Saturday, May 18, 2013
Here's a round-up of recent, bizarre police report items from the area.
NAPERVILLE A woman who moved out of an apartment in the 200 block of East Bailey Road two months ago returned to the apartment May 15 and asked the property manager if she could get her belongings. She was told by the property manager that the apartment was cleaned out and she was not allowed to enter, police said. A resident then saw the woman scale the balconies to get to her old apartment on the third floor, but she was not able to gain entry, police said. CLARENDON HILLS An apartment tenant on the 200 block of North Richmond Avenue wrote in magic marker on his door that "any trespassers will be shot," according to a police report. The person reporting said neighbors are scared about this. An officer at 4:33 p.m. May 7 spoke with the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Cash, gift cards, copper, bikes, phones and more have been stolen in Elmhurst recently. And, sometimes, thieves just help themselves to your bank account.
Esteban Dayton, 31, 2790 Rhodes Apt. 8, Northlake, was arrested and charged with driving without registration, driving without insurance, improper use of registration, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a license plate sticker after police pulled over his black Chrysler 300 at County Line and Grand at 1:12 a.m. May 3. Police said he had a registration sticker on his vehicle that did not match his car. He was released on bond. Joseph M. Cascella, 18, 656 Crockett, was arrested and charged with retail theft after he allegedly took underwear and a hooded sweatshirt worth $66 from Kohl's, 303 S. Route 83, at 5:54 p.m. May 2. He was released on bond. Steve Brales, 40, 996 Apple Valley Road, Bartlett, was arrested and …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Homeowners reported finding blood on the porch.
An iguana may have fought the person who stole it from its home on the 500 block of West Alexander Boulevard last week, according to a report from Elmhurst police. The animal was reportedly stolen between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday, April 24, the owners told police. They said the 3 1/2-foot iguana sunbathes in the front window of the home from time to time, and they believe someone entered their unlocked front door and stole it. The owners searched the house, but it was nowhere to be found. But they did find blood droplets on the porch floor and on envelopes in their mailbox, according to the report. They said they believe the thief may have been bitten or clawed by the iguana as he or she was taking it from the home.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Police report burglary, theft, forgery and fraud during the second half of April.
An apartment on the 100 block of Virginia was broken into between 3 p.m. April 22 and 11:30 a.m. April 23. Taken was an Xbox game, Kinect sensor and a video game worth a total of $530. Estimated damage to the door is $50. Cory Martin, 25, 575 Thornhill Drive, Carol Stream, was arrested and charged with retail theft after he allegedly took a bottle of cologne worth $37 from Kmart, 265 S. Route 83, at 8 p.m. April 16. He was released on bond. Derrick Orr, 25, 1008 N. Mason Ave., Chicago, was arrested and charged with retail theft and resisting a peace officer at Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, at 2:52 p.m. April 18. He was arrested after a short foot chase and released on bond. Michael Grushka, 20, 37 N. Craig, Lombard, was arrested and charged…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Also, Mariano's construction site robbed of copper, car stolen on Virginia, and police question person with bolt cutters at the train station.
A resident of the 900 block of South Hawthorne told police someone used her Chase Bank college checking account without her knowledge between March 14 and 27. The account now has a negative balance of $8,946.75 and has been frozen by Chase. A resident told police at 7:48 p.m. April 2 that when her accountant attempted to file her federal taxes, a return already had been filed in her name. Someone purchased a Kia Optima from Ed Napleton Kia, 727 W. Grand Ave., using a fraudulent identity. The incident was reported at 10:44 a.m. April 3. Elmhurst police assisted state officials in apprehending David Brown, 25, 656 E. 159th Place, South Holland, after he allegedly arrived at a predetermined location to obtain a bank debit card and PIN number …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Fifth Ward Candidate Bob Kolb told police someone stole hundreds of dollars worth of his campaign signs.
About 38 political signs were stolen between March 11 and March 29, Elmhurst police reported. The theft was reported at 3:14 p.m. March 29. The victim told police that all of the signs were posted on private property. Loss is estimated at $300. Fifth Ward candidate Bob Kolb in his blog on Elmhurst Patch this week said he is the victim. He said the signs were taken from "my own front yard to Mack's Golden Pheasant. There are simply too many locations ... to list each." The city didn't take them down, he said. And it probably isn't his opponent, 5th Ward incumbent Chris Healy, police reportedly told Kolb. So who did? "More likely his over-zealous supporters," Kolb said he was told by police. Read Kolb's blog post, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It's all in a day's work for Elmhurst police.
Someone wrote "I love you so much, Your admirer" and other terms of endearment in pink lipstick on a vehicle parked on the 500 block of East St. Charles Road between 2 and 11:30 p.m. March 24. A house on the 900 block of Chatham was egged at about 12:05 a.m. March 10. The victim's son said he received a strange text message from an unknown person claiming to be his friend just before the incident. The texter denied involvement but was being uncooperative, police said. A female wearing a black jacket, brown pants and a multicolored scarf attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for diapers and a teething ring at CVS Pharmacy, 110 W. North Ave., at 8:38 p.m. March 25. When the suspect was confronted about the bill, she became nervous …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Incident ends with a steak and seafood scuffle—and a getaway. Plus, see what else has been stolen in Elmhurst since last weekend.
A man about 30 years old, with red hair, entered Dominick's, 215 S. Route 83, carrying a plastic bag at 12:22 p.m. March 19. He placed two ribeye steaks and a box of shrimp worth $30.95 into the bag, then headed out the door without paying. As he was leaving, a loss prevention officer tried to stop him and they got into a confrontation, police said. The offender pushed his way out the door, leaving the food behind. He fled in a white Ford Explorer, but the employee was unable to get the license plate number. Police got a call for an abandoned truck on the 800 block of North Larch at 9:34 a.m. March 19. They located the red, semi-truck cab, which had no trailer. All of the truck's accessories were stripped off, and it was missing half of …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Landscaping trailer cleared out, counterfeit bills find their way to Elmhurst stores and other tales of thievery.
A resident of the 400 block of Atwater Avenue paid a down-payment of $3,000 in cash to a suspect allegedly employed by 4 Seasons Painting and Remodeling to have her kitchen remodeled. The contract, which was for $5,500, was signed last May but no work was ever performed on her kitchen. Numerous attempts to contact the suspect by phone and email have been unsuccessful, police said. A resident of the 200 block of North West Avenue believes her ex-boyfriend stole $2,275 she had in an envelope under her nightstand between March 4 and 6. She asked him to leave on March 5, dropped him off at the train station on March 6 and does not know where he is. The report was filed on March 9. A resident of the 500 block of South Rex Boulevard told police …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Reports dated Feb. 23 through March 7.
An employee at All Credit Lenders, 691 W. North Ave., told police that when she arrived at work at 8:55 a.m. Feb. 23, the money bag containing $2,143.97 was missing from the cabinet drawer. She said she suspected a man who came into the store on Feb. 15 to process a loan. Police said the suspect made the employee feel "very uncomfortable" because he kept walking around the store while she was processing his paperwork. There was no sign of forced entry. Two air bags were stolen from Howard Buick and GMC, 364 W. Grand Ave., between 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. Feb. 25. Loss is estimated at $1,680. Someone removed money from an unlocked cash box in the office of Gerber Collision and Glass, 500 W. Lake St., between 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 and 9:30…