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Police Reports: Motorcycle scam, Sheridan Road home burglary, 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, Feb. 28-March 6.


There were 35 incidents of Illinois Department of Employment Services — later referred to as IDES — fraud filed between Feb. 26-March 5 in Wilmette.

March 4

• A victim confided in a man she met through an online game in September 2020. She sent him money and gave out personal information to later discover it was a scam.

March 2

• A package was stolen from a porch in the 1400 block of Forest Avenue.

Feb. 26

• A victim provided credit card information to a caller purporting to be an IT technician.


There was one incident of IDES fraud filed on March 1 in Kenilworth.


There were six incidents of IDES fraud filed through Feb. 26 in Winnetka.

Feb. 25

• William Tilford Murdoch, 23, of the 600 block of Pine Street, Winnetka, was arrested for driving under the influence and cited for leaving the
scene of an accident, improper turn and driving under the influence-BAC .08 or more at 11:28 p.m. at the intersection of Oak Street and Green Bay Road. According to police, a witness reportedly told police a vehicle struck a portion of the Oak Street Bridge and proceeded to travel east on Oak Street. Damage was observed to a section of the bridge’s concrete guard railing. 

• An unknown offender contacted a resident purporting to be Amazon support. The victim was instructed to purchase and forward $1,400 worth of Google gift card information in order to place a hold on the victim’s account, preventing it from being hacked.

Feb. 24

• A TCF Bank account was fraudulently opened using a resident’s information. There is no reported loss.

Feb. 22

An unknown offender damaged a door and made entry into a home between 7:24-8:14 p.m. in the 500 block of Sheridan Road. The amount of loss is unknown.


There were six incidents of IDES fraud filed between Feb. 24-March 2 in Glencoe.

March 2

• A First Financial account was fraudulently opened with a resident’s information. The victim suffered no financial loss.

Feb. 25

• A resident wired money to purchase several motorcycles from a seller on the internet. The resident received two of the six motorcycles, and the seller is no longer responding to messages. The case is under investigation.


There were two incidents of IDES fraud filed between Feb. 22-24 in Northfield.

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.

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