The following incidents and arrests were reported by the Downers Grove Police Department:
Speakers, iPod taken from towed car
A Kane County man reported car stereo components, valued at $1,639.99, were taken from his car between 2 p.m. July 4 and 6:15 p.m. July 7. The car was towed from the man’s home to Hart’s Garage, 1866 Ogden Ave., for accident repairs. When the man decided to not have the garage complete the repair work, the car was towed back to his home. Speakers, amplifiers and an iPod were missing when the car was returned. The Kane County Sheriff advised the man to file a report with Downers Grove Police.
iPod taken outside of library
A man reported his iPod was taken from a backpack he left on an bench outside the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Ave., between 11:30 a.m. and noon July 8. The man left his backpack on a bench south of the building as he used the restroom, returning to find it gone. Someone found the backpack on a west side bench and took it to library personnel, but the iPod was missing.
Public drinking at train depot
David M. Deland, 54, of Westmont was charged with drinking in public after an officer saw him drinking a can of Labatts beer on a bench at the Fairview train depot, 5099 Fairview Ave., about 3:30 p.m. July 10. Police said Deland attempted to hide the beer in the trash can as the officer approached.
Laptop delivery taken from porch
A $1,700 laptop was missing after it was delivered by Federal Express to a home in the 6800 Powell Avenue between 1:12 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 10. A man ordered the laptop for his son, who left a Federal Express tag on the front door asking the driver to leave the package at the back door. When the son could not locate the package at either door, Federal Express was contacted and confirmed the laptop had been delivered and was left at the front door.
Van window shattered
The sliding door window of a van was shattered at Louis for Men, 748 Ogden Ave., between 3 p.m. July 9 and 9 a.m. July 11. The owner said the van was parked behind the building because the front lot was being seal-coated over the weekend. Damage was estimated at $300.
Retail theft of computer items
Phillip L. Berry, 67, of Wheaton was charged with retail theft after allegedly taking computer software valued at $69.99 and a portable hard drive valued at $109.99 from Fry’s Electronics, 3300 Butterfield Road, at 3 p.m. July 11. A loss prevention employee observed Berry allegedly take the items from shelves, open them and place them in a shoulder bag. Berry then left the store without paying for the items and was stopped by the employee outside the store.
Items taken from two cars at hotel
Golf clubs, shoes, and two GPS units were taken from cars parked at Doubletree Suites, 2111 Butterfield Road. In both incidents, police said the owners believed their cars had been locked.
Sometime between 10:30 p.m. July 10 and 7:30 a.m. July 11, golf clubs, shoes and a GPS, valued at $640, were taken from the trunk and glove compartment of a car at the hotel. Police said they had not determined how the car was entered.
On July 12, between 9 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., a woman attending a conference at the hotel reported her GPS, valued at $150, was taken from a holder mounted on the windshield of her car. She said she had to unlock the car before entering it.
Early morning cannabis and drug paraphernalia possession charges
Marissa N. Raineri, 18, of Downers Grove and Stephanie M. Lindberg, 18, of Downers Grove were each charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia after being stopped by an officer as they walked near 41st Street and Fairview Avenue around 2 a.m. July 12.
A patrol officer saw the women walking and noticed Lindberg leave a backpack in a driveway once she saw the patrol car. The officer stopped them and asked what they were doing out so late. The women said they were walking home from a friend's home. When asked what was in the backpack, the women responded, “a couple of pipes.” The report did not give specifics on how the 2.04 grams of cannabis were found.
Car tire slashed in parking garage
A tire was reported slashed on a car in a parking garage at 1431 Opus Place between noon and 3 p.m. July 12. The owner reported a woman yelled at her as she parked her car, claiming she was taking her space. The car owner ignored the woman and went in to work. When she returned to the car she discovered a flat tire with a puncture hole in the sidewall. Damage to the tire was estimated at $134.
Wallet taken from car
A wallet containing a driver’s license, debit card and credit cards was reported taken from a car at Burger King, 7301 Lemont Road, at 2 p.m. July 13. The owner said the wallet was on his front passenger seat with the windows lowered. He said he was at many businesses between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., but believed the wallet was taken while he was at the restaurant.
Paint damage to car reported
Eight-inch-long scratches were found on a car parked at McDonalds, 225 Ogden Ave., between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 12. The damage was on the passenger side doors and rear side panel of the car. Police said the damage was probably intentional due to the size and location of the scratches. Paint damage was estimated at $300.
License plate missing
A resident came to the police station to report a license plate taken from a car between 8 a.m. July 4 and 5 p.m. July 10. It was not known where the car was parked when the plate, which was secured by Velcro, was taken.
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