Police Blotter: Jewelry Theft and Unauthorized ATM Action

Reports from the Elmhurst Police Department.


On Dec. 10, a resident reported someone made several unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaling $1,900 at locations outside of Elmhurst. The resident still had the ATM card, but believed the withdrawals were made using his account number.

Joanne Buttacavoli, 60, of Bensenville, was charged with retail theft after security personnel at Kohl’s said she left the store around 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 10 without paying for jewelry valued at nearly $200. Buttacavoli was released on an I-Bond.

A student at Elmhurst College reported his wallet was taken from a table at the Frick Center after he forgot it around 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 9. The wallet contained cash, a credit card, a debit card and a California driver’s license.


Someone took tools valued at nearly $1,000 from a van parked over the weekend at a residence in the 200 block of West Armitage. The owner said he discovered the doors were not completely shut when he went to work on Dec. 10. Police have no suspects.

Someone took 14 car batteries from a truck parked in the 400 block of West Fullerton between Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, police said. There are no suspects.

A York High School student reported his white iPhone was taken from a locked gym locker on Dec. 10. When the student returned, the locker was locked, but the phone was gone.


John P. Komarnicki, 24, of Schaumburg, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and improper lane usage after a traffic stop around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 near Interstate 290 and Route 83, police said. Police stopped Komarnicki’s Chevy Astro Van after observing it speeding and committing improper lane usage. During a subsequent search, police found suspected cocaine. Komarnicki was taken to DuPage County Jail.

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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