Cops continue probe into rash of tire slashings

Buffalo Grove Police continue to probe a series of tire slashings that have taken place in the southern portion of the village during recent weeks.  Three more cases were reported, all in a parking lot in the 800 block Weidner Road. In one case, two rear tires, valued at $85 each, were slashed. In a second case, a resident reported two tires, valued at over $200 each were slashed, while a third report indicated that three tires, valued at $500 were slashed.

Reports indicate that the tires were slashed during late afternoon and early evening.

** Nearly $13,000 missing – A resident told police that $12,970 was reported missing from her Chase saving account. The funds were removed by an unknown person who wrote checks using the resident’s account number.

** Banner swiped – A resident reported that a large blue banner that was stapled to their fence was stolen.  Reports did not indicate what the banner said.

** Eggs tossed at house – A resident in the 1300 block of Shambliss told police two people threw eggs at his house, with one hitting an open window which caused minor damage inside the house.

** Driver faces felony charges – A Chicago man was charged with one count of aggravated DUI, Class-2 felony and one count of driving on a revoked license, which is a Class-4 felony following a traffic stop Aug. 8 during which police noted that he was reportedly going 60 mph in a 35-mph zone. In addition to the felony charges, the driver was also charged with speeding, and wrong way driving.

** Fireworks damage two mailboxes – Police report mailboxes in the 900 block of Highland Grove and 1000 block of Alden Lane were damaged by fireworks that were placed inside. Police do not report any suspects.

** Food truck theft – Police report that someone broke into a food truck parked behind a business on Dundee Road and reportedly stole $50 in cash and a case of soda.

** ID thefts reported -- Four residents reported to police that their identification had been compromised. In one case, a resident told police she received an unsolicited debit card from “GoBank” with her name in it. Meanwhile, another resident reported receiving a credit card, also from “GoBank.” Two residents said they were contacted by someone claiming to be an investigator with the Social Security Administration. The caller told the residents that their Social Security number was connected to drug trafficking in Texas and that their number and accounts would be suspended if they didn’t cooperate.

** Classless motorist -- A construction worker at Weiland Road and Newtown Drive told police a motorist was upset apparently because of waiting a blistering five minutes for construction crews.  The worker said the motorist told her "You wouldn't be so cute if I hit you." Reports say the driver then drove away on westbound Newtown Drive.

** Masks or no masks? Police received two calls about patrons not wearing masks while attending vents at a restaurant in Town Center. In one case, police noted that most people were wearing masks, with the exception being members of a bridal part who were having their picture taken.  In the second report, police say a number of people were not wearing masks.  Reports say the manager did not think masks were needed until the event started and had staff put masks and gloves on.  He also told police that he thinks the manager of a neighboring business is making frivolous calls about his business, a matter he said is being addressed by Town Center management.

** Bike stolen – A bike valued at $800 was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 900 block of Alden Lane. Reports say the bike was in the resident’s garage when it was stolen.

** How much wood can a Facebook user cut? – A resident contacted police about a man she hired to cut wood in her yard after seeing his ad on Facebook.  Reports say the man responded to the woman’s ad offering $30 an hour to cut the wood. The woman, police say, paid the man up front prior to leaving her home with the understanding that he would finish the job after getting gas. When she returned, the man was gone, but the wood was still there.  She tried to contact him on Facebook, but, to no surprise, he did not respond.  The woman told police he removed himself from the chat and apparently changed his name. But wait, there’s more. The man told the woman that he changed his name because other people were threatening him. The woman said other people had noted or experienced the same thing.

** Speaking of wood – There’s nothing like a storm to bring out the best of neighbors. Police were summoned to a residence in the 2100 block of Avalon Court in response to a complaint by a resident that his neighbor was throwing limbs into his yard. Reports say the resident had video of his neighbor tossing tree limbs into his yard, which was not only annoying, but was damaging, reports say, the neighbor’s fence. Both neighbors were waiting for information from their insurance companies.

            ** Yes, it’s disorderly – Police were summoned to the Spoerlein Commons shopping plaza in response to a complaint of disorderly behavior -- a woman urinating on the sidewalk.  The complainant told police the woman has, note reports, committed the act “numerous times before.” The complainant told police she tried to talk to the woman, but has had little success because of a “language barrier.”

            ** Stupid is as stupid does -- Police reported four tickets for DUI, five for no valid driver’s license, three for operating a vehicle without insurance, and seven tickets to individuals driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

Labor Day traffic enforcement set

Buffalo Grove police are participating in a statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign through Sept. 8.

During this period, motorists in Buffalo Grove can expect to see stepped-up impaired driving patrols and seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest

“While celebrations marking the last days of summer may look different this year than in times past, the potential remains for an increase in the number of impaired drivers on the roads,” Sergeant Michelle Kondrat says. “Impaired driving kills more than 10,000 people in the United States each year.”

The Labor Day holiday period, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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