debit card of a resident of the 300 block of Maple Avenue to make several unauthorized transactions totaling $274.16 on Jan. 28.

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