From Booze to Baby Formula, Shoplifting Tops the Elmhurst Police Blotter Sept. 24 and 25

Jewelry, car parts, electronics and more also taken this month.

Retail Theft Arrests

Karla N. Garcia, 24, 68 W. Elizabeth Apt. 5, Addison, was arrested and charged with retail theft after store security at Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, said they saw her removing tags from items and concealing them in her purse at 5:05 p.m. Sept. 24. She was released on I-bond.

Benjamin Thiel, 18, 745 S. Berkley Ave., Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly stole a bottle of whiskey from CVS Pharmacy, 110 W. North Ave., at 1:54 a.m. Sept. 25. Police said he had a metal one-hitter on him. He also had a juvenile no-bond warrant for a weapons offense and was taken to DuPage County Jail. A second suspect, Brian Hennigan, 21, 317 N. Ridgeland Ave., Elmhurst, was cited under city ordinance for possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a glass smoking pipe on the floor of the red Ford Taurus they were pushing through the CVS parking lot. He was released on I-bond. A third person was released at the scene without charges.

Jasmine Bradley, 21, 2122 Auburn, Rockford, was arrested and charged with retail theft after she allegedly stole four bottles of infant formula and two packs of toddler briefs from Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, at 5:06 p.m. Sept. 25. She also had a warrant out of Aurora for failure to appear on a retail theft charge. She was released on I-bond for the theft and transported to Aurora police for the warrant.


A resident of the 500 block of Indiana reported a pair of diamond earrings was stolen from her home between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 14. The victim said the timing coincides with a carpet installing crew being in her home. An investigation is pending.

Someone removed a Firestone Transforce AT tire and wheel from a 2012 GMC Sierra pickup that was parked at Howard Pontiac, 364 W. Grand Ave., between 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Loss is estimated at $600.

Someone took a black and white zebra patterned backpack from a picnic table near the playground at Wilder Park between 5:50 and 6 p.m. Sept. 18. The backpack contained an iPod, $2, gift cards, York High School ID and school supplies.

A former employee of Two Men and a Truck, 720 N. Larch, reportedly kept the company fleet gas card and charged $4,533 between July and September. The suspect had been using the card since he was terminated from the business. The owner does not wish to press charges.

A female witnessed a suspect stealing her aunt's red mountain bike at Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn at 6:40 p.m. Sept. 19. The victim had ridden her aunt's bicycle to the park and placed it against some trees in the southwest corner of the park while she ran around the track. When she returned, she saw a boy about 17 years old, 6 feet tall wearing a T-shirt and jeans fleeing west on Armitage on the bike.

A white iPhone was taken from a vehicle parked on the 200 block of South Route 83 between 4:15 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

A witness saw a man place several sewer grates from the rear of Kieft Brothers, 837 Riverside Drive, into the back of his vehicle at 5 p.m. Sept. 19.

A purple and blue women's Diamondback touring bicycle was taken from a garage on the 200 block of Berkley between noon Sept. 15 and 5 p.m. Sept. 18.

Two Pioneer speakers, a receiver and an amplifier were taken from the basement of a home on the 700 block of Adele. The victim said construction workers were in the home for several weeks, beginning in July. The victim didn't notice the equipment was missing until Sept. 10. He told police one of the workers asking about the stereo equipment. An investigation is pending.

Someone stole an American flag worth $25 off a house on the 300 block of North Elm Avenue between 9 p.m. Sept. 23 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24.

A suspect pumped $50.21 worth of gas into a gray Chevrolet at Delta Sonic, 600 W. North Ave., and left without paying at 2:21 p.m. Sept. 25. A message to contact police was left with the registered owner of the vehicle.

A Samsung notebook worth $600 was stolen from a residence on the 900 block of Cambridge between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25. The computer turned up at Sterling and Knight pawn shop in Villa Park. An investigation is pending.

An Apple iPod Nano worth $200; a wallet containing school ID, $25 and a drivers license; and a blue and red LG slide phone worth $75 were taken from a locked locker at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, sometime before 5:47 p.m. Sept. 25 while the victim was at soccer practice. The victim told police his locker was closed and locked with his combination lock when he discovered the theft, but the locking mechanism and frame were bent.

Two spare tires were stolen off trucks parked in the rear lot of Enterprise Commercial, 896 N. York Road, between noon Sept. 22 and 7 a.m. Sept. 24. The tires were worth $350 apiece.

A man about 20 years old was seen taking a Playstation 3 dual shock controller worth $59.39 from Kmart, 215 S. Route 83, at 3:17 p.m. Sept. 26. The man left the store before police arrived.

Identity Theft

A resident of the 300 block of South Fairfield told police at 7:34 p.m. Sept. 17 that someone requested automobile insurance over the Internet using her name and address.

A resident of the 100 block of Virginia told police fraudulent withdrawals were made from her checking account on Sept. 12. She had ordered new checks from Alpine Bank at the beginning of August, but she never received them. The bank told her the checks were mailed from Pennsylvania, but provided no further information. A suspicious charge also was made to Comcast. The account has been closed.

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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