Cops probe rash of vehicle break-ins

Buffalo Grove police are investigating seven break-ins to motor vehicles in the past week including a series of four that occurred overnight on Aug. 12 – 13.
Police say a resident in the 0 – 100 block of Oak Creek Drive reported two windows were broken on his car.  The only thing reported missing was a small amount of currency. While investigating this incident, police report they spotted another car with similar damage.  No items were reported missing.
Police reports say a third vehicle, also parked in the 0 – 100 block of Oak Creek Drive, was damaged while parked.  In this incident, police say the driver’s side window was broken and the license plate damaged. The resident said a mobile dash-cam video camera was stolen. A fourth vehicle was also reported broken into with a side window smashed.  The resident said a radar detector was taken, but her purse was left on the front seat with nothing taken out of it.

Another break-in to a vehicle occurred, police say, in the 400 block of Covington Terrace. Entry was gained by thieves breaking the driver’s side window.  A radar detector and dash camera were taken.

Police reports say that a resident on Miller Lane said his car was burgled and several items were taken including sunglasses, a skateboard and basketballs. The resident told police he saw several boys playing with the skateboard at a nearby park. They denied they stole it and the resident was able to reclaim the item. Police also report the car was left unlocked.

In another vehicle related break-in, a resident reported to police that her car was broken into while in her driveway.  The resident told police that the car was parked outside overnight, and when the woman went to leave for work the next morning she realized she could not find her purse and car keys, telling police that they much have been left in the car and were stolen. Another resident reported a radar detector was taken from his car. Police reports say the car was entered by breaking out the right front window.

Hungry thieves – Police were summoned to the Bucky’s in the 1200 block of McHenry Road in response to a theft of four slices of pizza and three packs of cigarettes.  It was the second such incident in two weeks.

The ‘purse-suit’ of detail – A guest at the Sheraton Four Points on Lake-Cook Road became irate when the purse she thought was left in her room was missing. She told hotel management the purse was left on a bed in her room. Police, with the assistance of the hotel manager, found the purse – underneath the bed the woman said she had left it on.

But did they have to pay $50 and pick up the garbage? – A Buffalo Grove plumbing contractor told police that a black Mercedes parked near the dumpster on his property and dumped garbage into the dumpster. A label on a box thrown into the dumpster led police to a Lincolnshire residence where the vehicle owner lived.  Police showed her the surveillance video at which time the resident admitted to throwing the garbage into the dumpster.  She said she would remove the garbage. She was cited with a village ordinance for illegal dumping and the judge wasn’t going to look at the 27 eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was.

There must be a trend here – The owner of a business in the 1500 block of Barclay Blvd. reported that a woman was observed dumping garbage into the company’s dumpster. The business owner found a label that led them to – ready – a Lincolnshire residence.  The woman said the complex association where she lives charges too much to have ‘additional garbage’ picked up.  No information about her vehicle was provided.  The woman said she would remove the garbage. She was charged with a village ordinance for illegal dumping.  Reports did not say if her fingerprints were somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder.

Stupid is, Stupid does -- Police report there was one arrest for driving while under the influence and three for driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Community News

Village Board weighs gas tax
On the heels of a 19-cent increase in the state gas tax, the Village Board is considering a recommendation from village staff to institute a 4-cent per gallon gas tax to help offset the cost street maintenance and repairs.

Water rate hike may loom soon
Citing the aging infrastructure of the village’s water transmission system, Village Trustees were told at their Aug. 5 Committee of the Whole meeting that a 37 percent rate increase could be in the cards.

Village Board meeting Monday
The Village Board will have a regular monthly meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Jeffrey Braiman Council chambers. The agenda can be found here.

Buffalo Grove Days shuttle routes set
The shuttle bus to Buffalo Grove Days includes new locations in the Cook County portion of the village.

Stops this year include:
·          Bus #1 - 50 Raupp Blvd - South Route (Village Hall)
·          Bus #1 - 935 Dundee Rd - South Route empty car dealer lot with plenty of parking at both locations.
·          Bus #2 - Twin Groves Jr. High - North Route
·          Bus #3 – Buffalo Grove Metra Station - East Route
All parking lots are free and all three bus routes, organizers say, go to the festival location.
Buffalo Grove Days is Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. The event includes the BG Days Parade, car show and art show, business fair and nonprofit showcase.
A variety of live entertainment is also scheduled, including a performance by a Queen tribute band.  There will also be BBQ challenge and carnival. Events, including Buddy Baseball and the Food and Fun Program are available for residents with disabilities.
Full information is available at

Berman honored by Park Board
The Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Directors honored retired Village Board Trustee Jeffrey Berman Aug. 12 for his service to the community.
Jeffrey Berman
A resolution adopted by the Park Board touts Berman’s “distinguished career in public service” that included serving as the Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Citizens to Protect Quality of Life Through Better Transportation (1999 - 2004); the Village Representative to the Lake County Transportation Improvement Project (1999 - 2003); the Metropolitan Mayors' Caucus Transportation Task Force as a Representative of the Lake County Municipal League (2002 - 2004); serving on the Board of Directors, Lake County Transportation Alliance (2012 - 2019); as a Member of Metra Citizens Advisory Board, representing Lake County (2010 - 2013); as well as the Chairman, of the Metra Citizens Advisory Board representing Lake County (2011 - 2013).
The resolution also commends Berman “on behalf of the Buffalo Grove Park District for his tireless and distinguished service transforming the Village of Buffalo Grove into a vibrant and sustainable community for generations to come.”

Buffalo Grove student gets Columbia College grant
Jennifer Pollack, of Buffalo Grove, will find paying tuition bills at Chicago’s Columbia College a bit easier, thanks to a $12,000 grant she received from the school.

Park District to host reception for artist
The Buffalo Grove Park District will host an art reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for former Park Board Commissioner Karen Meadows, at the Hyman and Miriam Reiner Art Gallery in the Fitness Center at the Buffalo Grove Park District.   Meadows was on the Park Board during the planning stages of the Fitness Center, and saw an opportunity to provide a space where local artists could share their work with the public; and, at the same time, create a visual space somewhat unique to a fitness center.  Since its opening, the gallery has hosted Buffalo Grove and Stevenson High School art students, prominent local artists, and annually the drawing and painting students from the Buffalo Grove Park District classes taught by Enid Silverman. 
The public is welcome to view the exhibit at the Fitness Center through August 30 during regular operating hours. For more information, contact Debbie Fandrei at (847) 850-2148 or

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