Cars Stolen From Dealership; Pickpockets Target Jewel: Blotter –

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — The following information comes from the Highland Park and Highwood police departments and public records as a record of incidents reported to the police and of those arrested by police. Criminal charges represent accusations by the state that are often dropped or reduced. Updated information may be available from the Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Everyone arrested is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.


Between 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 22, someone stole three cars and vandalized six others at the MI Imports, 2772 Skokie Valley Road. Three Dodge Challengers were stolen, while an Alpha Romeo, BMW, Chrysler, Infiniti and Jeep all had their windows smashed.

A person wearing a ski mask, dark jacket and white hoodie was recorded by a video camera doorbell going into an unlocked car parked in a driveway of a home in the 1900 block of McCraren Road before leaving the scene in an unidentified car at some point prior to 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 14. Nothing was reported missing from inside the car.

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  • Someone damaged a tree climber line on a work truck parked in the 1800 block of Second Street between Jan. 3 and Jan. 5, police were told five days later.
  • Someone removed sections of wallpaper from the hallway of a building in the 1200 block of Park Avenue at some point between Jan. 13 and Jan. 17, police were told four days later.


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  • Between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Jan. 11, two unidentified male pickpockets stole wallets and purses from people’s pockets and purses at the Jewel-Osco, 1600 Deerfield Road, before leaving in a light-colored van. A pair of wallets were found in the parking lot with their identification and debit cards removed.
  • Someone stole a black, medium-sized Calvin Klein jacket from a locker in the locker room at Highland Park High School between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 11. The jacket contained a wallet, cards, keys and headphones. A belt, jeans and sweater were also taken from the same locker.
  • A 2003 Toyota parked at Highland Park Hospital had its catalytic converter stolen between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. Someone also took the catalytic converter from a 2008 Lexus SUV while it was was parked at the hospital the same day between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an estimated $172 loss.
  • Someone stole a wallet from the LA Fitness, 115 Skokie Valley Road, on or before the afternoon of Jan. 15. One of the stolen cards was later used fraudulently at an unspecified business.


  • Staff at the Target, 2099 Skokie Valley Road, reported on the afternoon of Jan. 15 that a male thief had entered the store at some point on Jan. 12, removed security devices from a Dyson vacuum and Dyson air purifier and left the store in white minivan.
  • Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, two male thieves stole five bottles of alcohol worth about $187 from the Target store’s liquor section. The two shoplifters left through a rear emergency exit and got into a blue sedan that had been parked behind the store, police were told on Jan. 15.
  • A male shoplifter wearing gray hooded sweatshirt, white hat and face covering stole seven bottles of alcohol worth $312 from the CVS at 1539 Clavey Road. He left the store in a silver Nissan four-door sedan with no front license plate.


Cassandra G. Alvarez, 23, of the 1400 block of Downing Place, Mundelein, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 after turning herself in on a warrant stemming from an allegation of battery in Waukegan. She was also charged with fleeing in an attempt to elude police and driving without a valid license after leaving a traffic stop around 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 3 near McGovern and Central avenues.

Fredy N. Figueroa, 31, of the 900 block of Adams Street, Waukegan, was arrested around 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 22 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater and driving without a valid license following a traffic stop in the 2600 block of Skokie Valley Road. He was also issued citations for driving without insurance and improper lane usage.

Lee Jamie Walker, 47, of the 400 block of Greenwood Avenue, Glencoe, was arrested and charged with felony theft after police were called to the Red Roof Inn, 340 S. Waukegan Road, Deerfield, after getting word from their counterparts in the neighboring town that an car that had been rented but not returned to the Enterprise, 1430 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park, and its driver had been found at the scene.

Earlier: Guitar, Cosmetics Taken; Stolen BMW Found In Milwaukee; Driving Complaint Leads To DUI Arrest; HP Man Faces Battery Charge; Four Catalytic Converters Pilfered: Highland Park Police Blotter, Dec. 28 to Jan. 10

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