Police Blotter: Identity Thefts, Lottery Scam

The following information was supplied by the Buffalo Grove Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction. Email cristel@patch.com with questions about this blotter.


A resident reported Nov. 6 that he received a call from a cable provider and was told that he has an outstanding bill for $400. The resident advised the provider that he does not have service with them. It was determined that the service is to an address in Chicago and that someone there used the resident’s identification. 

A resident received a call from a retailer in Cicero Oct. 27 who asked the resident if he was making a $1,500 purchase using a credit card. The resident advised the retailer that he was at home and did not authorize any purchase. The retailer advised that the transaction will be canceled and the resident will receive a new credit card. The following day, the same retailer called asking if the resident was making a $3,500 purchase using his credit card. The retailer again assured that the transaction along with the credit account, would be canceled. There has been no further fraudulent activity with this account or any of the resident’s other accounts. 


An investigator from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia reported Nov. 6 that a resident of their county sent $2,500 to a resident in Buffalo Grove to pay taxes for a lottery that she was told that she won on Sept. 15. The Georgia resident now believes that she has been scammed.  


A resident of the 200 block of Timber Hill Road reported that a man dressed in all black clothing was on the roof of her house at 9:25 p.m. Nov. 6 The man then left in an unknown direction. Officers checked the area with negative results. 


A resident of the 900 block of Pine Tree Circle South reported that her upstairs neighbor left the shower running between 5:05-7:05 p.m. Nov. 6 and the resident was concerned for her neighbor and that the water may do some damage. An officer spoke with the upstairs neighbor’s daughter who stated that the toilet was malfunctioning and someone will be making repairs. 


A security officer reported finding smashed beer bottles at 1:25 p.m. Nov. 6 in a parking garage on the 2100 block of Lake-Cook Road. He believed that people used the garage to party. A special watch has been initiated for when security is not at the facility.


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