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April 20, 2017

Notable Incidents

Theft From Motor Vehicle
Theft From Motor Vehicle on the 8900 block of Bronx Avenue, between 6:00 p.m. on April 8 and 10:30 p.m. on April 9.  Reported:  04/11/2017

Unknown person(s) by unknown means stole the front bumper and license plate from the victim’s car while it was parked on the street.

Burglary From Motor Vehicle
Burglary From Motor Vehicle at Walmart, 3626 Touhy Avenue, at 4:21 a.m. on April 14.  Reported: 04/14/2017

Unknown person(s) removed the victim’s purse from the front seat of her vehicle while it was parked and unlocked in the lot.

Burglary From Motor Vehicle on the 4900 block of Crain Avenue, between 7:30 p.m. on April13 and 8:30 a.m. on April 14.  Reported: 04/14/2017

Unknown person(s) broke the rear driver-side window to gain entry to the victim’s vehicle.  The vehicle was ransacked and a purse containing $2,300 in cash was taken.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 8000 block of Keeler Avenue, on March 3.  Reported: April 11, 2017

Unknown person(s) used the victim’s information to file a false tax return.

Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Property on the 9000 block of Bronx Avenue, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on April 13.  Reported: 04/13/2017

Unknown person(s) damaged the victim’s vehicle while it was parked in the rear parking area of the victim’s residence.

Criminal Defacement of Property
Criminal Defacement of Property on the 4800 block of Elm Street, at 8:42 a.m. on April 12.  Reported: 04/12/2017

Unknown person(s) using a white and pink marker or paint wrote unreadable letters on two dumpsters in the alley.

Theft
Theft on the 4800 block of Conrad Street, between 12:00 a.m. on April 3 and 10:00 a.m. on April 12.  Reported: 04/12/2017

Unknown person(s) stole two packages belonging to the victim from the mailbox common area of the apartment building.

Theft of Lost Property
Theft of Lost Property at Jewel, 9449 Skokie Boulevard, at 4:00 p.m. on April 13.  Reported 04/14/2017

Unknown person(s) took the victim’s purse from inside a cart while the victim was shopping.

Deceptive Practice
Deceptive Practice on the 9900 block of Lawler Avenue, between 12:00 p.m. on April 6 and 1:32 p.m. on April 12.  Reported:  04/12/2017

Unknown person(s) cashed three fraudulent checks from the victim’s account totaling $2,980.

Retail Theft
Retail Theft at CVS, 3434 Dempster between 9:39 p.m. and 9:44 p.m. on April 12.  Reported: 04/12/2017

An unknown female black subject, 30-40 years of age, wearing a black baseball cap, blue jacket, and black pants selected miscellaneous cosmetics and four six-packs of beer and left the store without paying for the items.  The subject was seen inside a dark-colored four-door sedan and was accompanied by an unknown male black subject, 40-50 years of age, wearing a blue shirt, blue puffy coat and blue jeans.

Motor Vehicle Theft
Motor Vehicle Theft at Walgreens, 3945 Dempster Street, between 1:23 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on April 13.  Reported: 04/13/2017

Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s vehicle after the victim left it running with the keys inside in the parking lot.

Burglary
Burglary at Toni’s Liquors, 4033 Old Orchard Road, at 3:34 a.m. on April 13.  Reported: 04/13/2017

Three male subjects used a brick to break the front window and enter the store, removing an unknown quantity of cigarettes and liquor.  The male subjects were described as all being 150-190 lbs., wearing black and gray hoodies with black and gray pants.

Arrests
Anstead, Ronald T., 52, 432 Maple Street, Joliet, was arrested for Retail Theft from Binny’s, 4830 Dempster St., on April 12.

Wallace, Mansfield L., 45, 1315 McDaniel Avenue, Unit B, Evanston, was arrested for Retail Theft from Walmart, 3626 Touhy Avenue, on April 13.

Juvenile, 17, Chicago, was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting a Peace Officer, Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 7100 block of Keating Avenue, Lincolnwood on April 15.


April 19, 2017

Notable Incidents

Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Property at Sherman Dodge, 7601 Skokie Boulevard, between 3:34 a.m. and 3:36 a.m. on April 7.  Reported: 04/07/2017

Unknown person(s), using a rock, damaged a window on a vehicle while it was parked in the lot.

Criminal Damage to Property on the 9000 block of East Prairie Avenue, between 4:00 p.m. on April 7 and 11:00 a.m. on April 9.  Reported: 04/09/2017

Unknown person(s) by unknown means damaged the victim’s vehicle while it was parked.

Criminal Damage to Property on the 8500 block of Niles Center Road, at 7:17 p.m. on April 9.  Reported: 04/09/2017

Unknown person(s) by unknown means damaged the victim’s living room window while the victim was inside the residence.

Criminal Damage to Property on the 4000 block of Golf Road, between 12:30 p.m. on April 8 and 6:00 a.m. on April 10.  Reported: 04/10/2017

Unknown person(s) by unknown means damaged the rear window of the victim’s residence.

