Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin

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July 7, 2015

Notable Incidents

Criminal Damage to Property
Two Criminal Damage to Property incidents on the 7900 block of Niles Avenue, between July 1 at 6:30 p.m. and July 2 at 7:00 a.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

Unknown person(s) used a sharp object to scratch two parked vehicles. 

Criminal Damage to Property on the 3700 block of Davis Street, between July 2 at 11:30 p.m. and July 3 at 7:30 a.m.  Reported:  07/03/2015

Unknown person(s) damaged the side view mirrors on the victim’s vehicle.

Criminal Damage to Property on the 3700 block of Arcadia Street, between July 2 at 8:30 p.m. and 8:46 p.m.  Reported:  07/03/2015

Unknown person(s) damaged a lawn ornament.

Criminal Defacement of Property
Criminal Defacement of Property on the 5200 block of Old Orchard Road, on July 2 at 6:55 p.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

Unknown person(s) used spray paint to deface several ComEd electric boxes.

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories
Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories on the 4400 block of Main Street, on July 2 at 4:10 a.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

Unknown person(s) stole the Acura emblem, wheels and tires off a 2007 Acura.

Assault on the 4400 block of Oakton Street, on July 2 between 9:10 a.m. and 9:43:a.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

A customer chased an employee into a back room after he became enraged about an expired warranty.

Forgery on the 9400 block of Skokie Boulevard, on July 2 at 2:07 a.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

Unknown male black subject passed a counterfeit $100 bill.

Theft on the 9300 block of Kilbourn Avenue, on July 2 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

Unknown person(s) stole a BMX pink girls bicycle from the victim’s driveway

Theft at 7020 Carpenter Road, Buffalo Wild Wings, on July 3 at 4:13 p.m.  Reported:  07/03/2015

Unknown person took a gold Apple iPhone off a table.

Retail Theft
Retail Theft at 3358 Touhy, Marianos, on June 30 at 9:01 p.m.  Reported:  07/02/2015

A male Asian, 18-22, 5’5” tall, medium build wearing white gym shoes, blue jeans, jacket and unknown colored shirt and a female Hispanic, 18-20 years old, 5’5”, 130 lbs., with purple hair and wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and Nike gym shoes stole items from the store.

Debris Dumping
Debris Dumping on the 5200 block of Arcadia Street, on July 3 at 12:36 p.m.  Reported:  07/03/2015

Unknown person(s) dumped landscape debris in the alleyway.  A red truck may have been responsible.

Brown, Vernard, 52, 4740 Main Street, #C, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 8200 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 06/29/2015.

Fuentes Vasquez, Julio, 38, 1533 W. Jarvis Avenue, #412, Chicago, was arrested for Improper Use of Registration and Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 3200 block of Howard Street, on 07/02/2015.

Johnson, Myron W., 21, 9457 Niles Center Road, was arrested for an In-State Warrant on the 4900 block of Church Street, on 07/03/2015.  Johnson was found to have an outstanding Warrant out of Morton Grove for Traffic Offenses.

Allen, Roger N., 20, 3707 S. Wabash Street, Chicago, was arrested for Battery on the 3600 block of Touhy Avenue, on 07/03/2015.  Allen was arrested after pushing a customer at Walmart. 

Good News Notes

  • The Head of Security & Maintenance from the Skokie Public Library contacted the Skokie Police Department to express his appreciation for the courtesy and professionalism shown by Officer Pelrine when he responded to an unsecured door after hours at the Library.  He said he was "impressed by Officer Pelrine's honesty and integrity."  
  • Skokie Police Officer Jacobsen received a letter of thanks from a Skokie resident for her involvement in the Explorers Program and her son, who is a member.  She said, "I know your personal management has been invaluable to his growth and self confidence."
  • John Barkhoo, Communications Coordinator, recently received a phone call from a resident who wanted to thank Communications Operator Cronan for sending officers on a well-being check to his house.  He feels that the call from his friend to the Skokie Police Department and the actions of Operator Cronan saved his life.
  • The office of Chief Scarpelli received a complimentary phone call regarding Officer Veenhuis and his assistance with a garbage dumping issue.  The caller said Officer Veenhuis took care of the problem immediately and was "awesome and really nice."
  • Alina Birlibescu of the Achieve Development Association recently made a post on the Skokie Police Facebook page to thank Officer Pelrine for assisting in locating one of their residents.  Ms. Birlibescu said she was grateful for all the effort.
  • Oak Park Police Chief James Kruger, Jr., recently sent a letter to Chief Scarpelli thanking Officers Krozel, Krecisz and Chang for the assistance they provided to the Oak Brook Police Department on May 20 regarding the SEIU Fight for $15 Rally.  The officers are part of the NIPAS Mobile Field Force Program, and Chief Kruger said, "This cooperation between departments proved invaluable."

  • Officers Jacobson and Swaback were recently presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Reserve for their presentation on children's safety during their "outside agency day."  

  • The Village of Streamwood Police Chief, James Gremo, recently wrote Skokie Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli to extend his thanks for Officer Olkowski's assistance with the execution of a search warrant.  Chief Gremo commended Officer Olkowski's "tireless work," which resulted in the search warrant being executed without incident.

Crime Tip Hot Line Available 24/7

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