Wilmette, News

Police Reports: Schools vandalized and social security scam

These reports were pulled from the latest police summaries provided by departments in our coverage area (Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth and Glencoe).


Sept. 29

• A resident reportedly was told via telephone that their social security number was compromised and they had to purchase a new one. According to the report the resident was told to call a separate number, after which they told to purchase gift cards for a new account and pass along the gift card information to the person on the phone.

Sept. 28

• A dumpster at McKenzie School reportedly was vandalized with permanent market.

• A light from a bicycle reportedly was taken from a bike parked in the Metra Lot, 700 block of Green Bay Road.

Sept. 26

• Profanities reportedly spray painted in numerous locations around the outside of Harper School, according to the Wilmette Police Department. Police Cmdr. Michael Robinson said a juvenile took and used a can of spray paint that was left outside the school after a school event. He said the incident is still under investigation.


Sept. 23

• A resident reported someone used their personal information to apply for Illinois Department of Employment Security benefits.

Sept. 21

• An unsecured scooter reportedly was stolen from a bike rack at 1100 Chatfield Road.


Sept. 27

• A resident reportedly responded to a fraudulent text message claiming to be the Illinois Department of Transportation with their personal information.


Sept. 21

• A resident reported several unauthorized purchases adding up to $178 on their Amazon account.

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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