Catalytic converters targeted / Wrong Person, Wrong Apartment / Budget Hearing set

Catalytic converter theft -- A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle parked on the driveway during the overnight hours in the 400 block of Checker Drive.

Police also received a call from a resident in the 1100 block of Cambridge Drive who reported that he witnessed subjects exit a parked vehicle and lift a vehicle parked on the driveway with a carjack. Reports says he suspected they stole the vehicle’s catalytic converter.  Officers checked the vehicle and found the catalytic converter still intact, and there was no observed damage.

Check fraud reported -- A resident in the 400 Block of English Oak Terrace reported putting a check in her mailbox. She told police that an unknown subject obtained and altered name of the payee and the check amount. The check was cashed, and the complainant is waiting for additional information from her bank.

Liquor theft -- The store management at the Walgreens 15 N. Buffalo Grove Road reported that someone left the store with several bottles of alcohol, valued at more $300, without paying for them.

Package contents missing -- A resident in 1100 Block of Sandhurst Drive reported he received a package delivered by the U.S. Postal Service which was missing contents valued at approximately $1,000. He was referred to the U.S. Postal Inspector.

Car vandalized – A contractor reported to police that someone slashed all four of their tires and keyed their car while they were working on a building in the 2400 Milbrook Drive.

Sorry, wrong apartment -- A resident in the 0-100 Block of Oak Creek Drive called 911 reporting that an unknown person was attempting to get in her apartment. Upon arrival, the resident met officer in the common area, and informed them that an unknown male subject was in her home. Officers made contact with the male, who believed he was in his girlfriend’s apartment. Reports say a neighbor confirmed that they did know the male subject. The male subject was charged with criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to residence.

Reports did not indicate how the man entered the apartment or how his mistook a stranger’s apartment for his girlfriend’s.

Sorry, wrong apartment, part deux -- A resident in the 1200 Block of Deerfield Parkway reported that he woke to up find an unknown person had entered his apartment through the rear patio door. The subject left upon seeing the complainant and apologized.  Officers were not able to locate the individual.

No credit due -- A customer became irate and began yelling profanities after his method of payment failed for the third time while at Noodles and Company, 1209 W. Dundee Road. The customer left before police arrival, and attempts to contact them were unsuccessful.

Special delivery? A store manager a Woodman’s reported that an unknown female entered the store and had a verbal altercation with a vendor making a delivery. Officers advised the female that she was no longer welcomed at the store.

Vandals hit Emmerich Park – Police Report the soap dispensers in the boys and girls bathrooms were ripped from the walls and shoved into the toilets.

Probably won’t be on the list of references – A person called police to report a hate crime after being terminated from a job. After speaking with officers, it was determined that the terminated employee’s complaint was better classified as unfair employment practices and he was provided with suggestions on who to contact for follow up.

Wallet stolen during shopping trip -- A woman contacted police reported her wallet was stolen out of her purse while she left it unattended in the shopping cart while shopping at the Jewel on McHenry Road.

Not off the hook yet – Police were contacted about an apparent miscommunication between a towing company and insurance company that resulted in a broken-down vehicle being held in a tow yard. The company is requesting the owner to pay an impound fee to get his car back.  The complainant will follow up with his insurance company. 

And the police are supposed to do what? A customer became upset with the management at a self-storage company because, he says, there are not enough moving carts available and the rent has increased.

Back off -- A driver reported that another driver was tailgating him. When he stopped at a red light, he reported that the other driver exited his car and hit the complainant’s car with a closed fist.  There was no damage to the complainant’s car, and the other driver was not contacted at the complainant’s request.

Hello, Cinderella, Dorothy -- A resident in the 300 Block of Rosewood Avenue reported finding a slipper on one of the steps to her front porch. According to reports it was “not a glass slipper.”  Reports did not say if it was ruby slipper, either. There’s no place like home.

Community news

Budget hearing set

A public hearing for the 2022 Buffalo Grove Budget will take place Monday, November 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall

A draft of the Budget is available for public inspection here and can also be accessed at Village Hall. For more information, email the Finance Department at or call (847) 459-2500. The meeting will also be streamed on Facebook.

Park District to honor veterans

The Buffalo Grove Park District will honor all veterans, their families and friends. On Thursday, Nov. 11. There will be a reception from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. followed by a program at 1:30 at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd.

