Editor’s note: These police reports were obtained after filing a Freedom of Information Act request.
• A resident of Kristin Court reported a burglary in progress at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, that a man was trying to pry the front door open with a crowbar. The suspect became startled, ran from the front door and entered the rear of a grayish colored minivan and left traveling north. When police arrived, they could see what appeared to be fresh scrapes, scuffs and chipped wood, a damaged draft seal and a long split in the door near the deadbolt consistent with pry bar damage. Responding officers made contact with several gray minivans in the area, but no one matched the suspect’s description, according to the report.
• A resident of Hillsboro Drive reported Feb. 6 that he was being blackmailed by someone on the internet, according to a police report obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The redacted report did not state the circumstances of the blackmail. The resident told police he had not sent money yet. Police advised him not to send money and be cautious about sending any type of image over the internet, according to the report.
• Suncast Corporation, 701 N. Kirk Road, reported Feb. 29 the theft of $250 from an employee’s wallet which was accidentally left outside his work locker in the men’s maintenance room.
• Someone tried to pass a fake $100 bill Feb. 26 at Panera Bread, 154 W. Wilson St. According to a police report, a man ordered soup – but did not care what kind. When he tried to pay with a $100 bill, it was reviewed by the manager and found to be fraudulent: It felt thicker than other bills, had a center part with the president’s face slightly erased and no middle strip or visible watermark, the report stated. The bill was returned and the man was asked if he had another means to pay, but he appeared confused and left.
• A resident of Saratoga Drive reported an attempted residential burglary on March 1. Police found the fence gate was opened and its inside handle was busted and multiple window screens were opened. One PVC elbow was also found completely removed from the water heater, but no apparent signs of forced entry to the house were found, according to the report.
• Jacob A. Quane, 37, of the 1200 Iroquis Drive, Batavia, was charged Feb. 24 with possession of a controlled substance.
• A resident of Thoria Road reported Jan. 3 that he was the victim of identity theft in that someone changed the name and address on his cell phone account, did not pay the bill, resulting in him getting a collections notice for $1,496. The police report was necessary to document it for the cell phone company; officers provided the resident with an Identity Theft pamphlet.
• A resident of North Barton Trail reported Feb. 23 that two household members were being electronically harassed by an unknown person. It started with a text message claiming a friend provided the phone number. The texter stated he had seen the victim around Waubonsee Community College and found her to be attractive, the report stated. The resident blocked the number and began getting text messages from another phone number that included a description of her clothing and where she worked – both of which were correct. The victim told police she had no idea who would be sending the messages.
• Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, reported Feb. 10 the theft of $200 cash in a quick-change scam, which occurred while a male shopper kept the cashier engaged in conversation during a transaction with a female shopper. Kohl’s told police a similar incident occurred at its Bloomingdale store.
• Windmill Laundry, 138 W. Wilson St., reported Feb. 19 that 14 washing machines were damaged, with the lint box locks were broken off from the bottom of the washing machines where they collect lint and loose items from clothes. It would cost $364 to replace all the broken locks. The victim told police it was possible someone was trying to collect change that would be found in the lint boxes, and that this has occurred in the past, the report stated.