DUIs, thefts from vehicles and discarded hot tubs keep cops busy

** DUI results in multiple charges – A New Lenox man was charged with DUI, driving without insurance, driving on a revoked license, illegal lane usage and illegal transportation of alcolhol after he was stopped on Milwaukee Ave.  Police reports say officers noted the man’s erratic driving which resulted in a traffic stop and the ensuing charges.

The man likely did not help his case when after asked by officers if there was anything else he needed from his car, he replied, “"no, but I do have some weed." And that he did, along with a metal grinder, scale, and three bags of "TKO Medicated" candies. In addition to the traffic charges, he was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis.

** Burglary from a vehicle -- A resident in the 500 block of Harris Court reported to police that someone broke into his car June 7 and stole his wallet from the center console.  The man told police the wallet contained cash, gift cards and a credit card that was used at a Walmart in Rolling Meadows. And, yes, the car was reportedly left unlocked.

** Vehicles broken into – A resident in the 500 block of Crown Point Drive reported to police that two vehicles parked in the driveway were broken into June 9. According to reports, the only items stolen were compact disks (CDs) from one of the cars. The report did not say if the vehicles were locked or unlocked. For younger readers, compact disks were small disks that were used to store data or music before the days of Spotify, USB drives, etc.

** Speaking of vehicles – A resident in the 300 block of Lakeview Drive reported that it appeared someone entered her car June 7 and rummaged through the center console and glove box.  While papers were strewn about, the resident did not report anything missing.  The report did not say if the vehicle was left locked or unlocked.

** Checks stolen – A resident in the 600 block of Hapsfield Lane told police several packs of checks were apparently taken from her home. According to reports, the woman told police she noticed that the attic access door was opened. Police checked and did notice a whole in the wall of an adjoining unit, but were not, note reports, able to determine if it was large enough for someone to crawl through.

** Doggone fence – A resident contacted police expressing concern about his neighbor’s dog, a female pit bull, and the fence in the yard.  Police reports indicate that the fence, aside from lower section that was bent up, appeared to be in good shape.  As for the dog, the owner said he adopted her from a nearby animal shelter and she is 3 or 4 years old and nonaggressive.

** If it sounds too good to be true, guess what?  -- A woman reported a case of fraud to police saying she was contacted by a firm called “Consumer Services” with an offer to be a secret shopper.  The woman signed up and received a check for $1,300 along with instructions to buy $1,000 worth of gift cards at Target. She was told to take pictures of them and email the gift card numbers to the company. The remaining $300, police reports note, was her compensation. The woman purchased the gift cards with her credit card and deposited the check in her banking account. The woman was contacted by her bank and told that, surprise, the check was fraudulent.

** Mailbox missing – A resident in the 900 block of County Lane told police that someone stole his mailbox. The mailbox, police reports note, had a custom paint job done by the man’s wife. The post was not damaged or removed.

** Rub-a-dub-dub – A Palatine man received an adjudication ticket for illegal dumping after he placed an item behind a vacant property in the 300 block of north Milwaukee Avenue. What prompted a citizen to report it to police was the fact that the man was dumping a hot tub. The citizen told police the man had the item in the back of his pick-up truck. Yes, it was a slow news day.

** Items reported missing from garage – A resident in the 100 block of Willow Parkway told police several items have been taken from her garage.  Police reports note that the woman’s purse was stolen from her car while it was parked at Mike Rylko Park. Reports note that the woman expressed concern that whoever stole her purse, which had her keys in it, may be accessing the garage. She also provided police a list of several people who had been in the home and garage, although she was “adamant” according to reports, that she did not suspect any of those people.

** Bogus unemployment claims – Three residents contacted police about claims filed for unemployment compensation in their names even though they had not filed. Two were notified by their employer while the third received a letter.

** Charges filed in Apr. 25 theft – A 22-year-old Palatine man was charged June 11 with two counts of retail theft from Woodman’s, 1550 E. Deerfield Pkwy. Police say Michael T. Myslinski took two 1.75-liter bottles of Don Julio Reposado tequila off of a shelf in the store. He has a July 6 court date in Lake County Court.

Stupid is as stupid does Buffalo Grove police report three arrests for DUI, five for driving without valid insurance, three for driving without a vehicle registration, six for driving a revoke or suspended license, two for illegal transportation of alcohol and one for an unlicensed driver.


Farmers Market has strong opening

Despite restrictions due to COVID-19, the Buffalo Grove Farmers Market attracted more than 960 verified visitors at its opening day. The Farmers Market, open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays though Oct. 11, is held at Mike Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Road.

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