$13,000 tool heist / Bike path study set / Park czar retiring
Tools and other equipment totaling more than $13,000 were reported missing from Schulte Precision Manufacturing, 1250 E. Busch Parkway. Reports say staff reported an unknown man in the receiving dock area on Aug. 18. According to police, the man took equipment and placed it in a black Ford F-150.
Lithium-Ion batteries stolen -- Police report that a man allegedly stole more than $700 in lithium batteries from the Mutual Ace Hardware store, 745 S. Buffalo Grove Road. Reports say staff at the store noticed a man with an army-style gray backpack who grabbed three Lithium-Ion batteries, each valued at $23.99, and walked out the back door without paying. The total loss is $719.97.
A lot of margaritas – Management at Woodman’s Market reported that a customer, described as a male black, allegedly stole 12 bottles of alcohol from the liquor department. Reports say the man was observed loading a shopping cart with 12 bottles of alcohol and placing them in a black garbage bag in the middle of the shopping cart. Reported missing were two bottles of Belvedere vodka ($49.99 each), four bottles of Avion Silver Tequila (38.99 each) four bottles of Adictivo Anejo ($36.94 each), and two bottles of Avion Reposado ($39.99 each) totaling $563.68.
Package theft -- A resident on Dogwood Terrace reported to police that a computer monitor that was delivered to their home was apparently stolen. The resident said UPS indicated delivery the unit had been delivered.
Retail theft -- The manager of Rogan's Shoe store, 1300 W. Dundee Rd. contacted police following an apparent theft. Reports say the manager found a ripped-off price tag and an old pair of flip-flops stuffed in between shelves. The missing was the exact make and model of the old flip-flops left behind, valued at $35. Surveillance video from the store's vestibule shows an older female white wearing a gray shirt with black yoga pants, a brown leather purse, and black flip-flops. Footage revealed that the woman grabbed a pair of black flip-flops and walked in between isles. The camera captured the suspect fidgeting around as if she was trying on the flip-flops. She is then seen placing black flip-flops behind some items on a shelf in the aisle she was in. The woman was observed walking around a little more, before leaving the store without purchasing anything, wearing the black flip-flops.
Vandals hit school – Vandalism was discovered at Prairie School, 1530 Brandywyn Ln. on Aug. 17. Reports say that an unknown person(s) graffitied the playground equipment.
Bogus solicitor – A resident on Caren Drive contacted police about a solicitor who had recently been to his home. The resident said he felt it was suspicious because the man, described as a white male wearing a blue shirt, dark pants, a baseball cap, and a tool belt, came to his door stating he was "finishing up his appointment" at a nearby home, but never mentioned what company he was from and began saying he worked in pest control. Police say nearby residents experienced a similar incident.
Fraudulent billing – A resident told police he spoke with an unknown male offender who impersonated a ComEd employee. The resident was told he owed $300 in the past due charges and was advised his electric service would be disconnected if not paid immediately The man reportedly followed directions and transferred $300 to a Zelle account. Once the transaction was completed, he was told by the unknown offender that he was scammed.
In Other Community News
Music, entertainment on tap at BG Days
Plans are being finalized for the 2022 Buffalo Grove Days festival scheduled from Sept.1 through Sept. 5 at Mike Rylko Park.
Complete details including music and entertainment schedule, carnival (save on advanced carnival tickets through Aug. 31 here), activities and events, the Rotary Club's duck race fundraiser, parking, shuttles and more are at this link.
Bike path study gets Board OK
The Village Board has approved $39.000 for a review of the conditions of the village's 23.8 miles of bike paths and development of a “connectivity study”.
Vernon Hills-based Gewalt Hamilton Associates will embark on the study that is scheduled to be completed in February of 2023.
According to staff memos, “the study will help assess the overall condition of all existing bike paths within the Village as well as assess opportunities for connections to our network Village wide.” Public Works officials also indicated to the Board that bike path conditions will be logged into the Public Works asset management software, where a long-term capital improvement program can be generated.
Overnight parking ban gets holiday break
Buffalo Grove Police will not enforce overnight parking restrictions during the Labor Day holiday weekend, which runs from Sept. 2 through Sept. 5. Parking restrictions will go back into effect at 2 a.m. on Sept. 6.
All other parking restrictions will remain in place, including areas specifically marked "No Parking” during Buffalo Grove Days. In addition, the restriction of parking across from another parked vehicle on a street will remain in place - this regulation prevents the width of the roadway from being reduced to less than 18 feet, the width needed for emergency vehicles to have clear and unobstructed access to neighborhoods.
Work on “The Clove” begins
Preliminary work has started on “The Clove,” the redevelopment project of the beleaguered Town Center. During the initial phases the Fire Department will be conducting training drills at the construction site through Spt. 10. Drills will include theatrical smoke but no real fire or hazards. Learn more here.
Park czar retiring
Ryan Risinger, who has headed up the Buffalo Grove Park District since 2014 has announced he is retiring in May. According to the Journal & Topics, he joined the Park District as an intern in 1992. He became executive director in November 2014.
Another season, another challenge
The Summer Library Adventure at the Indian Trails Public Library may be over, but the incentive to read continues. The Library is challenging patrons to read 20 books in 2022, and get a completion prize and raffle tickets for a grand prize.
Members have until Dec. 31 to complete this challenge for high school and adult readers. Registration can be done through Beanstack or at the Adult Services desk, (847) 459.4100, ext. 3.
A lot of donuts
The Buffalo Grove Police Department raised more than $3,000 for Special Olympics Illinois during the annual “Cop on a Rooftop” on Friday, Aug. 19. The effort was a partnership with Dunkin' at two of its Buffalo Grove stores.
Updates could impact 9-1-1 calls
The State of Illinois and AT&T are converting 9-1-1 from older copper telephone line to the Next Generation, fiber/IP-based network.
Village officials noted that while extensive testing has taken place over the last several weeks, this is a significant and complex change. Residents encountering any issues when dialing 9-1-1, should call (847) 590-3472 for police, fire or medical response. These are temporary numbers and once the transition is complete, these numbers should not be used.
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