Thieves are Getting Into Residents' Bank Accounts

Victims don't have to lose their card to lose their money.


A resident of the 100 block of East Schiller reported that someone had used her credit union Visa card to make several unauthorized purchases totaling more than $180 at Jewel. She made the report Feb. 3.

A resident of the 700 block of Adele reported that someone used her Harris Bank debit card to make unauthorized purchases totaling $648.67. Two purchases were made in Dolton, one purchase was made in Calumet City, and a fourth attempt, also in Calumet City, was declined due to lack of funds. The victim still had the card in her possession. She made the report at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8.

A woman told police her BMO Harris Bank account had been closed by the bank due to a fraudulent, $500 withdraw that was made at an ATM in Chicago. The  bank manager told the victim her card had been "cloned." A camera on the ATM revealed a picture of the offender using the fraudulent card. The report was made at 7:19 a.m. Feb. 8. An investigation is pending.

An Elmhurst resident told police he was contacted by First American Bank because there were 16 unauthorized transactions on his account with companies in Canada between Feb. 7 and 8 that left him with a negative account balance of $289.

Someone stole a semi-trailer that was parked at the rear of a lot at Thunder Trucking, 772 Industrial Drive, between Jan. 13 and 11 a.m. Feb. 6.

A wallet containing $41, a drivers license and credit cards was stolen from a locked locker at Elmhurst YMCA, 211 W. First St., between 8:40 and 10:20 a.m. Feb. 9.

Retail Theft Arrest

Irma Leon-Arreguin, 30, 234 S. Villa Ave., Addison, was arrested and charged with retail theft after she allegedly removed a $24 pair of earrings from Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, without paying at 1:46 p.m. Feb. 8. Police also discovered she was driving with a suspended drivers license. She was released on bond.

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.

Glenn February 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I had someone use my card in Spain last summer... Never been there.


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