Thursday, September 6, 2012
Geneva police reports: Two bicycles locked and left at the train station are stolen at about the same time period.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Rick Nagel
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Bicycles left for long periods at the train station and in danger of getting stolen—even if they're secured with a lock. Two Geneva police reports showed bicycles were taken on or about Aug. 28. In both cases, the victims were commuters, the bicycle locks were also taken, and the bikes were left unattended for long periods of time. Here are the reports: Theft Under $500—Someone took a red and black men’s Hard Rock Sport bicycle with lock from outside the Geneva train depot, sometime between 5:20 p.m. Aug. 27 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 29, Geneva police reports said. Reports said the owner generally rides the train to Geneva, then rides his bicycle from the train depot to his place of work, Altech Environmental on Kaneville Road. The bicycle was …
Friday, July 27, 2012
A 56-year-old woman is accused of withdrawing funds from an elderly customer's account.
After a six-month investigation, a 56-year-old St. Charles woman was charged with financial exploitation of the elderly, forgery and felony theft, police said. Police arrested Lynn A. Pranga, 283 Fairhaven Drive, St. Charles, after an investigation revealed the former branch manager of an MB Financial Bank violated a customer's account by making unauthorized withdrawals of an account between 2009 and 2011. The investigation began Jan. 11 after an elderly MB Financial Bank customer reported to bank officials that his five-year certificate of deposit had been changed to a one-year CD and was worth far less than when it started out. Officials from the bank at 2607 Lincoln Highway told the customer that records showed several withdrawals had …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Recent thefts under $300 and over $500 in the area.
Theft Under $300 Geneva Police received a report on Wednesday, July 11 of a slate yard marker with the inscription "Home of the Hawkeyes" missing from the front yard of a home in the 600 block of Lexington Drive. It was valued at $16.99. Theft Over $500 A 2010 black specialized Sirrus hybrid bicycle valued at about $600 was reported missing sometime between June 25 and July 2. The bike was secured in the bike rack on the north side of the railroad tracks at the Metra train depot. Patch reports on law enforcement activity in Geneva, using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime, or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Stephen LeMaire, former streets superintendent, changed his not guilty plea to guilty for a probation and community service sentence.
Former Geneva Street Superintendant Stephen LeMaire pleaded guilty to theft, a Class 1 felony, and agreed to repay the more than $28,000 he reportedly stole from the city using his department's credit card for personal purchases. LeMaire, 55, of the 400 block of Banbury Avenue, Elburn, previously pleaded not guilty last March, but changed that plea to guilty in court on June 29. LeMaire was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' probation and 100 hours of community service for the guilty plea. LeMaire will also be paying the City of Geneva $28,478.10 in restitution in payments of at least $200 every month until paid. As previously reported in Patch, the city credit card charges were discovered when Geneva Public Works Director Dan Dinges …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Geneva Police Reports: A person or persons apparently gets away with a 2008 Mitzubishi fork lift near Jo-Ann Fabrics.
There's something you don't see every day. Someone took a 2008 Mitzubishi fork lift from the parking lot of a business in the 700 block of Commons Drive sometime between 1:30 p.m. June 5 and 2 p.m. June 7, Geneva police reports said. According to reports, police spoke by phone to a representative of a North Carolina company doing work at Jo-Ann Fabrics, 714 Commons Drive. The man told police that his company had rented equipment, including a fork lift, from an Aurora company and that someone had removed the fork lift sometime after the shift ended at 1:30 p.m. June 5. A driver from the rental company went to pick up the fork lift at around 2 p.m. June 7 and reported it missing. A manager said someone had come to pick up the fork lift and …
Monday, June 18, 2012
It's the way of the world: When something goes missing, you've got to make a lot of phone calls and e-mails, then file a police report.
Door-to-door delivery, e-mail and automated phone systems make life easier and more efficient sometimes. At other times—when something goes wrong—it a resolution takes days of time and effort, and in the end, there's a police report and more days of time and effort. This "Theft Under $500" from Geneva Police Department reports is interesting, if only because it's emblematic of the times—for better or worse. Someone took a package that United Parcel Service had delivered to the front door of his home in the 300 block of Diane Court sometime around 2:21 p.m. June 1, Geneva police reports said. The customer told police he received an e-mail at home saying the package had been delivered at 2:21 p.m., so he immediately went to the porch and …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the St. Charles Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Call it the case of the missing case. Or, voila! The viola is missing. Probably that's too flip a lead for a serious incident in which an expensive string instrument went missing at a local grade school. A rented viola valued at $650 was reported stolen by the mother of a St. Charles elementary school student, St. Charles police said. According to the police report, the complainant said her daughter last had it at Lincoln Elementary. She told police she and her daughter looked for the viola at the school but were not successful in locating it. A police report was filed so an insurance claim could be filed. Patch reports on law enforcement activity in our town, using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime…
Monday, March 19, 2012
Police reports: It is amazing what some people will steal.
It is often curious what people will steal. Our most-recent collection from the Geneva Police Department blotter confirms that. Even a pelican yard decoration, if it's not securly fastened, can fly away. Here are three items, all in the category of theft under $500. Someone took a 20-inch concrete pelican yard ornament from the yard of a home in the 1100 block of Appleton Lane sometime between noon March 4 and 7 a.m. March 5, reports said. The ornament was located near the front door of the residence and was valued at $100. Someone removed the registration sticker from the license plate of a vehicle parked in the 0-100 block of South Second Street, reports said. The theft took place sometime between Jan. 25 and 11:11 p.m. March 6, …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Miscellaneous mischief: Student hopes Apple can help catch a thief.
A car burglary and theft from a high school locker were about it for the miscellaneous mischief collected last week from Geneva police reports. But both are a little interesting, one because of the method a student wants to use "to catch a thief," the other because of what was inside the cigarette case. Theft Under $500—A Geneva High School student reported to police that someone took an iPod Touch from his gym locker at Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave., sometime prior to 2 p.m. Nov. 17, reports said. The student asked to file a formal report so that Apple could attempt to locate the device via GPS. Police also entered the iPod description into the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). Burglary—Someone took a cigarette case …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Police reports show that projectors at Geneva High School have been stolen at least five times since March.
For at least the fifth time this year, someone has stolen an LCD projector from Geneva High School. According to Geneva Police Department reports, an unknown person took an LCD projector from the high school at 416 McKinley Ave. sometime around 7:40 a.m. Nov. 23. The LCD is valued at $800. The projector was taken from a classroom, where it was left unsecured, reports said. Earlier in the month, a video projector from a classroom at the high school, as well. That happened sometime between 2:45 p.m. Nov. 4 and 7:40 a.m. Nov. 7, and the projector also was valued at about $800, according to the reports. A projector was taken from a classroom at the high school sometime between 3:50 p.m. April 5 and 7:45 a.m. April 6. That projector was valued …