Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin

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December 18, 2014

Notable Incidents

Burglary/Commercial
Burglary/Commercial at 4016 Golf Road, Kely Cleaners, between December 14 at 3:00 p.m. and December 15 at 6:20 a.m.  Reported:  12/15/2014.

Unknown person(s) broke out the glass in the front door in order to gain entry.  Cash and a computer were reported stolen.

Burglary/Commercial at 7564 Lincoln Avenue, Lava Medical Supply, between December 12 at 5:00 p.m. and December 15 at 8:55 a.m.  Reported:  12/15/2014

Unknown person(s) broke out the glass in the door in order to gain entry.  Cash was reported stolen.

Burglary from Motor Vehicle
Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 7900 block of Kenton Avenue, between December 14 at 8:30 p.m. and December 15 at 7:53 a.m.  Reported:  12/15/2014

Unknown person(s) entered an unlocked Audi and stole cash and sunglasses.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 4600 block of Elm Terrace, between December 5 at 9:00 a.m. and December 9 at 9:00 a.m.  Reported:  12/15/2014

Unknown person(s) used the victim’s identity to open two credit card accounts and charge several thousand dollars to two other accounts.

Debris Dumping
Debris Dumping at 9125 Gross Point Road, on December 16 between 3:56 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Reported:  12/16/2014

An unknown male, possibly white, heavy set, wearing a dark hoody and another male with an unknown description, were seen dumping two sofas from a 20 foot long U-Haul truck, in the rear of the building.

Arrests
Chavez, Rafael, 43, 4529 W. Schubert, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 7600 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/15/2014.

Solis, Sanjuana, 51, 1701 S. Racine Avenue, #2, Chicago, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 12/15/2014.

Washington, Rochelle A., 21, 2320 Emerson Street, Evanston, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License and an In-State Warrant on the 4400 block of Madison Street, on 12/16/2014.  Washington was arrested on a failure to appear warrant and given a new court date of January 21, 2015, room 104 at 9:00 a.m. at 5600 Old Orchard Road.

Melesio, Daniel, 25, 4015 N. Milwaukee #511, Chicago, was arrested for Unlawful Use of Weapons and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 9800 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/16/2014.  Following a traffic stop metal knuckles and drug equipment was found inside the vehicle.


December 16, 2014

Notable Incidents

Burglary from Motor Vehicle
Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 3600 block of Touhy Avenue, on December 10 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Reported:  12/11/2014

Unknown person(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and stole a back pack.

Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 4600 block of Elm Terrace, on December 12 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.  Reported:  12/12/2014

Unknown person(s) entered into an unlocked Honda and stole cash, a white Apple iPad, along with other items. 

Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 8000 block of Keating Avenue, between December 12 at 11:00 p.m. and December 13 at 8:00 a.m.  Reported:  12/13/2014

Unknown person(s) stole a spare tire and car jack from inside the vehicle.

Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 4500 block of Madison Street, on December 13 at 1:07 p.m.  Reported:  12/13/2014

A male black subject, approximately 17-25 years of age, 170 lbs., wearing a grey hooded coat with black sleeves, blue jeans, black gym shoes with a white stripe, entered a Chevrolet Blazer through an unlocked door and rummaged through the inside of the vehicle.  The subject then walked westbound on Madison.  No items were reported stolen from the vehicle.

Motor Vehicle Theft
Motor Vehicle Theft on the 8100 block of Kilbourn Avenue, on December 12 at 12:45 a.m.  Reported:  12/13/2014

Unknown person(s) stole a gold 1996 Toyota Corolla from inside the garage area.  The keys were left inside the vehicle and the garage was last known to be secure.

Motor Vehicle Theft on the 8900 block of Lacrosse Avenue, on December 14 between 3:55 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Reported:  12/14/2014

Unknown person(s) stole a black 2001 Toyota RAV4.

Deceptive Practices
Deceptive Practices at 4999 Old Orchard Road, Rogers and Hollands, on December 10 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.  Reported:  12/11/2014

One female and two male black subjects attempted to purchase items using fraudulent credit.  When security was called the subjects exited the store and were seen getting into a Nissan.

Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Property on the 8100 block of Knox Avenue, between December 11 at 8:00 p.m. and December 12 at 2:30 a.m.  Reported:  12/12/2014

The victim reported that an unknown person(s) threw a large rock, breaking the windshield of his Buick.

Criminal Damage to Property on the 7900 block of Kolmar Avenue, between November 29 at 12:00 a.m. and December 13 at 1:07 p.m.  Reported:  12/13/2014

Unknown person(s) broke out the flood light over a driveway.

Criminal Damage to Property on the 9700 block of Crawford Avenue, between December 13 at 4:30 p.m. and December 14 at 8:00 a.m.  Reported:  12/14/2014

Unknown person(s) broke a side view mirror on a parked vehicle.

Criminal Defacement of Property on the 5400 block of Touhy Avenue, on December 11 at 11:44 a.m.  Reported:  12/11/2014

Unknown person(s) drew graffiti on the Pace bus shelter.

Criminal Damage to Property at 7000 Carpenter Road, Mid American Management, on December 12 between 10:30 p.m. and 11:55 p.m.  Reported:  12/12/2014

Unknown person(s) broke out the glass enclosing the fire extinguishers and emptied out the extinguishers inside the parking deck area. 

Criminal Damage to Property on the 8200 block of Lawndale Avenue, on December 14 at 1:33 a.m.  Reported:  12/14/2014

Unknown person(s) used an unknown object to crack the basement window on a residence.

Theft
Theft on the 8600 block of Skokie Boulevard, on December 9 between 11:41 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Reported:  12/13/2014

Unknown person(s) stole a laptop from the common area of the apartment building.

Theft of Lost Property
Theft of Lost Property at 5330 Old Orchard Road, Lifetime Fitness, on December 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Reported:  12/12/2014

Unknown person(s) stole three women’s rings that were left unattended on the locker room bench.

Credit Card Fraud
Credit Card Fraud at 3626 Touhy Avenue, Walmart, between December 12 at 8:25 p.m. and December 13 at 5:19 a.m.  Reported:  12/13/2014

Victim reported that unknown person(s) obtained his credit card information and purchased merchandise at Walmart.

False Impersonation
False Impersonation on the 9600 block of Lowell Avenue, on December 12 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:05 p.m.  Reported:  12/12/2014

Unknown person called the victim and stated that he was with the Skokie Police Department and that he had a “case pending.”  After further investigation this appeared to be a fraud scam.

Residential Burglary
Residential Burglary on the 7700 block of Keeler Avenue, on December 12 between 4:30 p.m. and 8:13 p.m.  Reported:  12/12/2014

Unknown person(s) forced open a window and entered the residence and stole a safe containing cash, jewelry, and documents. 

Arrests
Robinson, Terrance Lamont, 27, 5013 W. Gladys Avenue, #A, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 3900 block of Oakton Street, on 12/11/2014.

Popov, Anton Pandeliev, 25, 6300 N. Leavitt Street, Chicago, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 12/11/2014.

Eatman, Tierra T., 22, 7250 S. Sangamon Street, 22, was arrested for Forgery on the 3700 block of Touhy Avenue, on 12/11/2014.

Woo, Jonathan Minh, 21, 9828 N. Keeler Avenue, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 9800 block of Kedvale Avenue, on 12/11/2014.

Benjamin, Samuel Sargon, 20, 8701 Keeler Avenue, was arrested for Aggravated Assault on the 9400 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/12/2014.  Benjamin was arrested after assaulting his employer with a knife.

Gomez, Felix Eladio, 47, 8020 Kenton Avenue, #1F, was arrested for an In-State Warrant on the 8000 block of Kenton Avenue, on 12/12/2014.  Gomez was arrested on a Skokie Warrant and posted bond.  Gomez was given a new court date of January 12 at 9:00 a.m., room 101 at 5600 Old Orchard Road.

Nguy, Roger, 19, 5104 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago, was arrested for Possession of Drug Equipment on the 8000 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/12/2014.

