Wilmette, News

Police Reports: Rental car recovered, purse stolen while owner on a walk

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


Feb. 3

• A stolen car reportedly was recovered near the Wilmette Post Office, 1241 Central Ave., when officers responded to a tip. The car was reported stolen by Sixt Rent A Car after numerous attempts to have it returned. Two arrests were made.

• A street sign marking Lauren Street reportedly was stolen .

Jan. 28

• A catalytic converter reportedly was stolen from a car between Jan. 17-22 in the 200 block of Ridge Road.


Jan. 29

• An Amazon Kindle reportedly was stolen from an unlocked car parked in a driveway in the 600 block of Willow Road. Two other unlocked cars in the same driveway allegedly were entered, as well.

Jan 24

• A check dropped in the Village deposit box reportedly was stolen, altered and cashed for $3,060.81 between Dec. 22 and Jan. 20.

• More than $2,000 in fraudulent charges reportedly were made on a resident’s credit card.


Jan. 27

• More than $900 in fraudulent online purchases reportedly were made on a resident’s credit card, which the resident reportedly still had in their possession.


Jan. 30

• A purse reportedly was stolen from a car in the 400 block of Wagner Road. The car’s window reportedly was smashed out between 12:30-12:59 p.m. while the car owner reportedly was walking her dog.

Jan. 24

• A resident reportedly lost about $1,000 in a scam that began when they clicked on a computer popup and received a phone call asking to purchase gift cards.

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.


This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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