A home on the 200 block of Boyd Avenue was broken into between 1:25 and 2:05 p.m. July 20, police said. The victim said he and his wife returned home after a short outing, then stayed out in the yard for awhile before entering the house. When they went inside, they discovered their bedroom dressers had been disturbed. They also noticed that the side door of the home was open, and the man remembers closing and locking it when they left. A list of items taken was not provided in the report.
Retail Theft Arrest
Stephanie Brown, 24, 155 Kenmore, Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with retail theft after she reportedly took $35 in merchandise from Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, at 6:53 p.m. July 21. She was released on bond.
Attempted Auto Theft
A company van parked at Chicago Doorways, 219 W. Diversey, was damaged after someone attempted to steal it between 3 p.m. July 19 and 11:30 a.m. July 20. The driver side door lock was punched, the top of the steering column was peeled and the ignition cover was broken, but the thief was unable to start the van. Damage is estimated at $500 to $1,000.
Someone opened Best Buy and Target credit cards using the personal information of a resident on the 400 block of Allison Street between July 13 and 20. Purchases for $3,256.03 and $1,174.20 were made on the Best Buy card, and it is unknown whether any purchases have been made on the Target card, police said.
Unlawful Use of a Credit Card
Two men came into the BP Amoco, 217 E. Butterfield Road, and attempted to use two credit cards to purchase a $100 gift card. The employee told them the purchase had to be made as a debit, not a credit, and the suspects could not provide the PIN number. The employee became suspicious and called police. The suspects, two male blacks in their early 20s, with slender builds and short hair, left in a silver Pontiac sedan. Police discovered that someone had previously climbed up on the roof of the building and placed aluminum foil on the dish that transmits information to the credit card companies. Other Amoco employees have allowed the use of credit transactions to purchase gift cards instead of debit transactions because they thought there was something wrong with the transmission. Police will examine surveillance video.
A black iPhone was taken from a table at Charlie's, 122 S. York Road, between 11 p.m. July 21 and 1 a.m. July 22.
A suspect rented a black 2012 Chrysler 300 from Ace Rent a Car, 890 N. York Road, on May 3. As of July 23, the suspect has failed to return the vehicle and all attempts at contact have been unsuccessful.
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