Cops arrest man for theft during job interview

A Chicago man faces one charge of theft after he allegedly stole a company’s laptop computer, which he was using to fill out a job application. Police reports say the 51-year-old Chicago man was at a company in the 800 block of Corporate Drive applying for a job.  Police note the man was allowed to use the computer to complete the application. An employee who was working with man on the application stepped away, but when she returned, she noticed, reports say, “part of the computer cord hanging out of (the man’s) pocket.”
According to police, when she asked him to return the property, he walked past her toward the exit.  Another employee tried to block the man, but was pushed out of the way and “left the premise with the computer.” A security guard was able to pull his car in front of the man as he was in the street in front of the business and was ordered the man to put the computer on the hood of the car, which the man did. When police arrived, they placed the man under arrest.
He did not get a second interview.

  • Bikes taken -- A resident reported to police that two children’s bicycles were taken off their patio in the 900 block of Deerfield Parkway.  The resident told police he and his family had just moved into their apartment, but could not locate bike locks.  The bikes were on the patio when they were reportedly taken.

  • OTC drugs target of theft – An employee at the Walgreen’s at Lake Cook and Buffalo Grove roads reported the theft of over the counter drugs valued between $200 and $400 were taken July 27. Reports indicate that two shopping hand baskets were used to remove the items, which include Nexium, Imodium, Claritin, Flonase, Smokebusters nicotine gum, Nicorette and a variety of vitamins. The baskets were found in a shopping plaza at Lake-Cook and McHenry roads.

  • Phone scam hits resident –A 65-year-old woman in the 1200 block of Mill Creek Drive reportedly purchased $6,590 worth of Target gift cards after being the victim of a phone scam.  The woman told police she received a phone call which showed up as the Social Security Administration on the phone’s caller ID. The woman said caller stayed on the phone as she made trips to two area Target stores.  She was then instructed to read numbers from gift cards she purchased. Reports say Target employees cautioned her about the situation, but the woman made the purchases. She realized she had been scammed when she went to use her bank-issued credit card and it was declined.

  • At least it didn’t damage the Parkay floor – A resident in the 1300 block of Mill Creek Drive reported to police that a butter knife was located in her back yard. The resident suspects a neighbor may have thrown it there.

  • Booze bandits sought -- Police are investigating the theft of liquor from the Jewel at Lake-Cook and Old McHenry roads. Police reports say one man enters the store through an employee entrance while another acts as a ‘look out’. Reports say the man inside the store forced open a secure are where the liquor is stored and allegedly took assorted tequila and cognac.

Excuse of the week – A traffic stop ended in the parking lot of a business because the man police were pulling over told them “he was on his 15-minute break at work and he was late getting back.”  The man faces charges of driving on revoked/suspended driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and not having a rear license plate. His court date is 1:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in branch court in Mundelein. Unless he’s late.

Community News
BGHS copes with student’s death
The Buffalo Grove High School community is coping with the sudden death of Levi Matsuda who was killed in an accident July 27. Coverage and more details, including how BGHS students plan to remember Matsuda, can be found at Classmates plan to remember and BGHS students recall.

National Night Out Tuesday
The National Night Out is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.  Residents can join the Buffalo Grove Police and Fire departments, along with Village staff, at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road in Buffalo Grove. Hosted by the Buffalo Grove Park District, the event includes games, free food, giveaways and live music from Motown Nation. In the event of inclement weather, call the Buffalo Grove Park District rainout hotline for more information at (847) 235-6857.

Synagogue holding rummage sale
The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Judea is holding its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday at the Synagogue, located on Ill. Rt. 83 and Hilltop Drive.

Buffalo Grove Days Saturday night headliner set
One Night Of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen & The Works Official, will be the headline concert on Saturday, Aug. 31 as part of Buffalo Grove Days, which runs from Aug. 28 through Sept. 2 at Mike Rylko Park. Full information is at

Weekend closing of Metra lot set
The parking lot at the Buffalo Grove train station, 825 Commerce Court, will be closed for maintenance Saturday, Aug. 3rd and Sunday, Aug. 4th. All vehicles must be removed from the lot by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. The lot is expected to reopen in time for normal business on Monday, Aug. 5.

Village Board meets Monday
The Village Board will meet as a Committee of the Whole at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The meeting will be in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. The agenda can be found here.

State drivers services available at Alcott Center Aug. 9
Secretary of State Jesse White's Mobile Driver Services will be at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive in Buffalo Grove from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.
Services include duplicate and corrected licenses, driver license renewals, identification cards and renewal stickers.
CDL licenses will not be available. Individuals age 74 and under who have a driver's license that expires within the year can renew; ID cards can be issued to people of all ages.
Road tests will not be available at the Alcott Center as they are only available at full-service SOS Drivers Services Facility. A Social Security card with two other forms of ID with name, date of birth, residency and signature are required; copies are not accepted. This event is limited to the first 100 people. Call 217-782-7044 or click here for more information.

Community pageant Aug. 8
The 2019 Buffalo Grove Community Pageant is Aug. 8.  According to a report in the Daily Herald, the event is “…an opportunity for the young women of Buffalo Grove to participate in community events, improve public speaking and communication skills, along with achieving goals and obtaining life skills.” Full information is available here.

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