Thefts surge / 'Weight' and see / Jazz band to perform

 Buffalo Grove police reported a recent rash of thefts from both businesses and residences, including the following:

Groceries taken – An employee at Woodman’s market contacted police to report three separate retail thefts by the same offender. According to a report, a male was observed walking out the store with approximately $25.39 worth of unpaid merchandise in June. Seemingly undaunted, he returned three weeks later where he reportedly was spotted walking out of the store with $47.91 worth of unpaid merchandise. But wait, there’s more. Possibly guessing that three’s the charm, police say the guy returned the next day. Store officials, to no surprise, recognized him and observed him leaving with $26.22 worth of unpaid merchandise. exited the store and entered the same vehicle he was spotted getting into the previous two times. This time, however, he was apprehended. Police say the total amount of goods swiped during his three visits was $99.52. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the man was charged with three village ordinance violations for retail theft along with trespass warning.

            In addition to three-time Freddy, Woodman’s also reported that store officials observed two subjects shopping in the store. They reportedly placed various items into a shopping cart and proceeded to a register where they were observed scanning and paying for only a few food items from the cart and walking past the final point of purchase without paying for the remainder of the merchandise. They reportedly loaded the merchandise into a vehicle, and exited the premises. The value of the loss was not reported.

Liquor swiped – Police were summoned to Walgreen’s, 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. after store employees reported a theft from the store’s liquor department. Reports say a subject walked to the alcohol section of the store, and placed an unreported amount of alcohol inside a green bag. He then walked towards the front of the store and past the last point of sale. The value of the loss was not reported.

Clothing stolen – In a second incident, police say two unknown female subjects who appeared to be shopping, were walking through the Discovery Clothing store at 1309 W. Dundee Rd. Both women walked out of the store empty handed and went to their vehicle for approximately five minutes before returning inside the store. One of the women reportedly left the store in a hurry with keys in her hand. She then, police say, pulled her vehicle in front of the store. The second subject rushed out of the store, got into the passenger side of the vehicle and fled in an unknown direction at approximately. A description of what was taken and the value was not reported.

Package thefts – A resident in the 100 block of Old Barn told them that FedEx delivered a package to his house containing and that an unknown male subject wearing a maroon sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white slippers took the box and left on foot southbound on Hidden Lake Drive. In a second incident, a resident on Oak Creek Drive said a package that was left for her in the vestibule was missing. No value or contents were reported.

Attempted theft of a what? Officials at a car dealership in the 900 block of west Dundee Road reported that someone attempted to steal the company's golf cart. Police say the ignition appeared to be pulled out from the front console of the cart.

Multiple charges in DUI -- A 24-year-old man from Lexington, Ky. is facing several charges stemming from a stop for suspected DUI. According to reports, officers observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Dundee Rd. at 60 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone. The ensuing investigation resulted in the driver being charged with speeding and driving under the influence of cannabis. He was also served with a notice to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a weapon, described as a machete.

Criminal damage – Police reported two complaints of criminal damage to property. A resident in the 600 block of Raupp Boulevard reported the rear window of his vehicle was shattered while it was parked in his driveway. In the second incident, a resident in the 200 block of Rosewood Avenue said someone had damaged his flowers, which were located near his garage. Three plants were dug out of the ground, and laundry detergent was poured on several other flowers in the nearby flower pots.

On the traffic beat – Buffalo Grove police reported two additional charges of DUI and one citation issued for driving without a license.


In Other Community News


Truck weight enforcement, water filling on tap

The Combined Area Fire Training facility on Krause Road will add two more functions. In addition to being a regional fire training center, it may soon serve as a truck weight enforcement center and water filling station. The budgeted cost of the project is just over $1.1 million, village officials said.

According to reporting in the Daily Herald, the Buffalo Grove Planning and Zoning Commission gave the nod to the plan. The Village Board is expected to vote on it at its meeting Monday, July 15.

Sewers take up smoking

Sewer smoke testing is set to begin in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove. According to village officials, these routine inspections of sewers are necessary to ensure they continue operating properly, and to identify any potential issues such as leaks.

Test smoke is non-toxic, harmless and creates no fire hazard. Smoke should not enter your home or business unless you have defective plumbing or dry drain traps. Additional information can be found here..

Jazz band concert July 11

The Buffalo Grove Jazz Band is presenting a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd. The band will perform a variety of swing, bebop and modern jazz including music by John Coltrane, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra. Additional information can be found here.

Cops to target speeders in July

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is participating with 200 local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois to step up enforcement efforts to reduce speeding during July.

Motorists can expect to see increased patrols watching for speeding and other traffic violations.

During the speeding enforcement blitz, officers will intensify enforcement of posted speed limits.

“Offenders will be stopped and ticketed – especially on Arlington Heights Road, Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove Road and Lake Cook Road where most of our speed-related crashes occur,” said Commander Tara Anderson.

The speed enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT.

Rylko amphitheater dedication set

            The new amphitheater at Mike Rylko Park is scheduled to be dedicated on Aug. 29. Park District officials say work at the park is running on schedule and should be ready for Buffalo Grove Days as planned.

            Buffalo Grove Days are scheduled Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 at Rylko Park, located at 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road.

Gardens towering over school

School District 21 has installed three aeroponic Tower Gardens along the eastern wall of the cafeteria, serving as part of a pilot project between Community Consolidated School District 21 and food service management provider OrganicLife.

Each tower is made from UV-stabilized, BPA-free, food-grade plastic and employs aeroponics, which is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. Each structure can also hold up to 32 plants, but are customizable to add more pods.

Once the school year begins, the aim will be to have the students help maintain the towers and aid in the harvest.

The eventual goal would be to expand these gardens to the two remaining middle schools – Holmes and Cooper – and potentially down the line add them to each elementary school.

Family movie set at Willow Stream Park

“Trolls Band Together” is the featured movie at the Park District’s Movies Under the Stars set for Friday, July 12 at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd.

The free event begins at dusk and features a 40-foot screen and surround sound. Concessions will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring a picnic of their own.

The rain date for the event is July 18. For weather-related updates on the day of the movie, use the Rainout Line app, or call 847-235-6857.

Summer play performances set

Tickets are now on sale for Big Deal Productions presentation of “Something Rotten,” at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on July 26, 27 and Aug. 2 and at 3 p.m. on July 28, Aug. 3 and 4.

Tickets for this production, rated PG-13, are $21 and can be purchased at this site. For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?


July 8

Be a Kid Again Day

International Town Criers Day

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 9

National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day

National Sugar Cookie Day

Fashion Day

July 10

Don't Step On A Bee Day

National Kitten Day

National Piña Colada Day

July 11

Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Free Slurpee Day

National Mojito Day

July 12

Etch A Sketch Day

National Eat Your Jello Day

National French Fry Day

July 13

International Skinny Dip Day

National Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day

July 14

National Be Nice to Bugs Day

National Grand Marnier Day

National Mac and Cheese Day

July 15

Global Hug Your Kids Day

National Get Out of the Dog House Day

National Gummi Worm Day 


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