Retail thefts / Author Darznik to speak / Library offers museum passes

Retail thefts rock Woodman’s —Store officials at Woodman’s Market told police that a person placed various non-alcoholic beverages into her shopping cart and walked past the last point of purchase without paying for those items. The stolen items were recovered and were valued at $55.33. The shopper was issued a retail theft ordinance violation notice.

            In a second incident, store officials told police a 27-year-old Arlington Heights man is facing one felony count of retail theft after allegedly taking $721 worth of merchandise from Woodman’s. Reports say Cherman Tseboev was seen by store officials trying to bypass the check-out lines.

            In a third incident, police report that store officials spotted a customer with a sweet tooth who was trying to steal $167 worth of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. He was issued a citation for retail theft.

            A fourth incident was reported to police on Feb. 15 when 26-year-old Alan Kazbekovic Moraov of Wheeling and, Georgii Darchiev, 22, also of Wheeling allegedly swiped more than $600 worth of merchandise. According to reports, both men tried to bypass the checkout after filling a shopping cart. Reports say the men were observed on store video surveillance cameras entering a grey Mercedes-Benz before being apprehended by police, Both men were charged with retail theft.

            In a fifth incident, police nabbed a woman at Woodman’s after she reportedly tried making off with $240 worth of merchandise. She was charged with an adjudication charge of retail theft.

Theft From Coin Operated Machine – Police were summoned to the K-1 Speed, 301 Hastings Dr. on a report that $200 was stolen from a game card kiosk. It was not known how the kiosk was opened to access cash. There was no damage to the kiosk.

Criminal damage to property – Management of the Oak Creek Condominium development told police that a resident contacted them about damage to packages in the development’s foyer. After reviewing security camera footage, management found that a “heavyset woman” tried to pry open the mailroom door, but was unsuccessful She did, however, check packages left in the foyer, but did not take any.

Package swiped – A resident in the 0-20 block of Oak Creek Drive told police that an order from Amazon valued at $150 was taken from the mail room of his apartment complex.

Catalytic converters stolen – Two residents at Villa Verde reported that the catalytic converters were stolen from their vehicles. Both were reported stolen Feb. 2. The value of each was estimated at $800.

Unauthorized Control of Property of the Owner – Store officials at T-Mobile reported a man entered the store and requested an upgrade for two of his cellular telephones. The subject claimed to have a current T-Mobile account and presented an identification. An employee told police that the man was given two Apple iPhone 14s to look over while the upgrade process was being completed. Police say the man took both of the iPhones and ran out of me store after being informed one of his cellular numbers would be called by T-Mobile for verification.

Fireworks lead to dumpster fire – Police say eight people ignited fireworks that led to a dumpster fire behind Deerfield’s Bakery, 201 N. Buffalo Grove Road on Feb. 19. Reports say the eight arrived in three vehicles, tossed fireworks into the dumpster. One person tried to put the fire out with a water bottle. When that failed, the eight left. Buffalo Grove firefighters were called to extinguish the fire.

Possession of Controlled Substance -- Robert J Garcia-Martinez, 28, of Palatine, was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and four counts of possessing an Altered or Counterfeited identification Card, after a traffic stop for operating an electronic cellular device while driving.

Retail theft:-- Police were summoned to Walgreens at 15 N Buffalo Grove Rd. due to a report of retail theft. The store manager told police that he observed two Hispanic men enter the store and fill two bags full of unknown cosmetics valued at approximately $600. They were confronted by a store employee who said, "you guys can't do that, you need to leave." Both offenders continued to fill their bags and fled the store on foot northbound along the west side of the building.

Battery: Police responded to the parking lot of 1 W Dundee Rd. for a report of a battery. Police met with the victim who reported he was involved in a driving dispute. The driver of a Dodge Caravan followed the victim while he was driving his vehicle into the parking lot. The driver of the Dodge, later identified as David Dautel, 51, of Arlington Heights, punched the victim in the face due to the driving dispute and left the scene. Police contacted Dautel and arrested him for battery.

