Updated: March 12, 2014 6:21AM
Facebook boyfriend takes items: An Elgin woman told police that a man she had struck up a friendship with on Facebook apparently took her cellphone, boots and just under $100 in cash following a liaison between the two early Saturday morning. The woman told police the man, whom she had met on Facebook 10 months earlier but had never met in person before, had gotten a hotel room together after he arrived from Berwyn. She woke up later to discover the missing items, and the hotel clerk said the man had checked out at about 2 a.m., taking the room deposit with him.
Van stolen by friend: A Raymond Street resident told police the man who had been watching his house and pets while he was out of town frequently for work, and who occasionally lived in the home, may have stolen his 1996 Dodge Caravan. The victim told police he had gotten new Illinois plates for the minivan, which currently has Florida plates, but because of the snow and cold he left the new plates in the van for the time being. When he returned home later, the friend was gone, as was the van.
Felony retail theft charged: Sarah E. Bradley, 23, of Chicago, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of retail theft with a previous conviction and a misdemeanor charge of possession of cannabis following her arrest Sunday. According to police, Bradley is accused of packing items into a reusable shopping bag and walking out of the Meijer store, 815 S. Randall Road, without paying for the $250 in items. She had less than a gram of marijuana in her possession when she was arrested, police said. Bail was set at $10,000, and she was given a Feb. 19 court date.
Battery to cop, Taser used: Gustavo Vasquez Alcazar, 38, of the 100 block of South Porter Street, Elgin, was charged with a Class 2 felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer, a Class 4 felony count of resisting or obstructing an officer, and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery following an incident Sunday. According to police, officers were called to the home about 8:45 p.m. and found Alcazar attempting to break off an oven door or climb into an open oven. When he noticed the officer, police said, he then punched the officer several times. Officers used a Taser gun to subdue Alcazar, official said. Bail was set at $30,000, and he was given a Feb. 19 court date.
Charges in car, computer thefts: Eric M. Perez, 36, of the 700 block of Logan Avenue, Elgin, was charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and theft. He is accused of taking a family member’s desktop Mac computer on Dec. 24. He also is accused of stealing, and later crashing, a neighbor’s Chevy Malibu later the same day. The car had been left warming up in the neighbor’s driveway on the 100 block of Logan Avenue when it was taken. According to police, the car was later involved in a police chase in Arlington Heights and a hit-and-run in North Chicago. Perez was arrested on unrelated warrants Saturday in Elgin, police said. Bail was set at $125,000 on all charges, and he was given a Feb. 19 court date.
DUI charges: Idayd R. Gonzalez, 32, of the 1800 block of College Green Drive, Elgin, was charged with felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence on a suspended license and DUI causing great bodily harm following an incident Saturday. According to police, officers were called to the 200 block of South State Street at 5:45 a.m. for a traffic crash, where Gonzalez’s car allegedly crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle sustained a broken leg in the crash, officials said.
$85,000 fire damage: Damage has been estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $35,000 to contents from a fire that struck a house near the Fox River in South Elgin on Friday. Deputy Fire Chief Bert Lancaster said neighbors noticed that the house owned by John Krogsrud at 976 Robertson Road was burning and called 911. When firefighters arrived, smoke and fire were coming through the roof. He said the occupant was not aware of the fire that was developing in his attic until the neighbors alerted him. South Elgin Fire Protection District called in mutual-aid help from the Elgin, Bartlett, Pingree Grove, Fox River, Elburn, St. Charles, Hanover Park, Geneva, Batavia and Hampshire fire departments. The flames were not wholly extinguished for more than three hours. Lancaster said the fire apparently was started by electrical problems in a ceiling fan.