Resident almost loses $30,000 in phone scam

A woman called police telling them she received a call from a man with a “heavy eastern accent” telling her to wire transfer $30,000 to him. Reports say she quickly ended the call, but not before giving the caller remote access to her computer and bank account.  She told police the incident began when she returned a voice mail message threatening to charge her $400 if she did not return the call.
Police quickly advised the woman to contact her bank, which she did, to place a freeze on her accounts. The woman’s bank said $30,000 had been deposited into her checking account, but $30,000 had been transferred from her home equity line of credit account. The bank informed the woman that the $30,000 would be transferred back into her account and her current accounts would be closed and new ones opened.
Counterfeit currency used for purchase – The manager of the Walgreens at Lake-Cook and Buffalo Grove Road reported a purchase was made with a fake $20 bill.
Consumer fraud –A resident reported he received a bill from a tire and battery store for $2,015.46 for purchases he never made. It is suspected that he was the victim if ID theft.
Putting a bite into crime -- Officials at a dental care facility reported more than $800 of dental supplies and $900 in dental tools were taken from their office in the 100 block of Half Day Road.
Burglary from motor vehicle -- A Northbrook woman reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle that was parked at Buffalo Grove High School. Contents included $500 in cash and several credit cards. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked.
Suspicious incident – A resident in the 1400 block of Mill Creek contacted them after a window well cover was damaged by a brick. While investigating the broken cover, he resident also told police he found a large amount of what he described a “cayenne pepper” near the window well cover.  When asked by police how he knew it was cayenne pepper, the resident told police he had tasted it. He said a similar occurrence happened about 18 months ago. The resident thinks it was meant to be an attack on his dog because a neighbor once told him that “I don’t like your dog.”
Stupid is as stupid does…Buffalo Grove police reported issuing three citations for driving with a revoked or expired driver’s license, two for driving while under the influence and one for driving without insurance.

Community News
Great weather, great turnout spark Fire Department open house
Demonstrations, displays of fire fighting equipment and the “Flight for Life” helicopter were among the highlights of the Fire Department’s open house. Fire Department officials were pleased with the turnout, saying the picture-perfect weather helped bring residents to the annual event.

The Police Department also participated.
Officer Matthew Mills lets a young resident try on a protective vest.

Village Board meeting Monday
The Buffalo Grove Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. The agenda can be found  here. This is a regular meeting.

Lights, camera, cops
The Buffalo Grove Police Department took on a different aura as it was a set for a movie, “Later Days,” that is being shot in the Chicago area. Village officials and staff were not part of the cast, which means the film will likely be rated PG.

Police officers receive certifications
Two members of the Buffalo Grove Police Department, Deputy Chief Michael Szos and Lieutenant Tara Anderson, have been designated as "Certified Eligible Police Chief" by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP). This recognition signifies that both Deputy Chief Szos and Lieutenant Anderson have met the highest standards of competency and conduct in their professions.
To be considered for such an honor, those interested in the certification must meet the ILACP's criteria for experience, education, professional membership and community involvement.
             A third officer, Michael Carlson, a member of the Traffic Unit, was recently certified as a State Crash Reconstruction Specialist. The certification requires testing in mathematics, theory, and practical crash reconstruction. Officer Carlson is also a part of the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team and is deployed to fatal crashes, those with potential fatalities, and crashes with a variety of vehicles including cars, semi-trucks and trains.

Stevenson grad at helm of NIU womens soccer team
Julie Colhoff was hoping to be a high school soccer coach, but when there was a chance to coach the Northern Illinois University womens soccer team, she jumped at the chance. She was recently profiled by the Northern Star, NIU’s student newspaper.

Road kill? Call Public Works
Residents are encouraged to contact the Buffalo Grove Public Works Department to assist with the removal of dead animals found in the roadway. To request this service, contact Public Works at (847) 459-2545 or email Residents may also enter a request in the BG connect app. Residents are reminded that animals must be dead and in the roadway for Public Works to remove them. For other wildlife concerns visit this link.

Car seat safety checks, installation available
The Buffalo Grove Police Department is offering a complimentary car seat installation and safety check from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26t at the Buffalo Grove Park District Golf Dome. Residents should bring the car seat (unwrapped), the car seat manual, and the vehicle manual to the installation. For more information, click here.

Local students named National Merit finalists
Students from Buffalo Grove and Stevenson High Schools are among the recently announced 7,400 National Merit Finalists.

Student Voices
Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.
Buffalo Grove High School Charger
Stevenson High School Statesman

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