Car crime / Cross-connection survey / Fee hike ahead?


Vehicle break-ins -- Buffalo Grove police are investigating a recent rash of break-ins for motor vehicles. Reports say a resident in the 400 block of Navajo Trail found the driver door to his truck open and items scattered across the front seats. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. A similar incident was reported in the 90 block of Glendale where, police say, a resident said two vehicles were entered. The vehicle owner told police doors on both vehicles were ajar and the interiors had been ransacked.

Police also report a third incident, this one in the 50 block of Crestview Lane, where four vehicles were broken into and each vehicle's center console had been removed and placed on the seats. Meanwhile, police say a fourth incident was reported in the 10 block of Crestview Lane where, like the other incidents, the contents of his vehicle's center console were removed and placed on the seat of the vehicle.

A fifth incident was reported in the 400 Lauren Lane where an officer observed a vehicle’s rear driver-side door open. Police reports say items found in the vehicle were held by police until the vehicle’s owner could be notified.

Residential Burglary – Police report that an apartment in the 900 block of Thorton was broken into. Reports say the resident told police that entry into the apartment was apparently caused by someone forcing open a sliding glass door. The resident told police that “several of his valuable items” were stolen.: Police did not say what was allegedly taken or the value of the items.

Laundry looted -- A resident in the 70 block of south Buffalo Grove Road told police that the clothes he had in the dryer in his building’s laundry were taken.

Retail thefts – Woodman’s – Police were summoned twice to Woodman’s Market for reported thefts. In the first case, store officials said they observed a male and a female shopping in the store. The two were seen putting various items in the shopping cart.  Reports say the  female then pushed the shopping cart with the unpaid merchandise out of the main east door.

The two are seen loading the merchandise into a sedan. were cited with an adjudication ticket for retail theft, and both were issued trespass warnings.

In the second incident, store officials told police they observed a male wearing a blue shirt, jean shorts, and a blue hat take various items from the store and place them in two green produce bags. The male is then seen walking out the east main doors with the unpaid items.

Car rams store – The Daily Herald reports that the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was not injured after the vehicle rammed the 7-Eleven in Creekside Commons, 1165 Weiland Road, on Sunday afternoon. Police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident.


In Other Community News

Cross-connection survey sent

            Residents and businesses who are village water customers are being surveyed for cross connection control. According to village officials, “all community water supplies must have a Cross Connection Control Program under Title 35 (Environmental Protection) in Illinois. The program must conduct a cross-connection control survey at least every three years”.

            The purpose is, officials say, “To help identify the potential for cross connections to have been made, knowingly or unknowingly. We encourage responses which help us maintain an inventory and assist in corrective action if needed. This program is about protecting the public water supply.”

Cool music for a hot night

            The Park District’s Tuesday night summer concert series starts tomorrow, Tuesday, June 18, with a performance by the rock band LP Vinyl. The concert will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Willow Stream Park, 65 Old Checker Rd. Food will be available from Mario’s Cart.

            Concerts are held every Tuesday through Aug. 6 with a different food vendor each week.’

            A special performance by the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 4. This concert will be followed by a fireworks display.

            A complete schedule of concerts and food vendors is available here.

Facility fee hike pondered

            The Daily Herald reports that the fixed facility fee instituted in 2020 as part of a strategy to pay for $150 million in needed water and sewer infrastructure improvements may be bumped up by 10%.

The strategy, notes the Herald, also included a water rate increase and a new local motor fuel tax. The village discussed the possibility of the hike at its Committee of the Whole meeting June 3.

No decision has been made. Looking for details? Go to this link.

Flag Day ceremony

 Nearly 75 people attended the Park District’s Flag Day ceremony on June 14. The event was at Veterans Park on Weiland Road and featured a presentation of the colors by the Buffalo Grove Police Department color guard, raising the flags of each branch of the military and presentations.

Jazz concerts set

            The Buffalo Grove Jazz Band has two concerts scheduled. The first is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. The second is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. Both free concerts will be at Willow Stream Park, 65 Old Checker Rd. Additional information is at this link.

Deputy Chief an FBI grad

            Deputy Police Chief Brian Spolar, was among 200 law enforcement executives who graduated from the 290th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

            The FBI National Academy is a 10-week professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program—which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science—serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide.

Spolar began his career with the Buffalo Grove Police Department in 1996. He was named Deputy Chief in February 2023.

Holiday ahead means more enforcement

            With the July Fourth holiday coming up, the Buffalo Grove Police Department is gearing up for increased traffic enforcement.

From June 21 through July 8, officers will be watching for impaired drivers as well as unbuckled motorists.

This traffic safety campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds. You’ve been warned.

Lake water to flow

Lake County Board Member Marah Altenberg (Dist. 19) reports that “Lake Michigan water is on its way to the Pekara and Horatio Gardens neighborhoods in south central Lake County. At its latest meeting, the County Board approved a contract that gives Lake County Public Works the green light to begin construction this summer on a connection that will bring Lake Michigan water to these areas.”

In a recent newsletter, Altenberg noted that “the Pekara Water System, comprising the Pekara and Horatio Gardens neighborhoods, currently utilizes groundwater wells. These wells are aging, not sustainable long-term and costly to upgrade.” Additional information can be found in this report in the Daily Herald.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?

June 17, 2024

Global Garbage Man Day

National Apple Strudel Day

Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 18

Clean Your Aquarium Day

International Sushi Day

National Cherry Tart Day

June 19

National Garfield the Cat Day

National Martini Day

National Watch Day

June 20

National Hike with a Geek Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Ugliest Dog Day

June 21

Go Skateboarding Day

National Cookie Dough Day

National Smoothie Day

June 22

National Chocolate Eclair Day

National Kissing Day

National Limoncello Day

June 23

National Porridge Day

National Typewriter Day

Pink Flamingo Day

June 24

International Fairy Day

National Pralines Day

Swim a Lap Day

June 25

Global Beatles Day

Goats Cheese Day

National Strawberry Parfait Day

June 26

Forgiveness Day

National Canoe Day

National Chocolate Pudding Day



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