Woman loses $20,000 in phone scam

A 44-year-old BG woman told police she lost $20,000 in a phone scam where the caller stated there was a warrant for her arrest. The woman told police she was instructed to go to her bank and withdraw $10,000 and then go to a currency exchange in Arlington Heights and deposit $5,000 in a bit coin digital wallet. She was then told to go to a second location in Arlington Heights and repeat the process. Police reports say the woman was then instructed to go back to her bank and withdraw another $10,000 and go to a bit coin digital wallet at the Corner Bakery at Northbrook Court. The woman said the caller, who posed as a Social Security police officer, kept her on the phone for six hours.

No way to buy a car: A Midlothian man was charged with possession of a fraudulent Illinois Identification card, unlawful use of a License and obstructing justice/identification on Aug. 22. Police say the man was attempting to purchase a 2016 Mercedes from a dealer in the 0-100 block of Dundee Road. An employee at the dealership became suspicious when the man produced an I.D. that said his birthdate was 1978. The employee thought he looked older (he is actually 59).

Not the intent of self-service: Police were summoned to a gas station in the 200 block of Milwaukee Ave, for a report of an unwanted subject. The employee, a 24-year-old woman, called police saying the customer, a 50-year-old male, touched “her butt” and followed her around the store. The person in question told police he is a “regular customer” at the station. The man told police that he has had numerous conversations with the employee and that she was flirtatious with him and had asked him out in the past. He said he told her he wasn’t interested and said he thinks she called 9-1-1 as a way to retaliate against him.
On the day of the incident, the man told police he wanted a slice of pizza but since the station did not have any, they offered to make a fresh whole pizza for him. The man admitted to using complimentary and flirtatious words toward the female employee, but denied touching her. According to reports, the man said he asked the employee about her “tight fitting” pants and the stitching on the pockets. The man did, however, admit to, according to police reports, being “curious about the material of the pants.”

Intoxication leads to ticket: A Buffalo Grove man received an adjudication ticket for disorderly conduct after he was allegedly intoxicated in Windsor Ridge Park. When police arrived, he allegedly became agitated and was resistant to officers “efforts to calm him down”. At one point, police reports say, he told officers to “f**k off” and swung his arm toward one of the responding officers at which time he told them to “arrest him.”

Trash talkin’: A company reported people dumping garbage in their dumpster. After retrieving address information from the dumpster, police contacted the residents who said they were out of town and it may have been their children. The couple agreed to pay the fee for any extra expense by the company and may have bawled their kids out and told them “never to be seen drivin' garbage around in the vicinity again.”

Trash talkin’ part 2: A representative of the management company for a shopping strip center reported people dumping garbage in the center’s dumpster. Police thought they had the address, but found a lock box on the address found in the dumpster.

Tires reported slashed: A vehicle in the 900 block of Lucinda had three of its four tires slashed.

Cash, items stolen from restaurant: Police are investigating a report of a theft from a local restaurant including $5,380 in USC, with kitchen knives worth $150 each and a food processor worth $1,800. The restaurant’s owner speculates that a consultant from the Ukraine may be involved.

Cars reported stolen: A resident in the 0-100 block of Jardin Court reported her car stolen Aug. 22. She said she retrieved some items from the car at around midnight, but the car was gone at 8 a.m. the next day. The woman said she left the car’s proximity key in the car. Another resident in the same block reported his car stolen on Aug. 22. He recalls seeing his vehicle at 10 p.m., but said it was missing the next morning. He told police he left his key inside the unlocked car.

Stupid is as stupid does: Buffalo Grove police wrote one ticket for driving on a revoked license, one ticket for driving without a license, one ticket for driving without wearing a seatbelt, three tickets for driving without insurance, two tickets for transporting or possessing open liquor in a vehicle, two tickets for using an electronic device, one ticket for possession of drug paraphernalia – and 10 tickets for DUI.

Excuse of the week
During a traffic stop, a motorist who was clocked for doing 63 in a 45-mph zone produced an Illinois ID card instead of a license. He reportedly told police,” Oh, I’m sorry. I apologize. I thought it was my driver’s license.”. To make matters worse, police reports say the man’s “shirt was not buttoned fully and he zipper on his pants was down.”
Community News
BG Days in high gear
The 61st annual Buffalo Grove Days festival is under way. A complete schedule and details is located at BGdays.com.
History a huge part of five-day festival
There’s more to Buffalo Grove Days than just music, food and rides. What started as a steer roast and block party has morphed into a five-day festival coordinated by a committee of 40 dedicated volunteers.
Buffalo Grove Stampede Sunday
The Buffalo Grove Stampede 5K/10K Race and Walk is Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Grove Park District Fitness Center and is hosted by the Buffalo Grove Friends of the Parks Foundation. For more information or to register, click here. There will be a number of road closures due to the Stampede including between 5 and 10 a.m. including: eastbound Deerfield Parkway from McHenry Road (Rt. 83) to Buffalo Grove Road and McHenry Road (Rt. 83) between Deerfield Parkway and Buffalo Grove Road. Old Checker Road, Farrington Drive, Shady Grove Lane, Silver Rock Lane and Springside Lane will also be closed during this event. Maps of the routes, and registration information can be found here.  Call Brian O'Malley at 847-353-7529 or email at bomalley@bgparks.org for more information.

Community blood drive Saturday
The Buffalo Grove Community Blood Drive will take place this from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alcott Center. The entire blood donation process takes approximately one hour, and donors are required to provide an ID. Please prepare for donations by eating well and staying hydrated. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call 877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org.

Woodman’s gas expansion proposed
Motorists who buy gas at Woodman’s, but do not like the occasional wait, may have relief in the future. Woodman’s presented a proposal for a second 10-pump self-serve gas station on the south side of Deerfield Parkway at the Aug. 19 Village Board meeting.
Speaking of gas…it may cost more in Buffalo Grove
In order to keep up with the cost of road improvements, the Buffalo Grove Village Board is weighing a 4-cent a gallon gas tax. Village officials says the idea is not unique and is fairly common in neighboring communities.
New addition opens at Stevenson
A new $27-million addition greeted Stevenson High School students when school opened for the 2019-2020 school year. The addition includes classrooms, meeting spaces and a greenhouse, in addition to a cafeteria with “enhanced options” for student diners.
Labor Day crackdown targets traffic scofflaws
As Illinois drivers celebrate the Labor Day weekend, the Buffalo Grove Police Department is in the midst of a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunk, unbuckled, and distracted drivers.
“Our goal is to help ensure our community’s residents and visitors make it home safely after the party ends,” Buffalo Grove Police Sergeant Michelle Kondrat. “We’ll be out in force to keep impaired drivers off the roads. If you’ll be celebrating, we urge you to plan ahead for a sober ride. It could be a matter of life or death.”
The Buffalo Grove Police department is partnering with the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois for the increased statewide effort. The high-visibility crackdown runs through Sept. 3.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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