Wilmette, News

Police Reports: Three arrests for auto burglaries, small explosion at rail yard, 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, April 11-18.


There was one incident of Illinois Department of Employment Services — later referred to as IDES — fraud filed this week in Wilmette.

April 11

• Three offenders were charged with auto burglary following six reported incidents during which unlocked cars were entered, and in some cases, items were reportedly stolen. Police said they located three alleged suspects in the 1800 block of Lake Avenue and they were in possession of the proceeds from the reported auto burglaries that night. Three teenagers were arrested, including one juvenile who was petitioned to juvenile court. The incidents occurred on Greenwood Avenue, Forest Avenue, Lake Avenue, Walnut Avenue and Elmwood Avenue.

April 9

• A group of unknown offenders removed a parking stall pole and threw it over the rail yard fence at the CTA, 349 Linden Ave. The metal pole hit the third rail reportedly causing an explosion, but there was no resulting damage to the property. A witness told police he observed three male subjects about 12 to 14 years old flee the area on bikes.


There was no police activity reported in Kenilworth this week.


There was one incident of IDES fraud filed April 5 in Winnetka.

April 8

• A vehicle was scratched on both driver’s side and passenger side doors between 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Winnetka Avenue. A similar incident occurred between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 5 in the 1000 block of Tower Road.


April 9

• An unknown offender accessed a victim’s bank account and withdrew more than $20,000. The victim was refunded and didn’t suffer a financial loss.


April 11

• A resident reported that while attempting to sell an item online, a prospective buyer tried to send a Google verification code, possibly to access their Google account. Officers gave them advice on securing their accounts.

April 6

• A complainant was reportedly flagged down on Willow Road by several subjects attempting to sell jewelry. They asked the complainant to meet them at Chase Bank to complete the sale; however the complainant declined and called the police at 1:34 p.m. Officers said they interviewed the subjects, who reportedly said they were trying to sell the jewelry to pay for travel back to their home. 

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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