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Elmhurst Police Report Incidents of Theft, Attempted Burglary and Property Damage

Pry marks found, alarm activated while homeowner was out of town.

Attempted Burglary

A resident of the 400 block of South York Street was contacted by ADT while he was out of town between July 7 and 21. The company told him that the area of coverage was the side door, but police officers checked the house and it was secure. The resident received several more calls from ADT over a period of a couple of days, but he elected not to do anything under the assumption that it was a faulty sensor, police said. When the resident arrived home, he noticed pry marks on the side door. It appeared no one entered the home.

Credit Card Fraud

A debit card that was inside a purse stolen in Bensenville on July 20 was used at Shell and McDonald's in Elmhurst the next day.

Theft

A woman who was in line at the register at Jewel, 944 S. York Road, placed her purse in the basket of the shopping cart of the woman in line in front of her so she could get her wallet at 4:17 p.m. July 24. She then forgot to retrieve the purse from the shopping cart. The subject, who was about 50 years old, 5 foot 7 inches tall with a large build, then left the store with the victim's purse, which contained about $200 and documents that include her son's Social Security number.

Someone removed a $350 black HTC touch screen cell phone from the passenger seat of a vehicle parked at Corner Cottage Liquors, 526 W. North Ave., at 11:55 a.m. July 25. The victim saw a small, dark-colored hatchback exiting the lot and head east on North Avenue. The victim activated an application to track the phone, and it was located in Bellwood. The victim went to the location and saw the same vehicle that had left the liquor store parking lot. Police are following up.

Property Damage Arrests

Joncarlo Campos, 22, 15 E. Bernice, Northlake, and Jose Luis Garcia, 22, 2123 N. Long, Chicago, were arrested and charged with criminal damage to property after they reportedly were seen breaking the pedestrian gate at the railroad tracks at York and First streets at 11:47 p.m. July 26. They were released on bond.

Property Damage

The right rear passenger window of a vehicle parked on the 100 block of South Berkley was found to have a hole in it the size of a half-dollar. The damage, estimated at $150, occurred between midnight and 8:30 a.m. July 22.

A work truck belonging to the Scottish Plumber was scratched while it was parked at 822 S. Hillside between 10 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. July 22. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

Police say someone "blew up" a 2-inch section of a bleacher bench near the baseball field at Crestview Park, 245 E. Crestview Ave., between 5 p.m. July 20 and 1:27 p.m. July 23.

Someone broke a window on the north side of a home on the 100 block of West Vallette, setting of the alarm, at 1:31 a.m. July 26. The home was not entered.

Someone wrote the word "hey" in black permanent market on a vehicle parked on the 100 block of East Van Buren between 5:30 p.m. July 25 and 9:25 a.m. July 26. Damage is estimated at $200.

Someone kicked and broke the slats of a wooden fence on the 200 block of East Vallette between 8 p.m. July 25 and 1 p.m. July 26. Damage is estimated at $500.

Someone splashed a dark liquid, believed to be Coke or Pepsi, on the hood of a 2001 Toyota Celica parked on a driveway on the 100 block of East Grantley between 8 p.m. July 25 and 6 p.m. July 26. The victim said it is the fourth such incident in the past three months.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to contact karenc@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.

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