Bogus tax returns, thefts, phone miscues highlight police activity

Police Reports
In light of several reports from residents about phony tax returns filed in their name, the Buffalo Grove Police Department offers these tips:
** Plan ahead and file your taxes as early as you can
** Remember, even with the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments the IRS will not be calling you for any of your financial, banking, or personal information. They won't be emailing you, texting you, or inviting you to a Zoom meeting either.
** Check your credit report at least twice a year
** Shred any paperwork with personal information on it prior to disposing of it
** Stay vigilant with on-line security.  This includes updating passwords, only logging into bank and financial accounts over secure wi-fi networks, and not clicking on links in suspicious e-mails.
** Only buy gift cards for gifts; never use gift cards as a form of payment.  This applies to the IRS, any other government agency, any utility company, and any law enforcement agency.
One ringy, dingy – Police were summoned to Woodman’s after a woman reportedly tied up the phone at the customer service counter. Reports say the woman asked to use the phone to call for a ride. However, she continued to use the phone because, police say, the calls would not go through “…due to the subject's inability to remember the phone number she was trying to call.” When the woman was told she could not continue tying up the phone, she began yelling at a customer service staff member, calling her rude. A manager intervened and tried several times calling the number for the woman, but was unable to complete the calls, which again led to the woman yelling at employees. The manager told her she was not welcome back into the store, to which the woman reportedly started yelling at the manager saying she was going to (ready?) call the corporate officers and get him fired. Given the woman’s lack of ability to make a phone call, the manager’s job is probably safe. For a long time.
Cops nail offender – Police responded to a report that a nonessential business was open. Their investigation found that there were at least two people getting their nails done at two different stations at the Amoveo Med Spa. Police told the patrons and employees they had to leave. Reports did not say if the patrons were getting a basic, French, or Paraffin manicures. The report was filed.
Wire stolen – Representatives of an electrical contractor reported to police that 250 feet of cable they had installed was missing. The value of the 2.0 gauge was $300.
Stimulus check theft – A resident told police she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the government and wanted her Social Security number to process her stimulus check. The woman told police she complied not realizing it was a scam.
Car theft – An employee at the Jewel on McHenry Road reported that his car was stolen from the lot while he was working. The man said in addition to the car, his FOID card, concealed carry license, a debit card and passport. There was no firearm in the car. If you want to know, yes, the car was unlocked. And by the way, the keys were in the car as well.
Doggone it – A resident in the 500 block of Thornwood Drive told police his upstairs neighbor brushes her three dogs on her balcony and the throws clumps of hair on to his yard. Police left phone messages for the neighbor, but indicated they had not heard from her. She was probably walking her dogs.
Speaking of dogs – Police received a complaint that a “doggy daycare” facility was operating. When police arrived, they found a man sitting at the front desk while a dog was being groomed. The owner said she was grooming her dog and the man was a relative. The woman said she had a license to operate the business, but did not show it to police.
Quick change drinker – Employees at Woodman’s said a couple purchased five bottles of “high end” liquor. Reports said the couple put down $900 in cash, but the grabbed some of it when the clerk wasn’t watching. At the end of the day, the register was $400 short.

Community News
Board approves new contract for fire fighters, paramedics
            Fire fighters and paramedics will receive pay increases with the approval of a new contract. Th agreement, which runs from May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021, was approved by the Village Board at its meeting on Monday, April 20.

Board proclaims May 10-16 Police Week
            The Village Board April 20 approved a resolution proclaiming May 10-16 “Peace Officers Week”. The week will be highlighted by observance of Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15. The resolution states that  “…it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties and responsibilities of their police department, and that the members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation.”

“Haymarket Affair” topic of Library program
The Indian Trails Public Library is sponsoring an Illinois Labor History Society presentation on the Haymarket Affair, a bombing that took place at a Chicago labor demonstration in 1886.
Participants will learn how this event inspired an international holiday and about the memorial to the martyrs at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois.
Registration with a valid email address required through Zoom. To register, click here. You will receive an email confirmation from Zoom with instructions on how to join the program.

Library sets June 2 due date for materials.
The due date for all items checked out from the Indiana Trails Public Library is June 2. While the Library says it hopes to have staff back in the building before then, no items will be due before June 2.  If the library remains closed longer, library staff will adjust due dates.

Drive-bys, fire station tours suspended
Requests for Police and Fire Department personnel to drive-by a resident’s house for a special event, such as a birthday, are on hiatus due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in Buffalo Grove. The Fire Department is limiting personnel and equipment to essential travel only.
Also shelved for the time being are tours at the fire stations, attending block parties and interacting with residents.

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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