Cops probe escalation in vehicle break-ins

Buffalo Grove Police are investigating 13 reports of break-ins to vehicles Sept. 12 and 13. According to reports, “…Seven of the cars had something taken while six were just rummaged through.”  Police say the 13 incidents involved vehicles that were parked unlocked in residential driveways. The incidents took place on Checker Drive, Crown Point Drive, Chateau Drive, Woodhollow Lane, Harris Drive and Vintage Lane.

            In a separate incident, police report that two vehicles in the 200 block of Farrington Drive were broken into.  Residents say it appeared that two juveniles rummaged through both vehicles that were parked in the driveway. They told police it appeared there was a pick-up truck waiting from the two juveniles. While the residents could not provide a detailed description of the pick-up truck, reports say it appeared to have “clearance” lights on top.

            In light of the rash of vehicle break-ins, police are urging residents to keep their vehicles locked when parked outside and remove all valuables. In addition to items like laptops, dash cams, radar detectors, and purses, residents are reminded that an unlocked vehicle that has a garage door open or vehicle key fob inside can result in vehicle theft or home burglary.

Fraud – A resident told police he was contacted about a job at a Maryland firm, but when he contacted the Human Resources Department, he was told they did not have his resume and he was not being considered for it.  He was sent a $4,900 for computer software, but he did not cash the check.

Computer Fraud – A resident told police he received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft telling the resident that his computer had been hacked. The resident apparently logged on to his computer because, reports say, during a phone conversation his computer went black. The man then noticed unusual activity on his bank account. The next day the man was unable to access his account. He contacted Microsoft and was told that no one initiated contact with him about hacking. The resident is working with his bank.

Vandalism – A resident in the 100 block of Wildflower Circle told police she spotted graffiti on a bridge across a pond.  Reports say the graffiti touted Donald Trump and made offensive comments about “BL”.

Suspicious incident - -A resident in the 300 block of Horatio told police a man came to their front door saying he was doing work a nearby house and needed to check something in the backyard. The man entered the house and was led to the backyard.  The resident became suspicious when, after checking with the neighbor, found the man was not doing any work. Police say the residents described the man as a male Hispanic, between 30 and 35 years of age 5 feet, inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He reportedly was driving a large black SUV.

Fraud via Apple Pay – A resident told police there were two transactions on his bank account for $999 that he did not make.  The man told police he called a number he thought was associated with Apple Pay. He was instructed to download an app to his phone after which he noticed the fraudulent activity. Reports do not indicate what prompted the resident to make the initial phone call.

Speaking of Apple – A resident reported to police that she received a notice about an order for nine Apple phones that she did not place. She received six of the phones and told her wireless carrier that she did not place the order. She returned the phones and was told she would be credited for all nine.

IDES scam continues – A resident told police she received notification of benefits and debit card from the Illinois Department of Employment Security even though she is still employed. The notification said the resident’s last day of work was March 8th – which was news to her.

Labor Day traffic enforcement –The Police Department’s participation the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 20 through Sept. 8 yielded 34 seat belt violations, eight speeding tickets five tickets for driving an uninsured vehicle and two for unlicensed driving. These figures reflect tickets issues by officers participating in the funded overtime program and are not a comprehensive total for traffic enforcement by the department during the program period.

Stupid is as stupid does – In the past week, Buffalo Grove Police officers issued one ticket for uninsured vehicles and two for driving a suspended or revoked license.

 Community News

Village Board meets Monday, Sept. 21

            The Village Board will have a regular Board meeting starting at 7:30 Monday, Sept. 21. Information about attending the meeting via Zoom or in person, as well as the agenda, can be found at this link. The in-person meeting will be at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd.

 Lee in Lake County Board Race

         Soojae Lee, who lost a narrow bid for a spot on the Buffalo Grove Village Board, is setting his sights on a bigger stage. Lee is running for District 20 representative for the Lake County Board in the Nov. 3 election. The available spot is the remaining two years of the term originally served by Adam Didech who stepped down due to health reasons in January. Buffalo Grove resident Marah Altenberg
was named to the post in March and is also running for the spot.

 Village newsletter available online

            The September / October edition of the Village News, the newsletter produced by village staff is available online at this link.

 Signs of the times

With the Nov. 3 general election less than eight weeks away residents are reminded that political signs must be placed on private property and not on a public right of way. Political signs found within the public right of way will be removed and discarded. More information about the Village’s political sign requirements can be found here. For questions, contact the Community Development Department at 847-459-2530.

Indian Trails Library offering a variety of programs

            The Indiana Trails Public Library District (ITPLD) has the following programs on tap for this week:

            What You Need to Know About Vaping  -- Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m. -- Link Together Coalition/OMNI Youth Service staff will talk about the latest research around vaping, prevention guidelines and conversation tips for discussing this topic with others. Register at this link.

            Great Mexican Art Pieces -- Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 to 8 p.m. --  Live Zoom Program -- Carlos Tortolero, President of the National Museum of Mexican Art, presents Mexican art pieces from ancient times to the present. Q & A and book raffle will follow. Register at this link.

            Health and Wealth --  Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.  -- Live Zoom Program -- Lynette Astete will offer tips on how to manage both health and wealth during these difficult times. Register at this link.


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