Police investigating two residential burglaries

Buffalo Grove police are investigating two residential burglaries which were reported the week of Jan. 6.
The first was Jan. 10 when a resident in the 600 block of Cherbourg Drive reported to police that someone entered her home. Police report that the master bedroom and second floor were ransacked. A list of stolen items was not available.
The next day, a resident in the 1400 block of Westchester reported a burglary. Police were summoned by an alarm company which reported multiple sensor activations. Items reported missing include a jewelry box, currency and electronics.
** A Buffalo Grove man was charged on Jan. 14 with one count of aggravated assault after he reportedly pulled a gun on a Northbrook man following a reported road rage incident. The Buffalo Grove man reportedly gestured to the Northbrook man with his middle finger near the intersection of AH and Freemont Way. The NBk man followed the Buffalo Grove man home where a confrontation occurred. According to police reports, the Buffalo Grove man retrieved a gun from a vehicle parked in his garage and allegedly pointed at the Northbrook man. The gun, a Ruger .9 mm was registered and the man had a Concealed Carry Permit.
When officers arrived, the Buffalo Grove man denied having a firearm in his possession. The Buffalo Grove man was asked to submit a statement, which he declined to do. Police also say the Buffalo Grove man told police the gun was locked in a safe inside his house.
Police reports also indicate that when police questioned the Buffalo Grove man’s wife, she denied that there was a gun, saying “what gun. There is no gun.” She later recanted and said there was in fact a gun in the house and led police to the safe. When police asked to access the safe, the woman said she did not have a code. She then gave police a container that had the keys to the safe, where police found the gun. Buffalo Grove man
** Fraud – A woman paid a bogus Comm Ed. Bill with 2 Green Dot cards totally $843.24. Police said the woman told them she received a phone call.
** A Buffalo Grove woman told police she purchased, or thought she did, two tickets to the Jan. 7 Bears game. The woman said she made the alleged purchase on Craig’s List for $450. The money was t5rasnfered, but the tickets were never received. The bank advised her that Zelle accounts are treated as disbursing cash.
** A Buffalo Grove resident reported to police on Jan. 11 that he observed an “unknown subject”, possibly 2 or 3 in his home via a security camera. When police responded, a woman who standing in the door quickly slammed the door shut and locked it. Additional officer responded and “set up a perimeter” around the house to see if anyone would try to leave. The BGPD’s K-9 officer responded as well and made “multiple calls” to the occupants with their hands up to come out. No one responded. BGPD called for assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit.
Officers were unable to enter the home through the garage as it did not have an interior door. Police waited for the homeowner to return home. The Northwest Central Dispatch (NWCD) tried to contact the homeowner, but he was on the phone with his girlfriend – who was in the house. The homeowner arrived home 90 minutes after the initial called and was still talking to his girlfriend. The homeowner informed police that his girlfriend brought her friend to the residence. He informed police that he forgot to tell NWCD that he leaves the front door unlocked for his girlfriend and her friends when he is not there. The man eventually convinced his girlfriend to open the front door at which time he told police she was authorized to be in the residence. Police searched the home to make sure no one else was there. The homeowner told police he will speak to his girlfriend so that he is aware when she has friends over. Police reports say the man was “very apologetic and thanked police for their time.”
** A Buffalo Grove man reported that $185,00 was reported missing from his Citibank savings account.
** Police were called to the IHOP at Lake-Cook and Rt. 83 in response to a theft of services. A waitress told police she served two males whom she believed were “under the influence of drugs due to them smelling like marijuana.” Police reports say the two men fell asleep. One awoke and left without paying. The waitress told police she woke the second man and told him his friend left without paying. He told the waitress he wasn’t going to pay the bill and left. The waitress told police the men left in separate cars.
From the Village

Village Hall Closed Monday
Buffalo Grove Village Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday.
Citizens Police Academy begins Feb. 27
Residents can now register for the Buffalo Grove Citizens Police Academy eight-week course. The course begins Wednesday, Feb. 27. The program is reserved for Buffalo Grove residents who are 21 years of age or older. Go to Police Academy to apply or Crime Prevention Officer Amy Cholewa with any questions. The email address is acholewa@vbg.org
Sewer, water rate increases start
The Village of Buffalo Grove's water and sewer rates increased .25 cents per thousand gallons, effective January 1, 2019. These increases will be reflected on the bills sent out this February. The new combined rate is $6.37 per thousand gallons consumed.
Additionally, Lake County has increased the sanitary sewer fee rate from $4.00 to $4.08 - also effective January 1. The Village is required to collect sanitary sewer fees on behalf of Lake County. The summer sewer credit will still be calculated at 120-percent of the non-summer consumption, October through May, and applied to the billing cycles June through September. Please contact the Buffalo Grove Finance Department at 847-459-2500 with any questions.
Buffalo Grove Employee, Village Receive 2019 APWA Awards 
The Village of Buffalo Grove and Public Works Department Forestry and Grounds Manager, Tom Milas, both received awards from the Lake Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) at an awards presentation held Jan. 15.
Milas received the 2019 Professional Manager of the Year Award from the APWA. He was recognized for inspiring excellence, and for providing leadership and dedication to the public good in the area of facilities and/or grounds maintenance, including his successful management of the Buffalo Grove Emerald Ash Borer project, among others.
The Village was also honored with the Management Innovation Award for Efficient Service Delivery, which recognizes creative or innovative ideas that improve the delivery of public services. Among the tools utilized by the Village that were considered for the award designation included digitizing daily vehicle checks (eliminating the need for paper) and for posting benchmark and construction projects information to a publicly viewable map through GIS (geographic information systems), among other initiatives. 
Buffalo Grove School Resource Officer Recognized
School Resource Officer (SRO) Ashley Krozel received the 'Law Enforcement Award' from the Lake County Juvenile Officer's Association (LCJOA) for her work and dedication to youths living and attending schools in and near Buffalo Grove.
Krozel has been an SRO for seven years in School Districts 96 and 102, serving as a mentor and resource for students, parents, and school staff. She has served as an educator who teaches courses on internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol resistance.
Election News
Eight of the nine candidates provided insights to the Des Plaines Journal Topics as to why they are running. Details are at Why they are running.

School News

Glickman leaving D21 -- Lynn Glickman, School District’s assistant superintendent for human resources is leaving the district to become superintendent of Grayslake School District 46.  The appointment begins July 1.  Glickman leaving D21
D103 change meeting date The Board of Education has changed its February Committee of the Whole meeting from Tuesday, Feb. 12, to Wednesday, Feb. 6. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at its regular location of Daniel Wright Junior High School at 1370 N. Riverwoods Road in Lincolnshire.
Water system to get review. Pipe replacement is the biggest challenge facing the village’s water system according to a report in the Countryside Reminder. Water system study.

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