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, July 18-24.
There were two incidents of Illinois Department of Employment Services — later referred to as IDES — fraud filed between July 9-16 in Wilmette.
• A catalytic converter was reportedly stolen from a vehicle at Mather Place, 2801 Old Glenview Road.
• A resident allegedly followed fraudulent emailed instructions to purchase Target gift cards, worth $475, in a fake PayPal scam.
• A piece of paper was reportedly glued to the window of a vehicle in the 400 block of Linden Street.
• An individual reportedly received a text message purporting to be from the Illinois Secretary of State asking the victim to click on a link to renew his license, in which he did, then provided personal information.
• A fraudulent savings account was reportedly opened in a resident’s name.
• The rear side window of a vehicle was broken in the 800 block of Hibbard Road.
• A locked Trek bicycle was reportedly stolen from the Community Rec Center, 2300 Old Glenview Road.
• A humidor and cigars were reported stolen overnight from Westmoreland Country Club, 2601 Old Glenview Road.
• Fraudulent accounts were opened with a resident’s information at Consumer Cellular and Verizon Wireless. There is no reported loss.
There was one report of IDES fraud filed between July 14 in Winnetka.
• Two street signs were discovered missing from their posts at Ravine and Sheridan roads. Replacement costs are $600.
• Between July 5-17, unknown offender(s) reportedly damaged a lock and stole a bike secured to a parking structure at 1050 Scott Ave.
• Unknown offender(s) accessed a resident’s savings account and cashed fraudulent checks, worth more than $5,000, overnight July 14-15 without authorization.
• A vehicle was scratched while parked overnight in a driveway in the 800 block of Boal Parkway.
• Collectibles and sterling silver were discovered missing between Jan. 1-June 12 from a residence in the 700 block of Bryant Avenue. The amount of loss is worth more than $5,000.
• An unlocked bike, worth $175, was stolen from a bike rack between June 24-July 9 at New Trier High School, 385 Winnetka Ave.
• A resident’s car was reportedly stolen overnight July 20-21 in the 100 Block of Glade Road. It is unknown if the victim locked their vehicle or left the key fob inside. An investigation is pending.
• An unknown offender used a victim’s credit card number to make unlawful charges to purchase Apple gift cards between July 8-17.
• A resident reportedly gave their personal identifying information to an unknown caller who claimed to represent the Secretary of State. There is no reported loss at this time.
• Food was smeared on a business’ window in the 600 block of Vernon Avenue. There was no reported damage or information regarding a suspect.
• A resident burglary occurred between 11:30 a.m.-4:25 p.m. in the 200 block of Latrobe. Several pieces of jewelry were reported missing. The case is under investigation.
• A resident reported that in several instances in the previous months, they found nails in their driveway near where their vehicles are parked in the 500 block of North Happ Road.
• Around 3:30 p.m., a resident reported several male subjects in safety vests rang her doorbell, indicated that they were trimming trees in the backyard and asked the resident to come to the yard with them in the 800 block of North Happ Road. A short time later, the subjects abruptly left. There was no indication that anything at the residence was missing or disturbed.
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. The Record does not publish the names of individuals arrested for nonviolent crimes in preliminary reports unless the incident is a matter of public safety or has broad community implications. All arrestees are innocent until proven guilty.
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