Cops investigate residential, business burglaries / Payment fees jump / Book sale set

Residential burglaries – Buffalo Grove police are investigating three recent residential burglaries. The first occurred on Dec. 23, in the 1900 block of Beverly Lane. The residents told police the home was apparently burglarized sometime between Dec. 21 and 23. Police confirmed forced entry was made to the house and personal items were taken.

A second burglary, this one in the 2500 block of Ferndale Court, occurred Dec. 30. The victim told police someone entered his garage and stole personal items.

The third reported burglary was reported Dec. 30 in the 2500 Waterbury Lane. The victims told police that someone used forced entry to enter the home between 3:30 and 7:55 p.m. Personal items were reported stolen. Police did not list what was stolen in all three burglaries.

Retail burglaries – Police are continuing their investigation into a burglary at Al and Al Liquors, 400 Dundee Road. Police reports say officers responded to a burglary alarm at which time they discovered forced entry to the front door of the business. Further investigation revealed several unknown subjects entered the store and stole liquor and tobacco products.

In a second incident, police say while on patrol, officers observed the storefront window of Smokey’s Discount Tobacco. Further investigation revealed an unknown subject entered the store and stole numerous tobacco items. This investigation is ongoing.

Possession of controlled substance – Police responded to the 100 block of Buffalo Grove Rd. on Dec. 30 for a report of suspicious vehicles. Police met with a subject, identified as Dmytro Shymko, 20, of Vernon Hills, who was seated in a 2017 Infiniti. Police report that further investigation revealed that Shymko was in possession of controlled substances, described as hallucinogens. Shymko was charged with one class four felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Motor vehicle burglary – A resident came to the police department to report her purse and wallet were stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the 100 block of north McHenry Road. The items were taken from the front passenger seat.

Theft from building – A resident at 5 Villa Verde, told police she received an email from FedEx that her package containing a protein powder valued at $97 was delivered to the entrance of her apartment building. However, when she went to retrieve the package, it was not there.

Ranch dressing, pickles and tomatoes damaged – Police were summoned to Woodman’s Market after store personnel alerted them to two people, described as “a younger white male white and a white female entered the store. While they were in the store, they took a bottle of ranch dressing and smeared it on a shelf. They then picked up a pickle jar and smashed it on the ground. After that, they took two tomatoes and stomped on them. The estimated total value of the items taken is approximately $5-$6. The couple left in what police describe as a “darker Honda Civic”. The salad bar was not damaged.

Retail theft up in smoke? – It appears that three women are bent on giving up smoking. Reports say police were summoned to the Walgreens at 1225 W. Dundee Rd., on Dec. 28, after store personnel observed “three heavy-set black females” taking three bags worth of Nicorette from store shelves without paying for them. An employee told police she saw the females putting the boxes of Nicorette into their bags and heard one of them say they were not going to pay before walking out of the store with the items. She told police the three left in a red Honda Civic. The value of the loss was $1,507.93.

Motor vehicle theft – A resident in the 100 block of Buckingham lane, contacted police that her Volkswagen was taken from the driveway of her home in the early morning hours of Dec. 30. The vehicle was later recovered in Waukegan and towed back to Buffalo Grove.

Cops whip into action – Officers responded to the Walgreens at 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. on Jan. 1, in response to a retail theft. Items reported taken included bottles of Reddi Whip and other merchandise. The store manager showed officers the video footage of the theft, which showed two individuals exiting a silver BMW sedan with only a partial license plate as the first two letters of the plate had duct tape put over them.

According to reports, “the footage shows a white female (with black hair, wearing a white puffer jacket with a fur hood, black pants, black boots, with a black purse) and a white male (wearing a light gray sweatshirt, black pants, and black shoes) entering the store at approximately 0022 hours. The two individuals placed whipped cream bottles and other unknown merchandise into the female's bag.”

The two left the store at approximately 12:28 a.m. and drove southbound on Buffalo Grove Road Estimated value of the items taken was $56.85. If you’re scoring at home, note that this theft occurred 28 minutes into the new year, which means this couple either had a miserable New Year’s Eve, or had a craving for either hot chocolate or Irish coffee.


Community News and Notes

By Joe, it’s “Coffee With the Chief”

           Residents had their first chance to have coffee with new Police Chief, Brian Budds, Dec. 29. The first of what Budds hopes will be quarterly events, was held at the Continental Restaurant.  In addition to promised pastries and coffee, Continental owner Pete Panayiotou provided a complimentary buffet.

            In an unrelated gesture, Panayiotou also provided meals to all shifts at the Police Department on Christmas Day.

Golf dome open for walkers

Residents interested in walking during inclement weather can walk inside the Park District’s walking hours inside the Golf Dome, 801 N. McHenry Rd. Walking hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. There is no charge. Hours are underwritten by Culver's of Buffalo Grove.

