Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin

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Skokie Officers Help Safe a Life

On the evening of Tuesday, January 20, Police Officers Bello, Zurawski, S. Long and Communications Operator Lieberman worked as a team to deliver life saving instructions, administer CPR and deploy an automated external defibrillator (AED), to successfully resuscitate an unresponsive subject.

This is the first AED deployment since SPD purchased 17 of the units in 2013 and 2014, for deployment in Patrol Kits. The Patrol Kits are carried in squad cars on every shift and all SPD officers are certified in the American Heart Association CPR/AED Program.

The Skokie Police Department purchased 17 AED's with funding provided through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program administered by the United States Department of Justice and the Chicago Police Department Research and Development Division.


Attempted Abduction

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at approximately 3:20 p.m., a 13-year-old female left Old Orchard Junior High and was walking to Niles North High School.  A few minutes later, an unknown male Hispanic subject who was driving a blue-colored, small SUV/crossover vehicle pulled into the Golf Galaxy parking lot, 4831 Golf Road.  The suspect immediately exited his vehicle and walked towards the victim.

The victim reports that the suspect asked her for directions to a nearby restaurant.  When she started giving him directions, he attempted to pull her towards his vehicle.  The victim reached into her backpack and pulled out a few metal padlocks on a string and hit the subject in his jaw.  The suspect then left the scene. 

According to the victim, the suspect spoke with an accent and was missing two fingers from his right hand.  He was described as being in his 30s, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, heavy build, black hair, wearing a two-toned blue jacket, blue jeans and brown boots.

This incident is under investigation.  Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information that could be relevant to the investigation should please contact the Skokie Police Department at (847) 982-5900.

The Crime Tip Hotline number is (847) 933-TIPS (8477) and is available 24 hours a day.  More information can be found at www.skokie.org.


January 23, 2015

Notable Incidents

Motor Vehicle Theft
Motor Vehicle Theft on the 9200 block of Central Park Avenue, between January 18 at 5:00 p.m. and January 19 at 8:20 a.m.  Reported:  01/19/2015

Unknown person(s) stole a gray 2007 Dodge Charger that was parked on the street.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 4500 block of Main Street, between July 1 at 12:00 a.m. and October 4 at 12:00 a.m.  Reported:  01/19/2015

Unknown person(s) used the victim’s information to open a Comcast account in Michigan.

Identity Theft on the 8200 block of Kilbourn Avenue, between December 21 at 8:00 a.m. and January 5 at 8:00 a.m.  Reported:  01/19/2015

Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s identity to collect unemployment.

Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Property on the 9000 block of Lamon Avenue, on January 19 between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Reported:  01/19/2015

Unknown person(s) scratched a parked vehicle.

Criminal Damage to Property at 3450 Touhy Avenue, XSport, on January 20 between 5:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.  Reported:  01/20/2015

Unknown person(s) used a sharp object to scratch a vehicle while it was parked in the lot.

Theft from Motor Vehicle
Theft from Motor Vehicle at 7236 Niles Center Road, Skokie Hand Car Wash, on January 19 between 10:45 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.  Reported:  01/19/2015

Unknown person(s) stole cash and various items from inside the vehicle.  

Retail Theft
Retail Theft at 4634 Church Street, AJ’s Food Mart, on January 19 at 11:25 a.m.  Reported:  01/19/2015

Two subjects stole chips and candy bars and then fled the scene.  The first subject is described as a male black, 14-16 years old, 5’6”, average build, wearing an orange hat, black and white horizontal strips, dark jacket and pants and orange gym shoes.  The second subject is described as a male black, 14-16 years old, 5’4”, average build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark puffy jacket and white gym shoes.

Theft of Lost Property
Theft of Lost Property at 5701 Oakton Street, Niles West High School on January 20 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Reported:  01/20/2015

Unknown person(s) stole a wallet and contents after it fell out of the victim’s pants inside the boy’s locker room.

Arrests
Maxwell, Antoine P., 28, 820 W. Belle Plaine, #1706, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 8600 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 01/19/2015.

Odeesho, Banyameen Y., 64, 8207 Kilpatrick Avenue, #2B, was arrested for an In-State Warrant on the 8200 block of Kilpatrick Avenue, on 01/19/2015.  Odeesho was arrested on a Warrant from January 13, 2015.  Odeesho was given a new court date of February 18, 2015, room 104, at 1:30 p.m. at 5600 Old Orchard Road.

Al-Maliki, Moustafa Ali, 22, 8227 Kilpatrick Avenue, #2B, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 8300
block of Kilpatrick Avenue, on 01/19/2015.


Vana, Charles F., 22, 1445 Cindy Lane, Des Plaines, was arrested for Leaving the Scene of an Accident on the 7300 block of Niles Center Road, on 01/19/2015.

Lopez, Kimberly, 29, 3000 N. Avers, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 5000 block of Old Orchard Road, on 01/19/2015.

Argudo, Nicole K., 24, 1935 E. Morse Avenue, Des Plaines, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 7800 block of Niles Avenue, on 01/20/2015.

