Stolen cars, felony retail theft highlight police activity

 Round Lake Police recovered a car that was stolen from a Buffalo Grove residence in the 0-100 block of University Drive early Sept. 21, that involved a pursuit by Buffalo Grove police and an investigation into an alleged theft from a gas station at Dundee and Buffalo Grove roads. The vehicle stolen was one of three stolen vehicles involved, with the other two reportedly stolen from Lincolnshire.

Police were investigating the theft when another officer spotted three vehicles traveling northbound on Arlington Heights at Lake Cook roads at what reports say was “a high rate of speed.” Reports say the three vehicles hit speeds between 60 and 65 miles per hour as they headed north on Arlington Heights Road. Reports say “All three vehicles ran the red light at McHenry Road, nearly hitting another vehicle traveling southwest on McHenry Road.” The reporting officer said turned off his lights and sirens and it was the three vehicles had no intention of stopping.

Reports indicate the vehicles continued north on Arlington Heights Road, which becomes a dead-end north of Thompson Boulevard. The officer said in reports that he waited for the vehicles to return with hopes of getting a license plate number. Reports note that the three vehicles started heading southbound at a high rate of speed. The officer was able to determine that the lead vehicle, a black 2018 black Mazda CX5 was the vehicle reported as stolen. Reports say it was followed by a white Jeep and a black Nissan. The officer ended his pursuit at this point.

A short time later, Buffalo Grove Police responded to a report of a suspicious incident at the Bucky’s at 10 E. Dundee. Reports say the manager on duty he observed the occupants of three vehicles attempt to use a credit card. Reports say the credit card processing system was not operating at the time. Although the occupants paid for some items, the manager noted some items that were apparently stolen near one of the gas pumps.

Buffalo Grove police found the items, which included a wallet and drivers license of a Lincolnshire woman whose car was stolen and one of the three cars involved in the chase. Lincolnshire police confirmed they were investigating car thefts earlier that evening in which offenders fled in stolen vehicles. Two of the vehicles, a white Jeep and a black Nissan matched the other two vehicles that were pursued in Buffalo Grove.

In addition to contact with the Lincolnshire Police, reports note that a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy informed Buffalo Grove police of the stolen vehicles that fled Lincolnshire on Rt. 22 after committing burglaries.

The vehicle belonging to the Buffalo Grove resident was recovered in Round Lake Beach. Buffalo Grove police reports indicate that one person was listed as an “arrestee” while other were listed as suspects.

Talk about timing -- A Buffalo Grove Police officer happened to be a Woodman’s, 1550 E. Deerfield Pkwy, to pick up a surveillance tape when he was notified by an employee that two men had just left the store with what reports say was “baskets full of merchandise” without paying for it. The office inquired about the nature of payment and asked for the receipt.  One of the men said it was at the register. Nice try. During further discussions one of the men admitted the items were stolen.  According to reports, the initial officer suspected something was array as the two men were using reusable bags, not currently used by Woodman’s. The value of the stolen items was $619.

The driver of the car told police she was at Woodman’s working for Door Dash when two unknown men approached her about getting a ride. However, one of the men said he knew the driver as she was the wife of one of his friends.

The driver told police that she Walker stated she picked up the other three people on the west side of Chicago and their first stop was a Walgreens Pharmacy near Waukegan Road, in what she said was an “unknown town”. The driver told police the two men left the vehicle and returned several minutes later with a large number of items, some of which they placed into an empty milk crate in her car. She told police she drove them to Woodman's where the two men and the other woman entered the store. According to police, the driver said she entered the store separately to use the restroom then returned to her vehicle. The driver told police she “had suspicions” the two were committing thefts when they returned to the card with carts full of merchandise and loaded it into her vehicle.

The two men and driver, along with another woman found hiding behind a car, were arrested and taken to the Buffalo Grove Police Department where the men, Darryl Oliver and, Alvin Shaun Phelon, both of Chicago, were charged, Oliver with one felony count of retail theft, Phelon with two felony counts.

A little dab did him in -- An Arlington Heights man was charged with retail theft after allegedly stealing some American Crew Hair Cream from the Walgreens in the 1200 block of west Dundee Road.

Theft of motor vehicle parts -- Police report that the catalytic converter, valued at $1,000 was removed from a company vehicle while parked in the Cambridge Commons parking lot, 45 east Dundee.

