Ex-Girlfriend Issue, Rent Scam: Elmhurst Cops

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ELMHURST, IL – In the last few days, Elmhurst police handled cases involving an ex-girlfriend issue, a rental scam, retail theft, fugitive drivers, trespassing and catalytic converter thefts, among other incidents. Here is information from the latest Elmhurst police reports:

Ex-girlfriend issue

  • A resident in the 500 block of South Colfax Avenue told police last week that his ex-girlfriend had been using his debit card information since May. Police contacted the woman, who said the resident had given her permission to use the card. An investigation is pending.

Rental scam

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  • A resident in the 700 block of North Eastland Street told police last week that he found a rental listing on social media and began conversing with a person purporting to be the landlord through text messages. The resident sent a down payment to the purported landlord. The resident later discovered he had been scammed and reported the incident to his bank. An investigation is pending.

Damage

  • Four youths were seen on video surveillance removing a coach light in the parkway about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Cayuga Avenue. One of the teens was described as a white male, 14 to 17, and wearing a backward baseball hat, light-colored short-sleeve shirt (possibly gray), dark shorts and gym shoes.

Domestic disturbances

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  • Police responded to a domestic dispute about 8 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of South Monterey Avenue. Both parties agreed to separate for the night.
  • Police responded to a domestic disturbance about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of North Kenilworth Avenue. An investigation is pending.

Retail theft

  • A man entered Walgreens, 160 N. Robert Palmer Drive, and stole several bottles of alcohol about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12. He was described as black, 30 to 50 years old, and wearing a red Bulls hat, sunglasses, a blue mask, a black shirt with “Nike Air” written on the front, gray sweatpants and black flip flops.

Converter thefts

  • A catalytic converter was stolen about 5:30 a.m. Sept. 13 from a car in the used car lot at Autosavin, 730 N. York St. Surveillance video showed a small dark sedan pull into the parking lot.
  • A catalytic converter was stolen about 6 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of North York Street.

Fugitive drivers

  • The driver of a gray Jaguar was speeding about 4 a.m. Thursday near North and West. When an officer tried to pull over the car, the driver failed to stop and sped away, last seen heading east on North Avenue from York Street.
  • The driver of a white Acura MDX was speeding about 11 p.m. Friday near North and Myrtle. An officer tried to stop the car, but the driver fled north on Route 83. Police later discovered the car in question was stolen in Skokie.
  • After police were alerted about a car believed to be involved in a catalytic converter theft, an officer found it about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near York and Crestview. The driver sped away, last seen heading east on Interstate 290.
  • An officer tried to stop two motorbikes and a dirt bike about 8 a.m. Sunday at St. Charles and York. The riders sped away, last seen headed south on West Avenue.

Trespassing

  • Elmhurst Hospital, 155 E. Brush Hill Road, called police about a person who was discharged and refused to leave the property. The suspect became aggressive with hospital staff and was escorted out of the building. Charges are pending.

Pump and run

  • A man pumped gasoline and drove off without paying about 7 p.m. Thursday at Thornton’s, 476 N. York St. The man was described as white, having dark hair, and wearing a dark gray and blue long-sleeved shirt and light gray sweatpants.

Thefts

  • A white Land Rover stolen in Elgin was found about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of West Monroe Street. Elgin police were notified. The car was towed.
  • Several items were stolen from a truck that was transported from Louisiana to Elmhurst. The theft occurred between Aug. 11 and Sept. 9 at 677 N. Larch Ave.
  • A man told police that he saw two people steal items about 11 p.m. Friday at Thornton’s, 476 N. York St. An investigation is pending.

Car confusion

  • Police responded to a report of a car being stolen about 2 p.m. Saturday at 120 W. Park Ave. It turned out the car was repossessed by the titleholder.

Falls

  • A person fell on the sidewalk about 1 p.m. Friday near Third and Oak. The person was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.
  • Police and medics responded to a person calling for help about 7 p.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 100 block of West Third Street. The person had fallen and was found on the floor in the living room. The person was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Bicycle found

  • A black BCA children’s BMX-style bicyle was found about 3 p.m. Sept. 13 in the 400 block of North Alma Avenue. The bike was placed into evidence for safekeeping.

Vandalism

  • The women’s restroom was vandalized between 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13 and 8:20 a.m. Sept. 14 at Plunkett Park, 186 S. West Ave.

Identity theft

  • A resident in the 100 block of South Cottage Hill Avenue told police last week that he received an email that his Social Security account was going to be deactivated because of suspicious activity. The person convinced the resident to transfer money to have the issue resolved. An investigation is pending.
  • A resident in the 600 block of South Saylor Avenue told police Thursday that someone used the resident’s personal information to open a new checking account. The resident discovered a transfer was made through Zelle from the resident’s account.

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