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Four Recent Arrests for Shoplifting Center Around St. Charles and Route 83 Plaza

Elmhurst police also investigate property damage reports.

Theft Arrest

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with retail theft at Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, at 4:34 p.m. March 21. Officers said they saw him in the store stealing food and concealing it in his backpack. They stopped him when he attempted to leave the store, and he resisted being hand-cuffed. Police said he also was in possession of stolen gym shoes from Kmart, 265 S. Route 83. He was released to his parent.

Nereida Guzman, 32, 3N333 Ellsworth Ave., Addison, was arrested and charged with retail theft after police got a call for a shoplifter in custody at Kohl's, 303 Route 83, at 7:42 p.m. March 23. A loss prevention officer told police Guzman was seen removing two silver necklaces worth $23.98 from the store without paying. She was released on bond and issued a no-trespass order.

Nicole Manning, 23, 113 W. Willow Apt. 1, Lombard, was arrested and charged with retail theft after she reportedly left Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, with $174 worth of merchandise in her purse at 5:23 p.m. March 26. She was released on bond.

Two boys ages 15 and 16 were arrested and charged with retail theft and possession of cannabis after they reportedly took two Xbox games, one movie and two packages of headphones worth a total of $68.82 from Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, at 7:50 p.m. March 26. They were released on bond to their parents.

Theft

An HP Elite laptop worth $1,600 was taken from a vehicle parked in a driveway on the 200 block of Oakland Grove between 9 p.m. March 20 and 5:30 a.m. March 21. The front passenger window was broken out. Damage is estimated at $250.

A locked bicycle was taken from the bike rack on the south side of the Metra tracks on the 100 block of Park Avenue sometime after 9 a.m. March 21. The victim said the bike and the stainless steel cord lock both were gone when he returned to get it in the evening.

Two males removed an iPhone 5 worth $700 from the jacket pocket of a victim at Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., at 2:24 p.m. March 22. The victim told police he left the jacket on the back of a chair and walked away. The suspects were seen on surveillance camera removing the phone from the jacket.

A package delivered to a home on the 100 block of Larch was stolen on March 7. The victim reported the stolen package, which was worth $200, on March 24.

A woman told police that while she was waiting for a limo to pick her up at the Waverton Hotel, 624 N. York Road, at 3:50 p.m. March 24, someone stole her purse. Police said there is no video of the incident because the camera system at the Waverton is not functioning.

Two unknown subjects fled without paying their $79.80 cab fare after they were dropped off on the 200 block of East Fremont at 11:19 a.m. March 25.

Two computer tablets worth $2,000 were stolen from Olympia Chiropractic, 533 S. York Road, between 11:40 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. March 25. The computers were charging in the front area of the office during employee break time when they were stolen, police said.

A cell phone was stolen from the counter at Shell, 654 North Ave., at 6:53 p.m. March 25. The victim told police she had set her phone down to pay, then forgot it there. Video surveillance showed a female pick up the phone and leave the gas station with it. There is no outside surveillance to identify the offender's vehicle, and the cell provider was unable to locate the phone through GPS, police said.

Property Damage

The wooden sound barrier and a chain link fence at East End Park were found to have white and black spray paint on them. The Elmhurst Park District ambassador found the damage at 10:15 a.m. March 8, but it is believed to have been damaged over the past year. Illinois Department of Transportation was notified.

An unknown vehicle struck a fire hydrant on the southwest corner of Rose and Pick and dragged it about 3 to 4 feet at 7:58 a.m. March 9.

A window on the northwest side of a building on the 300 block of Kimbell Avenue was broken between 3:35 and 3:50 p.m. March 11.

The driver-side door handle assembly was removed from a truck parked in the rear fenced lot at Kings Transmissions, 180 W. Grand Ave., between 12:01 a.m. March 8 and 2:34 p.m. March 14. The truck was entered, but the victim didn't notice anything missing. Police said a 5-foot hole had been cut in the fence.

Numerous walls in a vacant rental property on the 600 block of West Alexander were damaged between 3 p.m. March 13 and 4:30 p.m. March 15. The owner said the home had been vacant for six months, since the last tenants moved out.

Someone broke the rear window of a vehicle with an unknown projectile causing $300 in damage while the vehicle was parked at Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, between 4:09 and 5:27 p.m. March 16.

Someone damaged the siding of a home on the 200 block of North Willow by throwing rocks at it between 10:30 a.m. March 16 and 1 p.m. March 17. Damage is estimated at $300.

Someone wrote symbols in black and silver paint on the underpass walls at North and Myrtle between 10:11 and 11:11 a.m. March 20.

Someone poured motor oil on a vehicle parked on the 200 block of North Larch. The incident was reported at 8 p.m. March 25.

The glass front door and windows of Zion Cleaners, 120 W. Park Ave., were smashed between 9:30 and 10:15 p.m. March 25. Nothing appeared to be missing from the business.

The glass door on the south side of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 148 E. Third St., was shattered between 6 p.m. March 23 and 2 p.m. March 24. A hole also was burned on top of the plastic playground set.

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.

Jim Court March 29, 2013 at 01:27 AM
We need passive video monitoring aimed at bike racks that is motion activated and capable of night vision capabilities. Catch a few thieves, let them deal with theft charges and widely publicize it. I am tired of reading about all of the stolen bikes. Thieves ride the train or their bike into town. If they ride in they then lock them up, and take a bike and ride back home. Later they pick up their bike. Good thing I didn't catch them. I would know what to do with their bolt cutters. People need to take a picture of their bike, write down the serial number that is under the bike by the pedal crank? Place id of some form in the place where the seat mounts and inscribe their name in a discrete place, perhaps under a decal or sticker. Maybe remote controlled dynamite. One call and no more thieving. This is just a fantasy, butt...it sounds interesting.
Jim Court March 29, 2013 at 01:33 AM
We need a neighborhood watch started, more decoy police vehicles, more video, more focus on theft and other crime, This is "Elmhurst" Lets keep it that way. By the way, most steel cables and many locks do nothing to stop theft. I also envision a capacitive lock with a motion switch that goes off if a bike is touched or moved without being shut off either with a keypad or remote. That or a firing squad.
Reece April 03, 2013 at 01:34 AM
catch em
Stewart Levine April 03, 2013 at 10:48 AM
this is just what they caught, im sure there are droves of these kids robbing these stores blind on a regular basis, because there are no jobs for them, and even if there were they couldnt nearly afford the prices at today average wage earners hourly rate.
Jim Court April 03, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Stewart, While that may be true from a financial standpoint, it does not justify theft. I do believe that much of the thieving is a result of impulse disorders, drug addiction and the need to provide the money to support these habits, and a narcissistic self absorbed direction that society has taken.. It is also about thrill seeking. People need to think of the long term consequences of their actions and not just the thrill of the moment. On a deeper level, loss of morality inclines to not even consider these actions as wrongful. People will steal from friends, family, and anyone else they can. The economic issues you mention are real but that is a whole neither subject.

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