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They May Steal Your Phone and Wallet, But They'll Never Take Your Identity. Oh, Wait ...

Incidents of theft reported to Elmhurst police Jan. 7-10.

Theft

Someone used a counterfeit $50 for a purchase at McDonald's, 190 E. Butterfield Road, at 2:07 p.m. Jan. 7. Police have a description of the suspect, who reportedly left the scene in a Nissan Sentra.

A brown leather Tous bi-fold wallet worth $200 was taken from a vehicle parked on the 400 block of West Butterfield Dec. 31. The victim returned to his vehicle after work at 8:27 p.m. and discovered the front passenger window had been smashed. The walled contained debit cards and a $2 bill.

A Samsung Galaxy phone worth $700 was taken from a bench in the basement locker room at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, 155 E. Brush Hill, between 3:26 and 5 p.m. Jan. 7. The victim was just getting off work and had already began driving home when he realized he didn't have his phone.

A Makita impact driver drill worth $330 was taken from a work truck parked at 410 W. Lake St. between 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9 a.m. Jan. 9. Damage to the truck cab is estimated at $1,500. It was not immediately known if anything else was taken.

A Ford Econoline van was stolen from the 200 block of East Butterfield Road between 6:50 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9. Police have no suspects.

A 30-year-old white man with a thin build, thick framed glasses, gauged earrings and neck tattooes, purchased a 12-pack of beer at Sal's Beverage World, 695 W. St. Charles Road, at 3:12 p.m. Jan. 9. As he walked away, a 750 ml bottle of Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon worth $18 fell out from under his jacket and smashed on the ground. The suspect said he "must have knocked the bottle off the counter," proceeded outside, got into a white Ford Mustang and left the parking lot headed westbound on St. Charles Road. The police tracked the license plate, but the owner denied being in Elmhurst. Police are following up.

A snakeskin wallet containing a drivers license was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked at Mount Emblem Cemetery, 520 E. Grand Ave., between 12:30 and 12:55 p.m. Jan. 10.

Identity Theft

Someone opened a fraudulent credit account using information from Tilden Roofing, 252 W. Lake St., and charged $1,800 between Dec. 4 and Jan. 4.

Someone made $1,653 in credit card purchases on the American Express credit card belonging to a resident of the 100 block of East Columbia on Dec. 18.

Jim Court January 14, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Years ago I persistently and vigorously reached out to the Federal Government, Senators, Congressman and anyone else I could think of to promote an idea I had concerning identity theft. My suggestion was to modify the social security number. Individuals would have to go to either social security or the secretary of state. Using all current methods that biometrics offers as well other forms of identity, an account would be set up. Individuals would create a pin number. Using this number, they only could access their account. Should they need to provide their social security number they would create a temporary pin that would provide information. After a brief period of time the account would close and the pin would self erase. Having the social security number would mean nothing. I can imagine that you could simply use social security numbers that you randomly create and access someones information. I developed this when I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was during this time I suggested that the VA utilize picture identification, a bar code and a magnetic strip. Prior to this patients were issued essentially an index card and their benefits were often used by others. Although I was ignored, a short time later some other "official" was given credit. Typical of Government. I am not concerned about credit for an idea. I would like to see identity theft eliminated. If this idea seems good, pass it on to those who could utilize it.
8675309 January 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
That wouldn't help in the second situtation listed above anyway. The first one is totally identity theft , the second is credit/debit card fraud. I work in a bank and see this happen all the time. Your more likely to have your credit or debit card number stolen and used than your whole identity taken and used to open up accounts in your name. Not going to reduce much fraud crime.
heather Cowoftheastsun January 14, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Ive been reading these elmhurst theft stories for awhile now and it seems to me 1. dont leave anything with in view that is of any value in your automobile. 2. there have been alot of thefts from the cars at Mt Emblem Cemetary- set up a police officer(or security guard) at that location.
Jim Court January 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Stealing something from a person mourning a loss of a loved one should entitle the thief to a free place of their own in the cemetery. Could not a pin number be added to a credit card. I was addressing complete identity theft. You can also obtain a license with social security and other benefits.
Stewart Levine January 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM
social security should be abolished, if i could I would opt out of it, it's bankrupt, insolvent and should be completely dismantled and done away with.

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