Not prime -- A Buffalo Grove resident told police while using her bank app to make a purchase from Amazon, she was directed to what she thought an online site regarding her Amazon account.  She was told there were fraudulent purchases made and for reasons not explained, the ”customer service representative” told her to go to Target and purchase $1,400 in gift cards. The woman gave the alleged customer service rep. the card number and access code for one of the cards. After noticing additional fraudulent activity, the woman and her husband changed their bank passwords and received new debit cards.

Theft from a motor vehicle – An officer who was returning items to a resident noticed a garage door opener on the sidewalk near the residence.  The office pressed the opener and noticed a garage door across the street activated. He noticed that the glove box was open and items were tossed around the car.  The officer contacted the resident who said noting appeared to be missing and there was no damage to the car. And if you must know, the resident told the officer that she must have not locked her vehicle. Surprised?

Watches missing after move – A man reported to police that his collection of eight to 10 Invicta watches valued at approximately $2,000 were missing after a move within the village. The told police he suspects a member of the moving crew could be responsible as the watches were stored in some of the furniture being moved.

Clean and healthy theft – An employee at Woodman’s told police he someone on the security camera taking brown rice, isopropyl alcohol, and vodka from the store without paying. The customer was not apprehended, but probably had an interesting dinner.

Unpatriotic theft – A resident in the 1500 block of Anderson Lane reported that someone stole his American Flag valued at $25.

Tasteless theft – An employee at the Bucky’s at Dundee and Buffalo Grove roads reported a male customer apparently took five 24-ounce of Steel Reserve beer from the drink cooler and placed them in his backpack. If you must know, Steel Reserve is a flavored beer that has an alcohol by volume rating of 8 percent.

Theft via phone -- A Buffalo Grove resident told police utilized Google to search for PayPal's contact information and chose what he believed was a legitimate website.  It wasn’t. The man reported that $7,500 was taken from his bank account.


Community News

 Vernon Township lists ballot, election info.

Vernon Township residents who have received a ballot by mail and do not want to return it through the U.S. Postal Service, can take advantage of the many postage-free drop boxes around the County.

On Election Day, Nov. 3, all drop boxes will be locked at 7 p.m.

 Early voting begins at William E. Peterson Park located at 16652 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. on

Oct. 18.

To see a complete list of ballot drop off locations with dates, hours, and addresses click here. To apply for an absentee ballot, please click here. Residents who need to register to vote, should click here.


Police Department lists honorees

Unable to present awards and honors in person at Village Board meetings due to restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the Buffalo Grove Police

Honorees include:

Officer of the Year: Sergeant Tony Montiel, Employee of the Second Quarter: Sergeant Robert Broussard, Special Commendation Award: Investigator Brian Hansen, Community Policing Award:  Officers Ashley Krozel, and Mike Martin.

Receiving Outstanding Achievement Awards were Officers Marc Rossi, Ashley Krozel, Matt Mills, Derek Hawkins, Jon Officer and Tony Moran.

Other award winners include: Life Saving Award, Officers Derek Hawkins, Kurt Lowenberg, Marc Rossi and Ryan Kass. Honorable Mentions honorees include Officers Ross Valstyn and Brian Tijerina.

Officer Mike Carlson was recognized for earning International Crash Reconstruction Certification.


ID theft topic of webinar

Officer Matthew Mills of the Buffalo Grove Police Department will present a webinar identity theft from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

It will examine the different types of identity theft, what you can do to prevent it and steps to take if you've been victimized.

Click here to join the Go to Meeting. The access code is 939-613-525. Click here to download the app if this is the first time you are using Go to Meeting.


Registration open for Library programs

            The Indiana Trails Public Library District is offering the following programs for young readers:

Space Race Virtual Escape Room

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4-5 pm

Live Zoom Program

Participants in grades 3-5 can join other children in a virtual team environment on their computer. Access our online escape room and test your skills at the Space Race.

Click here to register

Paperback Pals Book Club

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4-5 pm

Live Zoom Program

Readers in grades 2 and 3 can be part of a virtual book discussion of “Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door” by Andres Miedoso.

Participants should read the book and join the program for an online discussion on Oct. 13.

Click here to register.

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