Armed Robbery
Armed Robbery at 7-Eleven, 4834 Church Street, between 2:31 a.m. and 2:33 a.m. on April 8.  Reported: 04/08/17

Two unknown male black subjects, 18-22 years of age, wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black pants and black masks, driving a dark colored SUV and armed with a handgun took approximately $700 in cash.

Armed Robbery at 7-Eleven, 8357 Skokie Boulevard, between 2:44 a.m. and 2:50 a.m. on April 8.  Reported: 04/08/17

Two unknown male black subjects wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black pants and black masks, driving a dark colored SUV and armed with a handgun took an unknown amount of cash and cigarettes.

Burglary From Motor Vehicle
Burglary From Motor Vehicle on the 4800 block of Birchwood Avenue, between 11:00 p.m. on April 7 and 7:00 a.m. on April 8.  Reported:  04/08/2017.

Unknown person(s) gained entry to the victim’s unlocked vehicle, peeled the steering column, and took a drill driver and drill bit set from the trunk.

Burglary From Motor Vehicle on the 5000 block of Fargo Avenue, between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on April 8.  Reported:  04/08/2017

Unknown person(s) gained entry to the victim’s vehicle, ransacked the interior, and stole the victim’s garage door opener.

Burglary From Motor Vehicle on the 9500 block of Lamon Avenue, between 2:00 p.m. on April 8 and 8:30 a.m. on April 10.  Reported:  04/10/2017

Unknown person(s) gained entry to the victim’s vehicle and stole power tools and other miscellaneous tools.

Burglary From Motor Vehicle on the 9600 block of Skokie Boulevard, at 11:31 a.m. on April 10.  Reported:  04/10/2017

Unknown person(s) gained entry to the victim’s vehicle and stole two purses from the back seat.

Arrests
Torrez, Carlos P., 25, 4030 Harvard Terrace, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia on the 3200 block of Touhy Avenue, on April 7.

Rogers Jr., Anthony, 24, 4633 Madison Street, Unit 203, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis and Obstructing a Peace Officer on the 4600 block of Madison Avenue, on April 7.

Moran, Andrew A., 18, 4845 Conrad Street, Unit 3D, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia on the 4500 block of Golf Road, on April 8.

Mendez, Fernando, 50, 4619 N. Ashland Avenue, Unit 2, Chicago, was arrested for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol on the 7900 block of Lincoln Avenue, on April 10.

NOTICE:  Notable incidents are listed in the Public Safety Bulletin upon completion of the police report.  If the police report for a particular incident is incomplete or the incident is still under investigation, appearance in the Official Public Safety Bulletin may be delayed.


Distracted Driving Awareness Week - April 24-28, 2017

April 19, 2017

Skokie , IL – In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked the Governor of the State of Illinois to declare April 24th through 28th  as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week in an effort to bring attention to the dangers and consequences associated with driving distracted.  Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying April 24th through the 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.  

The ILACP, in  partnership with AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters from the private sector throughout Illinois, will work together during this week to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving.  This campaign will also include the enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
  • 10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.
  • Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.

It’s time to drop the double standard on distracted driving - the dangers are real.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

  • In analyzing 2009-2012 data, that even while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it completely unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to reading text messages while driving.
  • Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.
  • Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you. 

SafetyServe.com is offering a short Distracted Driving Online Course, at no cost, during Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week to those who visit the ILACP Traffic Safety Website, www.iddaw.org.

These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Skokie Police Department keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong. 

 


Good News Notes

  • A Saint Charles resident recently wrote Skokie Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli a letter to commend Officer Klamerus for the assistance he provided her with a flat tire.  She said that it was his day off but that he stopped to help her.  She said that she appreciates all that the men in blue do on and off work hours.  She called Officer Klamerus "a very honorable police officer."
     
  • A District 68 parent recently sent an email thanking the Skokie Police Department for their participation in a meeting regarding the safety of students on Gross Point Road.  She said that she is "grateful that my kids are a part of District 68 and the Community and that I can count on you to make their safety your top priority.  It means the world to me."
     
  • Sergeant Brian Cluever of the Carol Stream Police Department wrote Chief Scarpelli a letter, complimenting Officer Erwin for his presentation during a class entitled, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.  Sergeant Cluever said that Officer Erwin's expertise in the area of DUI and drug recognition was very apparent and that he didn an exceptional job instructing the group of officers in the class.
     
  • Sergeant Gramins recently received a verbal sentiment of thanks from a Skokie resident thanking Officer Orchard for his assistant with an elderly neighbor during a snow storm.  He said that Officer Orchard was patroling and he stopped to assist the elderly gentleman who was struggling with his car in the snow.  Officer Orchard stopped and helped him brush his car off.  

Crime Tip Hot Line Available 24/7

The Skokie Police Department has an automated Crime Tip Hot Line and invites the public to call 847/933-TIPS (8477) any time to report suspicious activity. Messages can be left anonymously, but it is helpful if those who call leave their contact information for Police follow up if necessary. Questions and concerns about public safety also can be emailed to info@skokie.org.


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