Kasango, Moise T., 23, 1510 Dempster Street, #308, Mt. Prospect, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 5300 block of Old Orchard Road, on 01/20/2015.

Tillmon, Renaldo James, 35, 8021 Keating Ave., #2S, was arrested for an In-State Warrant on the 8000 block of Keating Avenue, on 01/20/2015.  Tillmon was arrested on an outstanding Warrant and given a new court date of February 9, 2015, Room 104, at 1:30 p.m. at 5600 Old Orchard Road.


January 20, 2015

Notable Incidents

Burglary
Burglary on the 7700 block of East Prairie Road, on January 16 between 6:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Reported:  01/16/2015

Unknown person(s) entered through the rear door and stole jewelry.

Burglary on the 5100 block of Wright Terrace, between January 16 at 7:50 p.m. and January 17 at 1:09 a.m.  Reported:  01/17/2015

Unknown person(s) used force to a front door and gained entry.  Cash and jewelry was reported stolen.

Burglary on the 4900 block of Oakton Street, between December 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. and January 17 at 1:36 a.m.  Reported:  01/17/2015

Unknown person(s) used force to a rear door.  A cash register was reported stolen.

Burglary on the 3800 block of Harvard Terrace, on January 17 between 2:30 p.m. and 6:53 p.m.  Reported:  01/17/2015

Unknown person(s) used force to gain entry through a side door.  It is unknown what is missing at this time. 

Burglary on the 7600 block of Keeler Avenue, on January 17 between 2:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Reported:  01/17/2015

Unknown person(s) forced entry through a rear door.  It is unknown what is missing at this time.

Burglary at 8939 Gross Point Road, Skokie Carwash, between January 2 at 6:00 p.m. and January 18 at 11:38 a.m.  Reported:  01/18/2015

The victim reported that while checking on the business he discovered a window was broken.  It is unknown if anything was stolen.

Theft of Lost Property
Theft of Lost Property at 7000 Carpenter Road, AMC, on January 16 between 10:40 p.m. and 10:41 p.m.  Reported:  01/16/2015

Unknown person(s) stole an Apple iPod with a pink and grey case from the women’s bathroom.

Criminal Defacement of Property
Criminal Defacement of Property at 5155 Madison Street, Madison Place Condos, between January 14 at 12:00 p.m. and January 15 at 10:00 a.m.  Reported:  01/17/2015

Unknown person(s) used a yellow marker and wrote, “INKONE” on a paper flyer inside the elevator.

Theft
Theft at 3450 Touhy Avenue, Xsport Fitness, on January 17 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.  Reported:  01/17/2015

Unknown person(s) stole items from an unlocked locker.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 9300 block of Skokie Boulevard, on July 21, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.  Reported:  01/18/2015

Unknown person(s) used the victim’s personal information to open five Verizon cell phone lines.

Arrests
Solorzano, Jose, 25, 7063 N. Ravenswood Avenue, #2, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 3500 block of Oakton Street, on 01/16/2015.On January 13, 2015, criminal charges were filed against Alexander R. Pacino, 39 years of age, 2222 Goebbert, Arlington Heights, in connection with an attempted residential burglary which occurred on July 09, 2014 in the 9200 block of Lavergne Ave. in Skokie. Pacino was charged with one felony count of attempted residential burglary,

Morales, Samuel Juan, 34, 177 Arbor Court, #137, Wheeling, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 5000 block of Dempster on 01/16/2015.

Lee, Ronnie B., 56, 1458 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, was arrested for an In-State Warrant on the 7300 block of Niles Center Road, on 01/16/2015.  Lee was arrested in Evanston for an outstanding Skokie Warrant.  Lee was transported to Skokie.  Lee has a $50,000 bond and his next court date is February 25, 2015, Room 104 at 1:30 p.m., at 5600 Old Orchard Road.

Stefanis, Fotini V., 53, 9000 Keating Avenue, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 3600 block of Touhy Avenue, on 01/16/2015.

Sidan, Hanny II, 36, 7450 N. Lincoln Avenue, #305, Skokie, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol on the 5300 block of Touhy Avenue, on 01/17/2015.

Juveniles, 15 &17, Chicago, were arrested for Retail Theft on the 3600 block of Touhy Avenue, on 1/17/2015.

Howria, Rami S., 21, 8945 N. Washington, #C, Niles, was arrested for an In-State-Warrant on the 8000 block of Long Avenue, on 01/17/2015.  Howria was arrested for a Warrant for Probation Violation and given a new court date of February 17, 2015, Rm 101 at 1:30 p.m., 5600 Old Orchard Road.

Kim, Kevin Ui, 21,1515 Sheridan, #11, Wilmette, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 5300 block of Old Orchard Road, on 01/17/2015.

Miszczyszyn, Robert Marcin, 21, 8748 N. Elmore Street, Niles, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis on the 5300 block of Old Orchard Road, on 01/17/2015.

Patel, Vikaskumar Maganlal, 41, 8726 Niles Center Road, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol on the 4800 block of Dempster Street, on 01/18/2015.


