Generator Stolen from Mariano's Construction Site

Elmhurst police also report attempted break-in at Fitz's Spare Keys, multiple cases of theft and credit card fraud, as well as property damage.

Commercial Burglary

A Coleman 1800 Power Mate generator worth $700 was stolen from the Mariano's Fresh Market construction site, 678 N. York Road, between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 and 6:30 a.m. Jan. 31.

Someone tried to break into Fitz's Spare Keys, 119 N. York, between 1 and 10 a.m. Jan. 31. The unknown offender attempted to gain entry by forcing a piece of metal into a door's locking mechanism.

Retail Theft

Police got a call for a retail theft at Jewel-Osco, 153 Schiller, at 2:47 p.m. Jan. 30. The complainant said a man stole eight packages of nasal strips and left the store without paying. He reportedly shoved the complainant on his way out, and left in a vehicle driven by a female. The vehicle was stopped by another Elmhurst officer, but the subject was no longer in the car. The complainant will look at a photo line-up to identify the suspect, and a warrant will be issued for his arrest.


The owner of a silver Chevy Colorado saw someone trying to enter his truck while it was parked on the 100 block of North Evergreen at 1:52 a.m. Jan. 30. The suspect was seen trying to remove the velcro cover to the truck bed. He left in what appeared to be a Ford Ranger or other small, dark-colored truck after the owner yelled at him. Nothing was missing from the truck.

Unlawful Use of a Credit Card

A "cloned" Atlantic Financial Union Visa card was used to charge $21,066.39 on a victim's account. One of the transactions on the cloned Visa occurred at the Elmhurst Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, on Jan. 12. The victim reported the incident on Jan. 25 and police are investigating. Surveillance video shows the suspect at Dominick's purchasing items on the cloned account.

Identity Theft/Fraud

On Jan. 24, an Elmhurst resident received a box in the mail from T-Mobile that contained one Android Galaxy II phone and two Blackberry Bold phones worth a total of about $600. The resident said he did not order the phones. T-Mobil said someone accessed the victim's account, and it is believed the suspect meant to intercept the phones at the victim's home after delivery. Police have no suspects.

A suspect attempted to cash two fraudulent checks for $17,400 at Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W. Butterfield Road, at 9 a.m. Jan. 28. The bank refused to cash the checks and verified with the credit union from which they allegedly originated that they were fraudulent.

The owner of GQ Formalwear, 263 N. York, told police that after she tried to sell several pieces of furniture through Craigslist, she received on Jan. 5 a check in the mail for $3,825 from a company in Michigan she had never heard of. The sender of the check said part of the check was to purchase the furniture and the rest needed to be sent to New York via MoneyGram.

Property Damage

A red semi-truck with "KS" in  white lettering on the driver side knocked down a light pole at Poplar and Park streets at 8:18 a.m. Jan. 26.

A back hoe hit an electrical wire from a street light on the 400 block of Stratford at 11:19 a.m. Jan. 26. Public works was notified.

The driver side mirror on a vehicle was damaged while the vehicle was parked on the 900 block of South Mitchell at 11:19 p.m. Jan. 26. Police said a suspect in a silver Acura was seen stopped next to the damaged vehicle on three occassions.

The board of the Larch Avenue Row Homes Association reported the decorative lights in front of the homes on the 100 block of Larch Avenue were damaged after someone pulled one light from the ground and smashed the globe. The lights are wired in series, so damaging one caused them all to go out. The incident was reported at 1:18 p.m. Jan. 28.

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