Suspects continue to enter unlocked vehicles, garages, police say

On Feb. 19, a complainant in the 500 block of W. Gladys told police at around 4:46 a.m. that an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked Lexus parked in the driveway and removed his garage door opener. The unknown suspect(s) then opened the garage door and entered their unlocked black LandRover. Nothing appeared to be missing except the garage opener.

Five additional reports of an unknown suspect(s) entering unlocked vehicles were reported in the 500 block of W. Gladys between 5:16 and 11:25 a.m. In one instance, gift cards were removed from a vehicle; in another instance, a garage door opener was taken.

Then, from Feb. 17-Feb. 19, several other instances of an unknown suspect(s) entering unlocked vehicles were reported in the following areas between the above dates: two instances in the 500 and 600 blocks of W. Crockett, two instances in the 500 and 600 blocks of Comstock, one instance in the 200 block of S. Lawndale, two instances in the 300 block of N. Highland and one instance in the 100 block of N. Highland. Among the stolen items were a backpack, garage door openers, car keys and a purse.

The Elmhurst Police Department wishes to remind readers of the Elmhurst Independent to keep all vehicles and doors locked at all times.


Student who appeared intoxicated had consumed vanilla extract

On Feb. 13, consumption of alcohol by a minor was reported at York High School at around 9:09 a.m. Police said a reporting officer responded to the nurse’s office at York High School for the report of a student who was possibly intoxicated. The student stated he was given an unknown liquid to drink. The student did not know what it was but stated he continued to drink it because it tasted good. Upon further investigation, it was learned the student consumed a bottle of vanilla extract containing alcohol. The student’s parents arrived and stated they purchased a large bottle of Vanilla Extract and that was possibly how the student obtained it. The student was released to his parents.


Suspect arrested after allegedly striking girlfriend with vehicle

On Feb. 16, a 26-year-old Darien man was charged with aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery, robbery, theft and unlawful restraint at Atrium Way at around 1:43 a.m. Police said officers responded for a hit and run involving a pedestrian. The victim was yelling for help after her ex-boyfriend, the suspect, allegedly hit her with his vehicle and left. The suspect reportedly approached the victim in a parking lot, took the victim’s phone and attempted to drive away. The victim reached into the vehicle to get her phone at which time, she was allegedly struck by the vehicle. The victim was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment. The suspect was later apprehended in Darien.




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