Police Blotter: $4,500 in Copper Wire Stolen from Clinic, Car Burglaries

Downers Grove police reports, Aug. 2-7


Broken car mirror

Someone broke the driver’s side mirror on a car parked on the 400 block of Prairie Avenue between 5:40 a.m. and 8 a.m., said. The mirror was worth about $250.


Back-pocketed Blu-rays

James Langone, 57, of the 900 block of Addison, was arrested around 2:31 p.m. at Fry’s Electronics, 3300 Finley Rd., police said. Store security told police Langone took a Blu-ray movie out of its case and put it in his jeans’ back right pocket. Langone went into the bathroom, and when he came out police said he opened another Blu-ray case and put the disc into the same pocket. He left the store without paying for the movies before store security stopped him, police said. Officers said Langone repeatedly yelled, “What’s the problem?” He went back inside the store after security told him he needed to return the discs, police said. Langone was charged with retail theft and given a Sept. 19 court date.

Fireworks on Davis

Police confiscated 17 unused firework shells from a man on the 400 block of Davis after receiving a complaint from a neighbor around 1 a.m. The neighbor told police the man had been shooting off fireworks regularly since July. The man told police he was done shooting off fireworks for the night but admitted he still had some in his garage. Police did not file charges but told the man he would be cited if he set off any more. The fireworks officers confiscated will be destroyed, the report said.

Public drinking

Three men were arrested around 9:10 a.m. at the Fairview Quick Wash, 5109 Fairview Ave., police said. Joseph E. Henderson, 30, of the 300 block of Washington Avenue in Joliet; David M. Deland, 55, of the 100 block of West Burlington Avenue in Downers Grove; and Jerry S. Groner, 55, of the 500 block of Front Street in Lisle, were found behind the building amid a collection of open and unopened alcoholic beverages, police said. The men were cited for public drinking.

Church tent supports broken

Someone broke 10 two-by-fours that were supporting a tent rented by Divine Savior Catholic Church, 6700 Main St., police said. The boards were worth about $100.


$2K worth of tools stolen

Someone stole $2,050 worth of tools from a work van parked in the parking lot of a hotel on Finley Road between 6 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, police said. The burglar punched the rear door lock, causing about $100 in damage, before taking a nail gun, ram set and framing nail gun, police said.

Car Burglary on Oxnard

An IBM laptop and its bag were stolen from a car parked overnight on the 1700 block of Oxnard, police said. The victim told police he probably didn’t lock the car. Police said there were no signs of forced entry. The computer and its bag were worth about $650.

Bike tire stolen

A bicycle tire and its rim, together valued at $200, were stolen from a bike locked to a rack during the day at the south Main Street Depot, 1000 Burlington Ave. The bike was still locked to the rack.

Car burglary on Camden

A radio faceplate and case of bottled water were taken from an unlocked car parked on the 7000 block of Camden, police said. The items were worth $201.

$4,500 in copper wire stolen

Rougly 1,100 feet of copper wire were stolen overnight from a construction site on the fifth floor of Northwestern University Clinics, 3450 Lacey Rd., police said. The wire was worth about $4,500.

Car burglaries on Hatch

Burglars targeted two unlocked cars parked overnight in the driveway of a home on the 1600 block of Hatch Place, police said. An empty wallet was taken from one car, while a wallet containing a debit and credit card was taken from the other, police said. The combined loss was $27.


Baby formula, Rogaine taken from Dominick’s

A man took four cans of Enfamil baby formula and two packages of Rogaine worth a combined $359.92 from Dominick’s, 42 Ogden Ave., around 6:47 p.m., police said. A store manager reviewed video surveillance after noticing the items were missing earlier that day, police said. The footage showed the man putting the products in a grocery cart and later into white shopping bags before he left the store, police said. The man is described as 20 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing a blue T-shirt and blue shorts. He left the parking lot on Williams Street in a white van. The store manager said the suspect is the same person that surveillance showed taking six cans of Enfamil June 13.

Attempted shoplifting

Joshua R. Haas, 18, of the 600 block of Marley Road in New Lenox, was arrested around 7:40 p.m. at Fry’s Electronics, 3300 Finley Rd., police said. Store security saw, via video, Haas open a computer mouse package and appear to hide something, police said. Haas left the store and soon returned to open another computer mouse package, police said. This time security said he saw Haas put the mouse in his left front pocket. Security stopped Haas when he left the store without paying, police said. Officers said they found one computer mouse in Haas’ pocket, worth $59.99. He was charged with retail theft, with court dates pending.

debe stain August 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Results of investigation re: 41 year old man who jumped from parking garage on highland -employees by ? Identity?
Lauren Williamson August 08, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Hi Debe, It's our general policy not to run the names of individuals who may have taken their own lives out of respect for their family. Thanks, Lauren Williamson Associate Regional Editor


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