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Police Reports: Winnetkan loses thousands of dollars in fake police phone scam, 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, June 13-19.


There were six incidents of Illinois Department of Employment Services fraud filed between June 11-18 in Wilmette.

June 15

• An unknown offender spray-painted graffiti on the exterior of a garage in the 200 block of Thelin Court.

June 14

• A part was stolen off a vehicle in a parking lot in the 700 block of Hibbard Road.

June 13

• A bike was reported stolen from a backyard in the 400 block of Ridge Road.

June 6

• An unknown man left Walgreens, 3232 Lake Ave., without paying for his retail items. He was described as a white male, 30-40 years old, wearing a camouflage baseball cap, short sleeve dark blue shirt, khaki pants and dark gym shoes. The Record’s questions to the Wilmette Police Department regarding what was stolen have not been answered as of press time.


June 15

• An unknown offender applied for a car loan using a resident’s information. There is no loss reported at this time.


There were three reports of IDES fraud filed June 8-9 in Winnetka.

June 11

• A window was damaged overnight June 10-11 at a residence in the 300 block of Walnut Street.

June 8

• An unknown offender contacted a resident by phone purporting to be from a police department at 12:22 p.m. They instructed the victim to overnight funds to post bail for a relative. The amount of loss exceeds $5,000.


There were two reports of IDES fraud filed June 11 and 14 in Glencoe.

June 13

• Two credit cards were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 600 block of Westley Road. The victim did not remember whether the car was locked or not. There is no reported financial loss.

June 11

• The doors to a playground barn were damaged at 275 Lincoln Ave. Three pedal train car doors were also found damaged June 9 at another park at 275 Lincoln Ave.


June 20

• A mailbox was struck and possibly damaged by a vehicle in the 400 block of Fox Meadow Drive.

June 16

• Mariano’s staff reportedly observed a person in a vehicle in the parking lot at 5:26 p.m. that they believed to have committed previous retail thefts in the store, 1822 Willow Road. Staff asked for advice on issuing a trespass notice to the subject. Officers suggested they contact their legal department.

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.

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Megan Bernard

Megan Bernard is a co-founder and the managing editor who directs day-to-day journalism of The Record. Megan enjoys writing about restaurants, entertainment and education and is an established human-interest reporter.

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