Christmas tree collections

Residents can place two Christmas trees at the curb for free collection on their waste pickup day through Jan. 13.

Guidelines for collection are:

*        All decorations, stands, etc. must be removed.

*        Must be free of snow/ice for curbside disposal.

*        Do not place trees in plastic bags.

*        Must be placed on the parkway.

*        Must be under six feet in length.

Payment processing vendor to increase fees

Residents who pay village utility (water and sewer) bill on the village website using the “Make a One Time Payment” option or in person at Village Hall with a debit or credit card, will pay more. According to village, the vendor used to process these types of utility bill payments is increasing its convenience fees from $1.80 per transaction to $3.50 per transaction, beginning Jan. 1. To avoid this fee increase, residents can use one of the other payment options available to you:

*        EZ-Pay (automatic draft) - No transaction fee

*        Online payment via user profile (utility account) - $2 fee per transaction

*        Electronic payment directly from your bank - No transaction fee

*        Check payment (in-person, by mail or Village Hall drop box) - No transaction fee

*        Learn more about this change here.

Traffic enforcement results announced

Buffalo Grove police issued 22 citations during the recent “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign from Dec. 16, 2022 through Jan. 2, 2023.

The enforcement campaign focuses not only on impaired driving, but also other traffic safety violations.

This year’s holiday crackdown resulted in 15 seat belt violations, one speeding, two distracted driving and four other traffic citations during the focused traffic campaign.

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by NHTSA.

Volunteers wanted

Interested in helping envision the future of both current and prospective community events in Buffalo Grove? You can help in the planning and execution of the 2023 BG Days and/or support the growing potential for more community events throughout the year by serving the new Community Events Committee. The application can be found here.

Used book sale set

The Indian Trails Public Library District will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Rd. in Wheeling.

Gently used books and media will be available in in the Lake Cook Room. The used book sale is hosted by the Foundation for the Indian Trails Library and all proceeds benefit the library.

Book sales are also scheduled for

*        Saturday, April 29

*        Saturday, July 8

*        Saturday, Oct. 14

Library kicks off 20 for 2023

The Indian Trails Public Library District has launched its 2023 reading challenge. Participants need to read 20 books from now through Dec. 31. Participants can read whatever books they like, or follow the Library’s suggested categories. Receive raffle tickets as you go for chances to win a grand prize.

Interested readers can register online or at the Adult Services desk, (847) 459-4100, ext. 3. Readers can also register and track their progress on Beanstack. Paper logs are also available at the Adult Services Desk.

Illinois libraries present Inciting Joy with Ross Gay

The Indian Trails Public Library District is hosting a conversation about joy with best-selling essayist and award-winning poet Ross Gay at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11. Information and registration is available here.

Outdoor ice rink available

Weather permitting, ice salting is available at Willow Stream Park ice skating rink. For updated information on when the rink is open or closed, go to

Summer 2023 camp guide now online

Information about Park District summer camps is now available online at this site. Registration is open to all. For more information, visit or call (847) 850-2100.

Movie music topic of program

JCC Chicago will present “Movie Music Memories 2” at noon on Thursday, Jan. 19 as part of its CJE Senior Life Community Days series. The program, featuring John LeGear, is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Vernon Township Community Services Building, 2900 N. Main Street. The program includes a complimentary lunch.

LeGear produces and presents multi-media American history and film history shows at public libraries in Chicagoland and at community colleges throughout Illinois.

Registration is required and is available at this link.

Need a reason to celebrate?

Jan. 7

Harlem Globetrotter’s Day – Sweet Georgia Brown

I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

National Bobblehead Day

National Pass Gas DayThis is real


Jan. 8

National Bubble Bath Day

National Man Watcher's Day

National Snuggle a Chicken DayHope for foul weather

Jan. 9

Balloon Ascension Day

National Apricot Day

National Clean Your Desk Day

National Law Enforcement Appreciation DayJust one day?

No Pants Subway Ride Day

Jan. 10

National Houseplant Appreciation Day

National Shop For Travel Day

Peculiar People Day


Jan. 11

Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health DayThey need a day for this?

International Thank-You Day

Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day – Essential skill.

National Girl Hug Boy Day

National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day – Seriously?

No Longer New Year's Day – This is breaking news?


Jan. 12

Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day

National Kettlebell Day – Takes a weight off your shoulders.


Jan. 13

Make Your Dream Come True Day

National Blame Someone Else Day

National Rubber Ducky Day – Thanks, Ernie!


Jan. 14

Feast of the Ass Day – Celebrate at the Donkey Inn?

National Dress Up Your Pet Day – Hello, PETA?

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Organize Your Home Day

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day



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