Jul 29, 2014

Hotel Burglary, Phone Scam, Public Drinking: Police Blotter

Downers Grove police reports, Oct. 5-7.

Hotel Burglary, Phone Scam, Public Drinking: Police Blotter


Hotel Burglary

Downers Grove police were called to the Double Tree Suites by Hilton, 2111 Butterfield Road, around 10:26 a.m. for a report of a burglary.

A couple told police they rented a room for one night at the hotel after attending a nearby wedding reception Saturday. When they woke up around 6 a.m., they discovered the door was unlocked and slightly ajar, and several items were missing, police said.

According to the report, two iPhones, a Cannon digital camera, a Coach purse and a wallet were taken. The estimated value of all stolen items was approximately $1,030, police said.

Criminal Damage to Property

John P. Gray, 29, of the 6000 block of Fairview Avenue, was arrested around 5:03 p.m. in the 6000 block of Fairview Avenue, police said.

Two individuals told police they met Gray at Uptown Bar in Westmont. Gray asked for a ride home, so they drove him back to Downers Grove, police said.

When they arrived in the driveway, Gray allegedly became angry for an unknown reason, and smashed the cup of soda he was drinking over the car, police said. Gray went into the house to get paper towels to clean up the mess, but then became more agitated and threw a metal milk crate at the vehicle, according to the report.

The milk crate hit the vehicle, as well as the driver, causing his left pinky finger to cut open and bleed, police said. Gray then picked up a chair and threw it onto the vehicle's roof, police said.

Gray was charged with battery and criminal damage to property. He was released on an I-Bond, and issued a Nov. 14 court date.


Phone Scam

A resident in the 4600 block of Stonewall Avenue told police she received a phone call from a man claiming to be her nephew around 10 a.m. The man said he had been arrested in Canada, and asked her to send $890 so he could post bond.

Believing the man was her nephew—whom she hadn't spoken to in 10 years—the woman traveled to a local Walmart store and purchased a Money Gram to send, police said. The total transaction cost $905.50 with fees, which was paid for in cash.

After the woman returned home, she received another from the man, who said he received the money and needed an additional $800, police said.

The woman became suspicious, and determined after an Internet search that she had been victimized. She notified police of the incident around 1:51 p.m.

An attempt to reverse or cancel the original transaction at Walmart was unsuccessful, police said.


Public Drinking Near Meadowbrook Shopping Center

Steve Stolark, 49, and Catherine M. Rippel, 46, both of the 7000 block of Remington Court in Woodridge, were arrested around 3:08 p.m. near Meadowbrook Shopping Center, 2125 63rd St., police said.

Police were notified of three subjects with bicycles who allegedly approached a white box truck and obtained an unknown item from the driver. The individuals were located at the shopping center, police said.

When the officers arrived in the shopping center parking lot, they observed two open 24-ounce aluminum cans of Milwaukee's Best Ice beer adjacent to Stolark and Rippel, according to the report.

The white truck was never found, and the third individual was not taken into custody.

Both Stolark and Rippel were cited with drinking in public, and were later released on I-Bonds.

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