In this edition: Tobacco store burglary / Pride Drive / Cops going by the book

 Police Reports

Thieves hit tobacco store -- More than $500 in cash and merchandise was reported taken during a reported burglary at Smokey’s Discount Tobacco, 25 N. Buffalo Grove Rd.

Motorist flees – A motorist who was stopped by an officer for a traffic violation at Armstrong Drive and Horatio Boulevard fled as the officer approached the vehicle to speak with the driver. Police say the investigation is continuing.

Catalytic converted swiped – A resident in the 100 Block of Steeple Dr. reported to police that his catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in the building’s parking lot.

Damage to vehicle -- A resident in 200 Block of Thornapple Ct. told police that his vehicle was scratched on the passenger side, from the rear bumper to the front passenger door.  He also reported damage to both tires on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Computer tech scam – A person posing as a computer technician bilked a resident out of more than $200 after gaining access to the person’s computer. According to police reports, the resident said she allowed an unknown subject, whom she had believed to be a technician from a computer company, remote access to her computer for several minutes. She told police she paid the money after being told her she needed new antivirus software.

 Community News and Notes

Pride Drive Sunday

The Pinta Pride Project’s 2021 BG Pride Drive will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Cars will drive through neighborhoods decorated with pride decor, balloon art, music, rainbow treats and more. More information about the event can be found at this link.

In addition to the Pride Drive, the Park District is holding "Uniquely Us" at the Community Arts Center.


Village Board Meeting June 7

The Monday, June 7 Committee of the Whole meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall and be broadcasted via Facebook Live. Due to CDC and State guidelines, physical attendance is limited and safety measures, including social distancing, should be observed. Please note: comments on the livestream will not be monitored by Village staff and will not be read into the official record.

Residents can participate by submitting public comments to the Village Clerk at or by calling 847-459-2506 on the meeting day prior to 4:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here and the full packet at this link.

Library to branch out?

The Indian Trails Public Library District is mulling a possible expansion into Buffalo Grove. The Daily Herald reports that the District’s board heard a presentation about a possible facility in Buffalo Grove.  No site has been identified. The village is served by two libraries; Indian Trails, based at  355 Schoenbeck Road in Wheeling, and the Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road in Lincolnshire. Outside of drop boxes, neither library has a facility in Buffalo Grove.

Speaking of libraries…

Officers Ross Valstyn (left)  and Matt Mills with the
Police Depatment's Little Free Library

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is getting ready to throw the book at residents.

Sort of.

The Police Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Little Free Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

The event is open to the public and will take place outside the main entrance of the police station at 46 Raupp Boulevard.

“The department is committed to building positive, trusting relationships with the youth in our community, and we see the library as another way to reach that goal,” Police Chief Steven Casstevens said.

Young people are encouraged to visit the library and are welcome stop in the station and meet members of the department. In addition to providing reading materials for young community members, the books also offer a distraction for children who accompany their parents to the police station, in what can oftentimes be a stressful situation.

Community Relations Officer Matthew Mills brought the concept of the Little Free Library to the police department, and its creation was truly a team effort. The library was designed, constructed and painted by Officer Ross Valstyn. Officer Mills supplied the original donation of books. The Vernon Area Public Library District will contribute books to keep the library stocked.

 Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes reading, builds community and improves book access by fostering neighborhood book exchange boxes around the world. The organization received the 2020 World Literacy Award and has been recognized by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and others

for its dedication to expanding book access for all. To learn more, visit

Blood Drive Saturday at Alcott Center

The Buffalo Grove Health Commission and Vitalant are co-sponsoring a Community Blood Drive on Saturday (June 5) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove.

Individuals age 16 and up are eligible to donate; learn more about eligibility requirements here. Photo identification, appointments and face covers are required. Donors should eat well and stay hydrated before their appointment. To schedule a donation, call (877) 258-4825 or visit and use group code BG98.

Rotary hosts mobile food pantry

The Buffalo Grove Rotary Club is hosting a Mobile Food Pantry at Mike Rylko Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5.

Families in need are invited to come and receive a free box of food and other supplies, which were purchased by a generous Buffalo Grove resident - who wishes to remain anonymous. Individuals should enter the parking lot and stay in their vehicles as volunteer Rotarians load food and other supplies.



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