Pseudo-contractor disappears after credit card charge: Blotting

New Trier Township, Illinois – The following information comes from the police departments of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, Willmette and Winnetka as a record of police activity and incidents reported to the police. Criminal charges are merely accusations by the state, and county prosecutors often choose to drop or reduce them. Updated information may be available from the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. Any person who is arrested is innocent unless his guilt is subsequently proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.


accidents

stolen street sign
An officer noticed on April 23 that someone had removed the Mohawk Street sign from the intersection of Mohawk and Iroquois Road.

the shopping
A woman in her forties wearing a blue jacket and black backpack stole unmarked items from Walgreens at 3232 Lake Ave. Sometime on April 29th.

COUNTERFEIT CASH
A man with a tattoo on his face got $89 for a change after he used a fake $100 bill to pay for a pizza at an unmarked restaurant on 3200 Block on Lake Avenue between 7 and 7:30 p.m. May 1. Leaving the scene in a red car before the restaurant staff discovered that the bill he had paid was actually a $10 bill washed and reprinted.

car stealing
Someone searched an unlocked GMC SUV at the 3400 block of Wilmette AVenue sometime on or before May 2. There was nothing missing from the inside.

Contractor scam
A resident on block 800 of Hebbard Road reported May 5 that they requested a cost estimate to replace the fence from what they thought was a legitimate fence contractor, validating a credit card number over the phone, allowing the contractor to charge. $99 for estimated March 30th. But since then the resident has not been able to contact the company, Maverick Fence and Deck, which has provided the non-existent address of 926 Ridge Road as its headquarters. Police described the suspected crook as a white man with dark hair who appeared to be in his late twenties with a height of between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches.

Phone harassment

  • A Willmette Street resident reported on April 29 that an unknown caller was making unwanted phone calls.
  • After a Ridge Road resident reported May 3 that they had received several harassing phone calls since 2020, officers called the accused resident, who denied making the calls but was advised by police to stop anyway.

Arrests / martyrdoms

Charles de RyanD., 50, of 11,400 Block of South Oakley Avenue, Chicago, was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m. at the 800 block of Skokie Boulevard and charged with a misdemeanor retail theft of an unspecified amount of items from Walgreens, 3232 Lake Ave.

Thomas W. McNicholsD., 31, of the 500th block of South 2nd Street, Springfield, was arrested around 3 a.m. on April 30 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after officers reported finding him unconscious behind the wheel of a Lexus station wagon in a parking lot of The Strip Mall is in the 3500 block of Lake Avenue. The officers also issued a warning that a driver had illegally transported an open container of alcohol.


accidents

identity theft

  • A Park Drive resident reported on April 25 that someone used their identity to open an unauthorized PayPal account.
  • An Abingdon Street resident reported May 4 that they received an email from someone asking to pay $800 for a device. When the resident called a number provided to contest the alleged claim, the other person demanded the resident’s personal information. At that moment, the resident ended the call and called the police.

accidents

identity theft
An Orchard Lane resident reported on April 28 that someone used their identity to apply for an unauthorized credit card account.

Forgery
A Sheridan Street resident reported May 5 that someone used his bank account information to forge a check for nearly $8,500.

Text messaging scams

  • A Palos Road resident who had fallen victim to a text message hoax was persuaded to buy $800 worth of Google Play gift cards before realizing that the messages were fraudulent and reported the incident to police on April 28.
  • A Glade Road resident reported May 5 that they provided their Social Security number and bank account information in response to a text message from a suspected fraudster. The resident later discovered a pair of unauthorized transactions worth $500 on his credit card statement.

Arrests / martyrdoms

Kristen Klein, 46, of 900 blocks of Bluff Road, Glencoe, was arrested at approximately 9:15 p.m. May 7 and charged with driving under the influence and driving without a valid driver’s license following an investigation into a traffic accident at the 700th block of Vernon Street . Officers also issued her citations regarding improper use of the lane and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.


accidents

unexpected visitor
A resident at 2200 Block Martin Lane reported on the evening of May 2 that a former co-worker had recently been engaging in suspicious behavior, including unexpected visits. The resident only sought to document the incidents, which the police determined did not include any crime.

car stealing
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on May 6, officers were dispatched to Building 300 on Central Avenue before a report of a suspected car burglary was in progress. The caller, a Glenview resident, told police he had noticed an unidentified man inside his car. Police were told he encountered the suspected robber, who apologized and fled in a car waiting nearby.


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accidents

check fraud
A Hill Road resident reported on May 6 that someone altered a check he mailed and cashed sometime between April 21 and April 25 for a loss of more than $5,000.

identity theft

  • A Golf Lane resident reported on April 27 that they discovered someone had used their identity to make an unauthorized withdrawal of $2,300 from their Fidelity bank account on February 23.
  • An Elm Street resident reported on April 29 that they discovered a week ago that someone had used their identity to open two unauthorized credit card accounts.
  • An Elm Street resident reported on May 3 that they discovered a few days ago that someone had used his identity to conduct an unauthorized transaction of an unknown size from his Chase bank account.
  • A Foxdale Street resident reported May 5 that someone used his identity to add another authorized user to his Chase Bank account on April 15.
  • A Glendale Avenue resident reported May 6 that someone used their identity to open a Verizon Wireless account and accumulated more than $123 in fees.

Berglari cars

  • Someone stole a laptop worth about $2,000 from an unlocked car in the 500 block of Chestnut Street between 11:30 a.m. on April 27 and 7 p.m. on April 28.
  • Someone burglarized a car that was parked in a driveway at block 500 of Arbor Vitay Road between 3:50 and 4:15 a.m. on May 5, but nothing has been reported stolen from the inside.

Arrests / martyrdoms

Jonathan C. Tito, 26, of 1st block of North Long Avenue, Chicago, was arrested around 11 p.m. April 27 and charged with driving under the influence after a traffic stop at the 1700 block of Willow Road in Northfield. He was also issued speeding petitions and disobeying a stop sign.


Previously: Fleeing teens run into a stolen car, sending a woman to the hospital; Her neighbor accuses her neighbor of beating her: Trier’s new town police dryers, from April 13 to April 26


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Note: Speeding tickets, driving license related offenses and some non-criminal accidents are not included.

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