Police Reports: Arrest made after small fires set in Wilmette, and more
These reports were pulled from police summaries provided by departments in our coverage area (Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth and Glencoe) during the week of Sunday-Saturday, Jan. 17-23.
There were 39 incidents of IDES fraud filed between Jan. 15-22 in Wilmette.
• A Wilmette police officer observed the street sign for Blackhawk Road at Seneca Road was missing or stolen.
• A part was stolen off a vehicle in the 300 block of Skokie Court. There was another report of a stolen vehicle part between Jan. 3-18 near the intersection of 15th Street and Prairie Avenue.
• Power tools were stolen from a truck in the 1900 block of Wilmette Avenue.
• A 33-year-old Wilmette man was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after he had set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s personal belongings in the 700 block of Ridge Road. When police arrived on the scene, the man fled from his apartment building and pulled the fire alarm. He was taken into custody and later released on bond to be transferred to Evanston Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
(Because the incident is related to mental health, The Record is withholding the alleged offender’s name.)
There was one incident of IDES fraud filed between Dec. 1-15 in Kenilworth.
There were 31 incidents of IDES fraud filed between Jan. 8-16 in Winnetka.
• A victim’s Visa card was accessed to make purchases worth $1,699 without authorization between Jan. 11-12.
There were 17 incidents of IDES fraud filed between Jan. 13-19 in Glencoe.
• Lamar E. Whitehead, 40, of Waukegan, was arrested for burglary from a motor vehicle and identity theft at 9:37 p.m. Whitehead reportedly forced entry into a vehicle and stole a purse in the 200 block of Beach Road. He allegedly later used credit cards from the stolen purse.
• A victim was deceived into believing there was a virus on their computer. The victim’s CitiBank account information was compromised, but they suffered no financial loss.
There were five incidents of IDES fraud filed between Jan. 12-16 in Northfield.
• A customer allegedly made threatening statements toward staff at Fields BMW, 700 West Frontage Road. Officers spoke with the customer who indicated they told staff they were unhappy with the service they received, but denied making any threatening remarks. At the request Fields BMW management, the subject was advised they were no longer welcome on the property. There was another report of an unruly customer on Jan. 15 at Fields BMW in which police confirmed were two separate incidents.
The Record’s police reports are taken from police-activity summaries prepared by local police departments. Police reports contain public information from preliminary reports and are not a complete listing of all police activity. All arrestees are innocent until proven guilty.
This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.