Resident scammed out of $19,000

From the Police Reports
A resident in the 25 block of Willow Parkway responded to a pop-up warning about viruses on her computer and called what she thought was Microsoft to remove them.  The 76-year-old woman was told to purchase $6,000 worth of Target gift cards at area stores.  The next day she was told she had more viruses on her computer and had to purchase another $5,500 worth of gift cards.  By the time the woman realized it was a scam, all gift cards had been used for a $11,500 loss. She later found out that after giving additional information to the “caller,” there was a $7,500 charge to her checking account.
Buffalo Grove police assisted Metra police in the investigation of a suspicious package at the Buffalo Grove train station.  After bomb-sniffing dogs checked the bag along with officers, the bag was found to contain women’s clothing.
Police are investigating a break-in at the Smoke for Less store at 1026 Weiland Road. Employees found the glass in the front door broken.  Reported missing was nearly $750 worth of tobacco products including 10 individual packs of Marlboro Red and nine cartons of the same product.  Video surveillance revealed that two men entered the store.  Police were unable to determine are or race of the men.
Police are investigating a break-in to a residence in the 2800 block Dunstan.  Police reports say an active burglar alarm alerted them to the home.  Despite damage to a door frame, police reports indicate that the only item reported missing was a 2 x 2 foot safe, which weighs between 25 & 30 pounds.  It contained jewelry and currency.  Residents were going report any additional missing items to police.
Police are investigating a burglary in the 100 block of Manchester Court.  Police say they found the rear patio door ajar.  After a K-9 check, police noticed overturned drawers and cabinets.  Police are waiting for the residents to return from abroad to ascertain what items may be missing.
A resident in the 0-100 block of Beacon Ct. told police she was contacted by someone who told her she was with U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and she was eligible for a monetary grant, if she sent the caller a Google Play Gift card.  The woman did what the caller asked and purchased a $250 Google Play card before finding out it was a scam.
Not pussy footing around – A resident reported a stray cat on Milwaukee Ave. Police took the cat to Kings Kennels in Riverwoods.
Police were summoned to a local business in response to a report of a “cocaine like substance” suspicious white powder in a restroom.
A Palatine man reported his car was broken into while it was parked at the Jewel/Osco on McHenry Road.  The man, an employee, told police a coworker told him his car alarm was going off.  He discovered the back-left passenger window had been broken.  Reported stolen was a cell phone, sunglasses, a winter hat and other small items.  Police say an employee noticed a female get in and out of a red large vehicle.  Police were planning to review the store’s surveillance footage. Police say blood was spotted in the vehicle and were checking a sample.
Around Town
Set the way-back machine, Sherman. A pair of Buffalo Grove siblings, will compete in Old-Time world competition at Disney World. Kevin and Olivia Zhou are talented pianists.
Preserve clean-up. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves recently to clean-up and plant at the Buffalo Creek Nature Preserve.
Enjoy the Music – The Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands Spring Concert, 'Wind Band Classics', performs at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Stevenson High School Performing Arts Center,1 Stevenson Drive in Lincolnshire.
Tickets are available in advance for $10 at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Boulevard, or online here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $12. Discounted senior and student tickets are available for $8 each at any time. To learn more, click Concert information.
Cops hosting Annual Bike Rodeo tomorrow. The Bike Rodeo, hosted by the Police Department is Saturday from noon-2 p.m. at Mike Rylko Community Park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. Participants can practice safe riding on a skills course and receive free helmet fittings, courtesy of The Wheeling Wheelmen Bicycle Club. Children ages 5-12 can also compete to receive a trophy, giveaways, and the grand prize which is a new bike.
Public Works’ Touch-a-Truck Event May 18 -- The Public Works Department’s annual Open House and Touch-a-Truck event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Public Service Center, 51 Raupp Boulevard. Free raffles, prizes and food will be provided. This event will take place rain or shine, and families with children of all ages are welcome.
School Notes
St. Mary’s teacher honored. The Archdiocese of Chicago cited Mary Jo Elsey for her work at the school.
A Buffalo Grove High School senior was named one of six winners in the annual NextNotes High School Composition Awards. Janelle Finton will travel to Minneapolis to work with leading composers.
State champs. The Daniel Wright team was named state champions May 3, at the IESA State Scholastic Bowl in Peoria. This is the highest level of competition this team can achieve. Students on the team are Rakshith Bellam (6), Akshansh Chauhan (7), Ben Chen (8), Christian Epure (8), Dev Ganguli (8), Edward Han (7), Thomas Holecek (7), Nora Kogan (7), Nathan Ma (8), Henry Park (8), Vedant Rathi (7), Deepak Salian (8), Eesha Santosh (8), Rishabh Wuppalapati (8), Kevin Yang (6), and Vivian Zhu (7). Scholastic Bowl is a quiz-based competition that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects. "This is a hardworking team that consistently shows unmatched sportsmanship. There are dedicated to the game and make a cohesive team with knowledge covering all content areas," said Emma Bosley, who coaches the team with Christina Muller.
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