Abonce, Sebastian Greg, 18, 8052 Elmwood Street, 1st floor, was arrested for Possession of Drug Equipment on the 8000 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/12/2014.

Alexander, Schilon J., 33, 2228 S. Avers, Chicago, was arrested for Driving under the influence of Alcohol and Hit and Run on the 4700 block of Main Street, on 12/13/2014.

Cherian, Anil, 44, 8700 Skokie Boulevard, 2nd Floor, was arrested for Battery and Criminal Trespass to Residence on the 8700 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/13/2014.  Cherian was arrested after a physical altercation with a neighbor.

Onasanya, Biola Oluwatobi, 20, 8441 Latrobe Avenue, was arrested for Driving with No Driver’s License on the 8300 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 12/13/2014.

Miguel, Justino, 54, 2301 W. Chase, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 8500 block of McCormick Boulevard, on 12/14/2014.

Rodriguez, Cesar, 21, 2021 Dodge, Evanston, was arrested for Delivery of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Equipment on the 4800 block of Old Orchard Road, on 12/14/2014.


Good News Notes

  • A group of German Exchange students recently visited Skokie and had a tour of the Skokie Police Department.  They enjoyed viewing the facilities, police cars and learning how our officers keep the community safe.  They especially wanted to thank Officer Eric Swaback who led the tour.

  • Fred W. Hayes, President, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, wrote to personally thank the Skokie Officers for their efforts during the inaugural Illinois Rail Safety week.  The Officers collaborated and worked with other Officers, Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies and Rail Police Officers from across the state with the common goal of improving rail safety in Illinois.  

  • Joseph Bakes, Skokie resident and member of the Skokie Police Explorers, has been awarded the Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor for his voluntary services to the community.  Joseph has been invited to attend a ceremony on December 9, 2014 to honor this achievement.

  • Police Chief Tony Scarpelli received a letter from the Illinois State Police in appreciation for the Skokie Police Department's assistance with the motorcade of the Vice President of the United States on October 22, 2014.  Captain Luis Gutierrez stated, "The professionalism and commitment to excellence demonstrated by your Department was key in the completion of this mission."  

  • A complimentary call was received by Sergeant Cianchetti for services received by a Skokie resident when she contacted the Skokie Police Department several times in the same evening.  The resident said that Communications Operators, Jan Lieberman and Amy Stein were "friendly, helpful and 'on the ball'" each time she called.

  • A Skokie resident called Police Chief Tony Scarpelli to commend the following officers for their dedicated and remarkable service to calls placed for assistance.  The officers involved were Baldo Bello, John Oakley, Jaclyn Roden, John Veenhuis and Garren Zerfass. 

  • A resident came to the Police Department to thank Officer Montes De Oca for responding to her residence after her burglar alarm was accidentally set off.

  • Deputy Chief Baker received a phone call from a resident who wanted to thank Officer Daniel Simons for all his help after her car broke down on Skokie Boulevard and Golf Road.  She said he was “so kind and helped so much.”  He “did everything” for her.  

  • A resident recently emailed Deputy Police Chief Michael Pechter to express her thanks to Officer Paez who took care of her after she had been hit by a car while riding her motorcycle.  Officer Paez single-handedly picked up her motorcycle and looked out for her in a professional courteous manner.   She said that the Skokie police and fire were immediately on the scene and made a scary situation a little bit more manageable.

  • The Skokie Police Department recently received a letter thanking them for their support in transporting their daughter to the hospital on September 19.  They said that Sergeant Timothy Gramins and Officers Kevin Moore, Mitchell Smaller and Jaclyn Roden went above and beyond in helping their daughter.   They feel very fortunate to have such a supportive police department.

  • The Skokie Police Department recently received a letter from a resident who thanked Officer Eric McCune for allowing her to ride along during a recent Saturday night.  She said that Officer McCune was a great teacher and had stellar ethics.  “He is a wonderful example for young men to follow, and is proud to have ridden with him,” she wrote.


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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