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, Feb. 8-13.
There were 23 incidents of Illinois Department of Employment Services — later referred to as IDES — fraud filed between Feb. 5-12 in Wilmette.
• A bicycle worth $1,300 that was strapped to a car rack was stolen between 1:32-1:44 p.m. in the Supercuts parking lot, 3200 Lake Ave. The bike is an REI co-op with 4.5-inch fat tires.
• A power tool was reported stolen from a detached garage in the 400 block of Highcrest Drive.
• A resident’s personal information was fraudulently used to purchase a vehicle in Lexington, Ky. that was then shipped to Schaumburg.
• A resident’s personal information was fraudulently used to apply for a small business loan.
There were 22 incidents of IDES fraud filed through Feb. 3 in Winnetka.
• Several pieces of clothing, worth a total of $1,606, were reported stolen at 12:45 p.m. from J. McLaughlin, 567-A Lincoln Ave.
• Several bottles of liquor, worth a total of $726, were stolen between 4:41-4:43 p.m. from Walgreens, 925 Green Bay Road.
• A victim reportedly discovered on Dec. 18, 2020, an unknown offender used their information to open an AT&T account, activate multiple phone lines and make purchases without authorization. The total amount of loss is $2,445.
There were seven incidents of IDES fraud filed between Jan. 28-Feb. 2 in Glencoe.
• An unknown offender sent an email to a resident claiming they had a pornographic video of them and would release it to the public unless the resident sent money. The victim reported the scam and suffered no financial loss.
• An unlocked 2018 Mercedes was reported stolen at 7:17 a.m. from an unlocked garage in the 400 block of Sheridan Road. The vehicle had its key fob left inside and was later recovered on the southwest side of Chicago.
• An unknown offender deceived a victim into sending nude photos over text messages and then threatened to send them to the victim’s family members.
• An unknown offender deceived a victim into allowing access to their computer and suffered a loss of more than $50,000.
• A resident received a tax document from PayPal showing they received money from the site; however, they did not receive any money.
• A resident’s identity was fraudulently used to apply for FMLA and short-term disability benefits. There was no reported financial loss.
There were seven incidents of IDES fraud filed between Jan. 25-30 in Northfield.
• Two bundles of firewood, worth $5 each, were reportedly stolen from outside Mariano’s, 1822 Willow Road.
• Two windows on a Village building were broken after being struck by snow and ice during sidewalk snow removal at 360 S. Happ Road.
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.