OMG PD: Donald Trump Calling? Oops, Wrong Way and More
Here a roundup of this week's more interesting police blotter news.
A Clarendon Hills resident reported at 5:47 p.m. Aug. 21 receiving approximately 40 calls from an unknown person who claimed to be from the FBI and said Donald Trump was trying to get in touch with the resident to give him or her money.
Police advised the resident not to answer any more calls from that number and talk to the phone company about blocking the number.
Chances are good that Trump does not give away money via the FBI.
A 42-year-old Woodridge man was charged with one misdemeanor count of retail theft and was banned from Fry's Electronics, 3300 Finley Rd. Police said while shopping at Fry's Aug. 14, the man switched UPC labels on a Diff'rent Strokes DVD with a cheaper one from another DVD, Human Centipede. The values of DVDs: $21.99 for Diff'rent Strokes and $20.99 for Human Centipede.
This police report begs two questions: Why the interest in Diff'rent Strokes? And, if the charges are valid, why do all this to save only a dollar? Court costs are going to cost a lot more than a buck.
A motorist tried to drive on a pedestrian walkway that runs under train tracks at Poplar and Cayuga avenues in Elmhurst. Police heard a loud crash and saw a car with extensive body damage in the early hours of Aug. 18. The driver was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He did not hurt himself or any pedestrians in his travels. The same can not be said about his car.
A 29-year-old Wing Avenue resident reported at 10:43 a.m. Aug. 18 the theft of $219.85 via two electronic withdrawals from her savings account in July by a firm in North Salt Lake City, Utah. She did a lot of detective work before contacting the police.
She contacted her bank and closed the account. She researched online the company’s name and learned it was a credit firm specializing in rebuilding people’s bad credit, and the name the company used to make the withdrawals. She called the company, which would not cooperate. She then did some online research on the name of the person linked to the transactions and found on Mugshots.com that there is one person with that name serving a five-year sentence for identity theft in Cook County. Police, however, were unable to verify that. In the meantime, police are preparing to subpoena the North Salt Lake City firm to obtain more information of the withdrawals.
Make this woman an honorary cop.
A resident of the 100 block of south Spring Avenue reported to police at 1:42 p.m. Aug. 15 that an unknown person put feces on the chairs on his front porch. He believed the culprits might be neighborhood kids, because there was "ding dong ditching" going on at his residence. What will kids think of next?