Police Reports: Phone, digital scams cost residents thousands
These reports were pulled from the latest police summaries provided by departments in our coverage area (Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth and Glencoe).
• A caller purporting to be with ComEd reportedly scammed a resident out of nearly $2,000 by claiming the power would be shut off to the resident’s home.
• The tires of a car reportedly were damaged in the 400 block of Winnetka Avenue.
• A mailed check reportedly was stolen, altered and cashed in an amount more than $5,000.
• Fraudulent purchases totaling $3,413 reportedly were made on a resident’s credit card.
• A caller purporting to be with Comcast reportedly tricked a resident into providing their personal information and pay a balance of $220.
• A temporary stop sign reportedly was removed from Sunset Road and Woodland Avenue.
• A resident’s personal information reportedly was used to steal more than $5,000 by executing a wire transfer.
• A resident reportedly was scammed out of $1,158 after receiving a message on their computer asking for $1,158 to remove spyware.
• Cosmetics items reportedly were stolen from Walgreens, 1825 Willow Road, at 5:24 p.m.
• A jacket worth $300 reportedly was stolen from a car parked in the municipal lot at Orchard Street.
No activity reported from Nov. 25-Dec. 2
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 and named in in preliminary reports unless the incident is a matter of public safety or has significant 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.