Police Reports: Phone, social media scams; NT Township check altered
These reports were pulled from the latest police summaries provided by departments in our coverage area (Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth and Glencoe).
• A resident reportedly was defrauded when a caller purporting to be with Wells Fargo instructed the resident to change the settings on the resident’s Zelle account and transfer money using the new settings and telephone number. The resident told police they discovered their cellphone was then associated with a new individual.
• A resident reported that after responding to a social media post looking for a personal assistant, the resident helped an individual cash a check for $2,850 that was later reported stolen from a company in New Jersey. The resident then reportedly found out $3,000 was missing from their bank account.
• An unlocked car reportedly was entered and rummaged through in the 100 block of Broadway.
• A U.S. Post Office mailbox reportedly was broken into at the local post office, 1241 Central Ave. Police are unsure if mail was removed from the box, and USPS Inspection Services was notified.
• A fire extinguisher reportedly was discharged inside the theater at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road.
• Electronics reportedly were stolen from an unlocked car in the 100 block of Dupee Place.
• Retail items reportedly were stolen from a business in the 400 block of Green Bay Road.
• Jewelry was reported missing from a home in the 1100 block of Locust Road.
• Christmas decorations reportedly were stolen from a garage in the 600 block of Washington Street.
• A bank account reportedly was fraudulently opened using a resident’s personal information.
• A check from New Trier Township reportedly was stolen, altered and cashed in the amount of $1,900.
• A cellphone account reportedly was fraudulently opened in a resident’s name in December 2020.
• Items reportedly were stolen from the front porch of a home between 2:30-5:40 p.m. in the 2000 block of Norfork Road. The reported value of the items is $90.
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