January 19, 2015

Notable Incidents

Theft
Theft at 3450 Touhy Avenue, XSport, between January 13 at 9:32 p.m. and January 14 at 12:03 a.m.  Reported:  01/14/2015

Unknown person(s) forced open a locker and stole a purse and its contents.

Theft on the 4700 block of Howard Street, between January 12 at 4:00 p.m. and January 14 at 3:00 p.m. Reported:  01/14/2015

Unknown person(s) stole a package from outside the front doors to the building.

Theft at 5113 Brown Street, Champs Cuts, between December 31 at 7:00 p.m. and January 6 at 12:00 p.m.  Reported:  01/15/2015

Unknown person(s) removed cash from the business.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 9300 block of Ridgeway Avenue, on December 26 at 6:00 p.m. Reported:  01/14/2015

Unknown person(s) opened several credit cards using the victim’s information.

Burglary
Burglary at 3358 Touhy Avenue, Marianos, between January 9 at 8:30 a.m. and January 15 at 7:00 a.m.  Reported:  01/15/2015

Unknown person(s) removed four spools of copper from the building.

Arrests
Stefanis, Steve Stavros, 26, 9000 Keating Avenue, #2B, was arrested for Delivery of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 9000 block of Keating Avenue, on 01/14/2015.

Han, Peter S., 25, 8838 N. Laramie, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 9000 block of Keating Avenue, on 01/14/2015.

Cambron Guzman, Pedro, 22, 9078 Barberry Lane, Des Plaines, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 5200 block of Lyons Street, on 01/14/2015.

Ramirez, Cristian Pilar, 25, 4520 N. Springfield Avenue, #2, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 7100 block of LeClaire Avenue, on 01/14/2015.

Jackson, Sebon William, 32, 8704 S. Escanaba, #1, Chicago, was arrested for Identity Theft and Possession of Cannabis on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 01/14/2015.

Gardner, Larry J., 26, 4852 Hull Street, #1, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 7800 block of Lamon Avenue, on 01/15/2015.

Alcantara, Armando, 29, 7447 N. Ridge Boulevard, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 4400 block of Howard Street, on 01/15/2015.

Pacino, Alexander Robert, 39, 6111 W. Seminole Street, Chicago, was arrested for Burglary and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 2200 block of Goebbert in Arlington Heights on 01/14/2015.  Pacino was arrested and charged in connection with an attempted residential burglary which occurred on July 09, 2014, in the 9200 block of Lavergne Avenue, in Skokie. Pacino was charged with one felony count of attempted residential burglary.


Good News Notes

  • The Village of Rosemont Chief of Public Safety, Donald E. Stephens III, wrote Skokie Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli a letter thanking him and the Skokie Police Officers who assisted in a hazardous materials call at the Hyatt Hotel.  Chief Stephens said, "Your officers provided traffic and crowd control as well as security in a professional manner.  The assistance your department provided was invaluable and can be credited to the successful mitigation of this incident."

  • Officer Swaback received an email from Dana Eulert, Security Director of Professional Security Consultants, thanking him and the Skokie Police Department for their assistance with special security details at Westfield Old Orchard Mall, during the busy holiday season.  She said, "Their help was truly appreciated.  Each and every one of them was a pleasure to work with.  You should be proud." 

  • John Sofere of the Cub Scout Pack 3957 sent Chief Anthony Scarpelli a letter thanking the Skokie Police Department and Officer Jacobsen for the tour of the police station.  He said Officer Jacobsen provided detailed responses to the kids' questions and made it a fun learning experience for all.

  • Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli received a letter from Robert LaMantia, Chief of Police in Lincolnwood, thanking Officers Nikolopoulos and Chmiel for their back-up assistance in the location and arrest of three auto thieves.  Chief LaMantia appreciated "the outstanding utilization of teamwork with our agency to bring the investigation to a successful conclusion."

  • Deputy Chief Michael Pechter received a complimentary email from Lisa Hanley of First Bank & Trust, commending Officer Eric Swaback's presentation on robbery training.  She said, "He was extremely informative, professional and personable.  But of course, I wouldn't expect anything less from your department."

  • Chief Scarpelli received a compliment from a resident who wanted to thank Officer Alexander for his assistance with his disabled vehicle.  He said, "Officer Alexander is a very nice, fine, young man."

  • Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli received a letter from a resident thanking Officer Zerfass for his assistance during a well-being check her family requested.  She said Officer Zerfass was "so nice and checked on her twice."  She said she has lived in Skokie for 44 years and feels safe and sound because of the Skokie Police Department.

  • Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli received a letter from Lieutenant Randall Rathmell of the Lincolnwood Police Department, commending Officers Nikolopoulos and Shelton for their assistance during a scheduled training exercise.  While the training was in progress, an individual purposely caused a disorderly conduct public scene to attempt to disrupt the exercise.  Officers Nikolopoulos and Shelton were able to provide backup assistance and "their presence and participation helped quell the commotion and avert a potentially hazardous situation for police personnel."  


Crime Tip Hot Line Available 24/7

The Skokie Police Department recently established an automated Crime Tip Hot Line and invites the public to call 847/933-TIPS (8477) any time to report suspicious activity or other information. 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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