View Other Items in this Archive | View All Archives | Printable Version


 THE BUFFALO GROVE POLICE BLOTTER – 10/31/14

This complimentary message is being sent to opt-in subscribers who might be interested in its content. If you do not wish to continue receiving these messages, please accept our apologies, and unsubscribe by going to www.vbg.org/police and click on e news sign up.

* * * * * * *
The Police Blotter is not intended as a complete list of all calls the police department responded to. Any incident under investigation is not published while the investigation is underway. No juvenile reports are ever published. Domestics and personal matters are not published if public safety is not threatened.

The following incidents, crimes and arrests are from official police reports. Readers are reminded that these reports are the result of on view situations or as related to the officer by a complainant.
Guilt of any party is the sole jurisdiction of the courts.


  
CRIMES AND INCIDENTS

Fraud
Occurred at 10:45 on 10/30
400 block of White Pine
Complainant advised that she received a telephone call from a subject claiming to be with the IRS. The complainant realized this was a scam and did not provide any information.



ARRESTS

MARTINEZ-NAJERA, Elidio NMI (56)
Resides in the 300 block of Wayne in Wheeling
Suspended DL and Failure to Yield Turning Left
Occurred at 13:25 on 10/23



 
Buffalo Grove Police Department
COMMUNITY ALERT HOME INVASION

On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at about 4:00 a.m., a HOME INVASION occurred in the 1105 building on Miller Drive at the Mill Creek Condominiums. The victim/witness reported that she woke up to find an unidentified male subject in her bedroom. The victim/witness was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect fled the condominium through the patio window.

The suspect is described as male/White, 30-40 years of age, 5’9”, average build, brown short receding hair. Wearing a red plaid shirt, unknown pants and no shoes.

Personal Safety Tips for Multi-Housing Communities

Make sure all your door and window locks work properly.
Doors should be locked at all times. Even when you are expecting someone or going out for a few minutes.
Keep all windows and doors including patio doors locked overnight and when no one is home. Use the air conditioner fan to bring fresh air into your home.
Don’t “Buzz” anyone into the building that you don’t know.
Use the peephole before opening your front door.
Chain locks are unreliable. Install deadbolt locks and use them.
Organize the residents of your community to be alert and aware of activities within the complex.
Report suspicious activities and persons to the police by calling 9-1-1.
Do not let strangers into your home.
When in doubt call 9-1-1.


If you have any information in reference to the above incident, please contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Investigation Division at
847-459-2560





--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



BUFFALO GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIME PREVENTION UNIT

Every year around this time the area seems to be infiltrated with home improvement and landscape contractors. There are many legitimate companies out there, but there are always companies or individuals who are just trying to take advantage of people.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is warning residents to be on guard against “ruse” burglaries and other suspicious situations which may make your car or home an easy target. A Ruse Burglary is a crime in which someone distracts the homeowner while a second person enters the home and looks for things to steal. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglars and often target senior citizens.


Avoiding Ruse Burglaries
• Never let a door-to-door sales or repair person inspect any part of your property. Ask for identification and phone their office to verify who they are.
• Don’t walk outside your home to have a solicitor “point out” repairs on you house. This is when an accomplice will enter your home to steal.
• Never let persons inside your home – even with you present.
• Ruse burglars will often claim that they are already doing work for a neighbor and will give you a good deal.
• Often scammers will do their homework and will know your name or your neighbor’s names to try to get you to convince you that they are legitimate.
• Don’t fall for fake referrals.


Please remember that solicitors are required to have a permit issued by the Village of Buffalo Grove. Do not open your door and allow anyone into
your home that you did not call or invite. Always verify who they are or call 911, so that an Officer can respond and check on the individual.

There has also been a recent flood of phone scams in our area and throughout the country. A common one that occurs around tax season is a subject will call and claim to be with the IRS. They will advise that there was an error in your taxes, and you need to get a prepaid credit card immediately to avoid penalties or jail. Another popular phone scam is when an unknown caller tells you that you won a prize but you just have to pay for the taxes prior to receiving the prize. In addition, be weary if you receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a family member asking for money to be sent to them. Most often they will say that they are having car problems or are in jail. The caller will typically instruct you to purchase prepaid credit cards, and call them back with the prepaid cards access code. No one from any legitimate agency would ever ask you to purchase and pay with prepaid credit card’s. If you are ever requested to pay with one, the red flags should pop up and you should disconnect immediately. Once the cards information is given to a scammer there is NO getting the money back or canceling the card, the money is gone.

The best rule of thumb:

If you did not initiate the contact, don’t give them any information over the phone, online or let them into your home.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Crime Prevention Unit at the Buffalo Grove Police Department 847-459-2560.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SCAM ALERT - We have had several reports of residents receiving phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS, and if they don't pay fines and fees they will be arrested. This is a SCAM! Please help us get the word out by talking to your neighbors, friends and families. Never give any personal information out to anyone you did not initiate contact with. Please contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department with any questions you may have and always call 911 to report suspicious activity at the time you see it.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------