OMG PD: Drivers Duel, Chump Check, Thirsty Thieves

Here's a round-up of recent and bizarre police report items from the area.


Crooked Check For Chairs

A 62-year-old woman of the 700 block of Monroe Avenue in St. Charles reported at 3:08 p.m. Oct. 10 that someone used a fraudulent check to attempt to purchase some chairs she attempted to sell on Craigslist. The buyer agreed to sell the chairs for $325. She was sent a check for $3,050, with instructions to deposit the check in her account. Then she was supposed to send a check for the balance, minus $120 for her trouble, via Western Union to a person in Indianapolis.

The woman told police she believed something was not right and took the check to a Bank of America branch on which the check was drawn. She learned there were no Bank of America branches in Utah, where the check reportedly originated. She took the check to police.

Richard Frederick Foster, 22, of the 6N400 block of Route 31, was charged with the following on Oct. 6:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Aggravated DUI-revoked or suspended license
  • Aggravated DUI-no insurance
  • Possession of cannabis-30 to 500 grams
  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Operating an uninsured vehicle
  • Improper lane use
  • Driving without headlights
  • Driving on a revoked/suspended license
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Police pulled Foster over after seeing him drive without his headlights turned on in the 1500 block of West Main Street. Foster tried to run away from the officer who arrested him. He was transported to the Kane County Jail to await a court hearing.


Thief Thirsty For Champagne

The Dominick's at 880 Roosevelt Road got taken twice in one week for some pricey alcohol. Someone at the store reported liquor theft at 1:23 p.m. Sept. 30. The thief or thieves stole several bottles of wine and champagne at an estimated loss of about $303. Then a Dominick's employee reported another retail theft at 9:43 p.m. on Oct. 5. Three bottles of wine were taken from the store in the incident.


Scary Steals

Denise's Adornments, 221 S. Third St., reported two thefts in as many days. Someone took spider crystal earrings valued at $25 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 4. Someone took two pumpkins worth about $30 between 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 a.m. Oct. 3. The pumpkins were placed outside the business between the entrance and the sidewalk.


Hammer Time

Two male drivers got into a verbal dispute that turned physical Sept. 28 on Batavia's east side. A 65-year-old from Smithfield, NC, grabbed a 49-year-driver from New Hope, AL, by the neck. The New Hope man later approached the Smithfield man "in a threatening manner," which resulted in the Smithfield man hitting the other man's thumb with a hammer, according to a police report.

Paramedics were contacted and the New Hope man was transported to the hospital due to possible injury to his thumb. Police on the scene at 3:08 p.m. determined the two to be mutual combatants. The men were each referred to the State's Attorney's Office.

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MK October 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
There is nothing to fear, but the Care Bear himself. Who cares if these perps are purple male lesbians from mars?? You're a paranoid and insecure racist yourself.
AK October 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Care Bear, There was a photo of a white male just last week...pay attention.
Elm Forest October 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Care Bear, I can understand your view point. Many times minorities photo mug shot are shown in the patch and sometimes are not. The photos on this article will show up but the patch probably doesn't have them now. I don't know if the Patch will respond on the discrepancy but I do know that there have been some that were white that later showed up when, I am assuming, the Patch received the image. I am sorry that this happens with minorities and I do know that there are many times cars pulled over on major roadways in Elmhurst that are driven by minorities. I don't know if the police target out of town cars but I do know that in some states (if not all states) the out of state cars traveling threw are targeted with citations. I personally experienced this in Arizona over a decade ago. It was a ticket trap area and all the Arizona cars were allowed to continue without being stopped. As soon as I drove threw they ticketed me. It was a very large fine and my father told me not to pay it as they were using trickery to feed their municipality.
Stewart Levine October 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM
I think it is reverse discrimination, the refugees flooding into our country from 3rd world mexico and the blacks from sub sahara africa have made the white man an endangered species, soon to be extinct here in illinois. Care bear would like to point out a predominately european suburb and cry for affirmative action. The gays and lesbians do that too. If its a well to do quiet squeaky clean neighborhood, before you know it you're in the cross hairs of the barbarian hordes that collapsed the roman empire and once sacked rome.
Lived in 5 other metro areas... October 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
So many thoughts, here. The biggest one is that one someone lashes out, it is fear based. Fear for self or others safety. Then comes some anger, maybe alot, depending on how often this person or groups safety has been at risk. 3rd comes how to protect self and others. Once that is established, most want to rectify or fix problem. This is where most don't know what to do and cycle starts over again. It is viscous, stifling and adds to frustration. Thanks to those taking initiative to work on issues. Change can be awful and slow. But don't give up. Ask questions without the nastiness. Be gentle. Most people are trying.


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