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Police Reports: Uber ‘bonus’ scam, suspicious electric bill, damaged deck, 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, March 14-20.


There were nine incidents of Illinois Department of Employment Services — later referred to as IDES — fraud filed between March 12-19 in Wilmette.

March 18

• Several items were reported stolen from The Bottle Shop, 1148 Central Ave.

March 15

• A package was stolen from a common area in an apartment complex in the 300 block of Ridge Road.

March 12

• An officer discovered a street sign that was missing at the intersection of Harvard and Schiller avenues. It was reported to Wilmette Public Works.


There was one incident of IDES fraud filed March 15 in Kenilworth.

March 12

• An unlocked vehicle was entered by an unknown subject overnight March 11-12 in the 700 block of Brier Street. Nothing of value was reported stolen.


There were five incidents of IDES fraud filed through March 12 in Winnetka.

March 13

• An unknown offender contacted a resident via telephone purporting to be an Uber representative at 10:43 a.m. The resident was instructed to provide their checking account information to receive what the caller said was “a bonus,” according to reports. When the resident checked their account, $380 was removed.

• The wooden fence of a deck was damaged between March 11-13 at a residence in the 1400 block of Tower Road. The amount of loss is $1,500.

March 12

• An unknown offender entered and went through an unlocked vehicle overnight March 11-12 in the 900 block of Spruce Street. There was no reported loss.


There were five incidents of IDES fraud filed between March 12-17 in Glencoe.

March 7

• Johnathan P. Mogbo-Bryant, 36, of Maywood, was arrested for identity theft over $10,000 and aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle at 11:51 p.m. in the Village of Hillside. According to police, he purchased a vehicle with fraudulent identification at CarMax in Glencoe and “left a long trail of identifying information” that led to his arrest.


There were two incidents of IDES fraud filed March 9 in Northfield.

March 12

• A resident’s information was fraudulently used to open a Verizon Wireless account and purchase an iPhone. The case is under investigation.

March 8

• A resident in the 1700 block of Northfield Square reported their utility bill had a large increase in electrical usage when they were out of town. The resident asked the incident be documented.

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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