SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
A 57-year-old Highland Park woman just can’t escape the ghosts of her old license plates. At 3 p.m. on Jan. 14, she reported that plates stolen off of her vehicle back in October had been recently flagged by police in a different jurisdiction for violating traffic laws. The citations, however, were sent to her house at the 3000 block of Cornell Avenue – even though she has had new, registered plates since October.
Stolen from a construction site between 7 a.m. Jan. 7 and 7 a.m. Jan. 16: four sump pumps installed in a French drain at a home construction site in the 8000 block of Lomo Alto Drive. The pumps are valued at $2,600.
An Uber driver was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road at 7:29 p.m. when the drivers-side window of his Chevrolet Equinox shattered. Police concluded it must have been shot with a pellet gun. The driver did not see anyone nearby with a weapon, and no bullet casings wear discovered. The two passengers in the backseat were uninjured.
Broken into overnight before 7:30 a.m.: a 2017 Buick Envision in the 4000 block of Lomo Alto Drive. The thief stole four polyester change purses containing about $20, $1,000 Tom Ford prescription sunglasses, and a plastic zip-lock bag with seven pairs of keys inside.
Whoever entered a likely unlocked 2011 Toyota Sequoia parked in the 3000 block of Shenandoah Avenue overnight apparently didn’t want the shoes inside it or anything else for that matter. At 6 a.m., the owner found several stacks of had been rummaged through and two pairs of her shoes had been thrown beside the car. Nothing was reported stolen.
Reported at 3:08 p.m.: two credit cards and $120 in cash were stolen between midnight Jan. 1 and midnight Jan. 2 from a 22-year-old resident of the 3000 block of McFarlin Boulevard.
At 6:08 p.m.: a 39-year-old resident of the 4000 block of Bryn Mawr Drive reported that identifying information had been used fraudulently sometime between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1.
Around 3:30 p.m., a shoplifter loaded his clothing with 67 cosmetic products, valued at $448.80, and left a store in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane, without paying.
The cops moved quickly on this one: After attempting to cash a fake check at Green Bank in the Plaza at Preston Center, a 46-year-old Duncanville man was arrested at 2 p.m.
At 1:12 a.m., two shoplifters took a $11.29 package of Vicks NyQuil DayQuil from the CVS store in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane. Later that day, police issued a citation to a shoplifter who attempted to steal a famine screening kit at 10:15 p.m.
At 4:01 a.m., a burglar broke the window of a 2017 Toyota Tundra in the 3800 block of Wentwood Drive and took a $500 Filson satchel, an $80 NorthFace backpack, and a $5,000 Breitling watch.
A black 2018 Jeep parked overnight in the 3100 block of Purdue Street had its windows broken sometime before 8:21 a.m. and a backpack containing $500 in sports equipment removed.
A University Park man reported at 12:16 p.m. that the contractor he paid $881 in December to repair a stove at a home in the 3900 block of Stanford Avenue had not done the work.
A 54-year-old resident of 3600 block of Asbury Avenue reported at 12:21 p.m. that she had been receiving harassing text messages.