Crime Reports Dec. 18-21

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: FAKE SERGEANT

A Highland Park woman, who's never served in the military, was promoted to a sergeant when her identity, including the new title, was used to open a checking account at Pentagon Federal Credit Union. The woman, who lives in the 3600 block of Shenandoah Avenue, reported to police about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 that she learned about the account when she received a letter from Complete Payment Recovery, which was attempting to collect payment on a $470 bounced check written at a Walmart. According to the police report, the checking account was opened Nov. 24.


Crime Reports Dec. 11 – Dec. 17

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: PANIC-STRUCK DRIVER

A Coca-Cola delivery went a little crazy around 10:45 a.m. Dec. 13 in the 4500 block of Fairway Avenue when the driver of a black semi-tractor trailer, missed a turn, got lost, and then drove his vehicle up on the west side parkway of Roland Avenue and caused about $5,000 in damage to an irrigation system.


Crime Reports Dec. 4 – 10

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: A NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS

A verbal face-off between a woman on her way to the Dry Bar at the Shops of Highland Park and the owner and operator of a horse-drawn carriage company resulted in a clash of opinions about who hit whom. Around 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, the woman drove her 2004 gold Landrover RRV into a coned off section designated for carriage loading and unloading and got into an argument with the owner. The owner, a 57-year-old man, told police the woman began cursing at him when he asked her to reverse out of the area, and then "revved her engine" to scare him and clipped him with the vehicle's side mirror when she drove away. The driver, who had left the scene but was later questioned by police, said the man struck her car when he threw "his left arm in the air" in what she thought was him about to make an "obscene gesture" to her.


Avoid Counterfeit Goods

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Counterfeit Gucci purses were seized this year. (U.S. Customs)

With holiday gift-buying gearing up, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations are warning consumers to avoid counterfeit goods.

Last year, Customs seized more than $1.3 billion in counterfeit goods, according to a news release. Earlier this year, the agency seized counterfeit Gucci purses.


Crime Report Nov. 27 – Dec. 3

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK:
THE 'GRINCH' WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Frosty the Snowman, Christmas tree decorations, and a three-box gift set were all stolen Thursday between 5:55 and 6:41 a.m. from a front yard in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue. The Highland Park home was one of three in the Park Cities targeted by decor thieves. Two University Park homes reported similar crimes: One on Wednesday in the 6500 block of Westchester Drive, and another on Thursday in the 4500 block of Emerson Avenue.

Highland Park

27 Monday

Found at 10:10 a.m.: a black and red children's Nike golf bag containing five Nike golf clubs (driver, 4 hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron, and sand wedge)at the southwest corner of Abbott Avenue and Drexel Drive.


Crime Reports Nov. 20 – 26

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Thieves may have rolled into Highland Park on two LimeBike rentals Nov. 22 and removed three bicycles from a garage left open during the day in the 3200 block of Beverly Drive. Managing the extra wheels may have been too much of a feat, because officers found one of the stolen bikes, a 1986 silver and blue Mirusmi, in an alley next to the rental bikes. A neighbor said the rental bikes had been in the alley since at least 12:30 p.m. The other stolen bikes, a yellow and blue 2014 Scott Graphite road bike, valued at $1,800, and a red Trek 800 mountain bike, valued at $1,000, were still missing.


Crime Reports Nov. 13 – 19

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: CLEANING EMERGENCY?

A shoplifter at the CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane must have really needed to do laundry around midnight Nov. 13. He walked out of the store with three boxes of Tide detergent, valued at $75, without paying for it.