Criminal Damage -- Police were dispatched to a burglary in progress, later reclassified as a criminal damage to property at Refresh Spa, 1105 Weiland Rd. Police were told that someone broke into the store and two suspects were possibly still inside When officers arrived, they found two front windows to the store were shattered or cracked with a rock. In addition to the window, an electronic "massage" sign displayed in the window also appeared broken.

In Other Community News

Author Jasmin Darznik to speak 

Author Jasmin Darznik will cap the seventh annual “One Book, One Community” series, in collaboration with Cook Memorial, Indian Trails and Vernon Area public libraries.

Darznik will speak from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Stevenson High School’s West Auditorium, 1 Stevenson Drive in Lincolnshire,  about the inspiration behind her novel "The Bohemians". This historical fiction captures a glittering and gritty 1920s San Francisco through the lens of a young Dorothea Lange, just starting on her path to becoming part of San Francisco’s art scene and American photography history.

Her books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Book Bin of Northbrook. The event is free and open to all. Registration is required and can be done at the following links: In-Person registration or Online registration. 

Indoor Farmers Market Sunday

The Buffalo Grove Indoor Winter Market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Vernon Township Community Center, 2900 Main Street in Buffalo Grove.

 Vendors needed for Senior Expo

Local businesses looking to connect with area seniors can participate in the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 18. Vendor applications are available at For more information, contact Megan Baird at 847-850-2119.

Job Fair March 2

The Park District is hosting a job fair designed for students who may be looking for summer job. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard. Information about a variety of summer job opportunities with the Park District will be available. Staff will be there to answer questions and job applications can be filled out on site. For more information on all job opportunities, visit

New exhibit open at the Raupp Museum

Welcome home, Buffalo Grove: This new exhibit celebrates the stories of families who call Buffalo Grove home. From brand-new home buyers to long-time residents, you can learn why people moved here, where they came from, what they brought with them and how they have played a part in Buffalo Grove’s history.

Find more information here. 

“Joseph” being presented

Big Deal Productions is presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Feb. 24 and March 3 at 7:30 pm, Feb. 25 at 1 pm, and February 26 and March 4 at 3 pm at the Community Arts Center. Tickets are available for purchase at All tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door (plus a $1 convenience fee). For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132 or


Schakowsky gets key appointment

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9), a Chief Deputy Whip, has been named the Ranking Member on the Innovation, Data and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Museum Adventure Passes available at ITPLD

Residents can take advantage of their ITPLD library card and head to a museum. Cardholders can obtain a Museum Adventure Pass from the Youth Services Desk, which will grant them either free admission or a discounted price.

The passes cannot be reserved online or over the phone. Passes are only available in-person. Each pass is valid for one person or household (all ages) for a week and does not need to be returned to the library as passes expire after seven days.

Additional information is available at these links: Participating Museums and additional information.

 Need a reason to celebrate?


Feb. 20

Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

Hoodie Hoo Day

National Cherry Pie Day

National Comfy Day

Feb. 23

Curling Is Cool Day

National Dog Biscuit Day

National Toast Day

Tootsie Roll Day

Feb. 24

Friday Fish Fry Day

International Stand Up to Bullying Day

National Skip the Straw Day

National Tartar Sauce Day

National Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

International Sword Swallowers Day

Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day

Feb. 26

International Tongue Twister Contest Day

National Pistachio Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

Anosmia Awareness Day

International Polar Bear Day

National Kahlua Day

No Brainer Day

Feb. 28

Car Keys and Small Change Day

National Chocolate Souffle Day

National Public Sleeping Day

National Vegan Lipstick Day

March 1

Baby Sleep Day

National Dadgum That's Good Day

National Hotel Slipper Day

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

National Pig Day

March 2

International Rescue Cat Day

National Banana Cream Pie Day

National Old Stuff Day

National Read Across America Day


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