VFW Post 981 will present and remove the colors, as well as pay tribute by presenting the flag for each branch of service. Lunch will be served before the program.

All ages are invited to this special celebration of our veterans. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at (847) 850.2146.

Marijuana dispensary opens

After nearly two years or delays, Buffalo Grove know has a dispensary for recreational marijuana.  The Sunnyside dispensary is located at 830 Milwaukee Ave.

Police host candy donation drive

Through a continuing partnership between the Buffalo Grove Police Department and GiveNKind, a nonprofit organization, is a logistics broker of usable goods that recovers goods from businesses, fulfillment centers, and distributors, as well as individual donors, and make those goods available at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofits. Residents can drop off any extra Halloween candy in the Police Department lobby through Friday, Nov.12. Donations will be distributed to nonprofits in Cook and Lake counties. 

Flag requests submitted

The organizations have submitted flag requests with the village to have a flag touting their cause flown at Ernie Karge Rotary Village Green in 2022. 

Board backs Town Center plan

The Village Board at its Nov. 1 meeting supported a “Memo of Understanding” for the redevelopment of the retail albatross known as Town Center. The plan calls for multi-family housing, retail stores anchored by a ‘nationally known’ grocery story, and public green space. 

Cops hold drug take back

The Buffalo Grove Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), collected more than 118 pounds of medication from area residents during the October 23 Drug Take Back event. All medications collected were turned over to the DEA for proper destruction.  

Hate crime books available

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is offering residents three new books entitled “How to Report a Hate Crime” that have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The books were developed in partnership with Esther Lim, who has previously prepared similar books for police departments in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Printed copies of the translated books are available at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Boulevard.

Digital copies of the books can be found at this website, and are available in the Albanian, simplified and traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The books define hate crimes, explain the importance of reporting them, and recommend ways to avoid them. Contact information is provided for resources in Cook and Lake counties, as well as statewide agencies.  

Cops collecting Toys for Tots

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is once again participating in the ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign, a charitable initiative started by the United States Marine Corps to benefit local children in need during the holiday season. 

The Police Department has served as a collection site for new and unwrapped toys for several decades.

Donation boxes are located in the lobby of the Police Department, 46 Raupp Boulevard, where residents can drop off new and unwrapped toys 24 hours per day, seven days a week through Monday, Dec. 6. Members of the Marine Corps will distribute the donations this holiday season. 

For more information, contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department at 847-459-2560 or visit 

Park District commissioners receive recognition

Buffalo Grove Park District Commissioners Scott Jacobson and Adriane Johnson received recognition at the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Best of the Best Awards Gala for the milestones in their years of service to the community.

Adriane Johnson, who is also State Senator in the 30th District, was recognized for her 10 years on the Park Board; and, Scott Jacobson, who is currently the Park Board President, was recognized for his 20 years of service. 

Symphonic band concert set

The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band will salute its 20th anniverdsay when it presents its first formal concert since 2019 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. Then concert will be at the Vernon Hills High School Performing Arts Center. For more information, click here. 

Summer camp guide available

The Park District’s summer camp offerings are now available at on Monday, November 8. Resident registration will open on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and nonresident on Monday, Dec. 13. 

Park District plans “Mixed Up Turkey Triathlon

The Buffalo Grove Park District is planning its annual Mixed Up Turkey Triathlon at the Fitness Center from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center, 601 W Deerfield Parkway. Participants will start with a 10-minute swim, followed by a 30-minute outdoor ride and a 20-minute outdoor run.

Participants should bring swim attire and goggles, run/bike attire, proper running shoes, a water bottle and a mask. Contestants will receive an event t-shirt. Advance registration is required by going to Entry fees are $30 for Fitness Club members and $40 nonmembers. For more information, contact Debra Saper at (847) 353-7512.

The outdoor ride and run events may be moved indoors in case of inclement weather. 

Student Voices

Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.

Buffalo Grove High School Charger

Stevenson High School Statesman

Wheeling High School WCAT News: WCAT News 

Planning ahead?

If you need a reason to celebrate, note the upcoming dates.

Nov. 10

Marine Corps Birthday, National Forget-Me-Not Day, National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Nov. 11

National Sundae Day, Veterans Day

Nov. 12

National French Dip Day, National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Nov. 14

National Seat Belt Day, National Family PJ Day, National Pickle Day, National Spicy Guacamole Day.

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