OMG PD: Drivers Duel, Chump Check, Thirsty Thieves
Here's a round-up of recent and bizarre police report items from the area.
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.
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.
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.
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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