Army veteran reports being scammed
November 12, 2012 6:22PM
Updated: December 14, 2012 6:17AM
Aid fraud reported: A recently discharged Army veteran told police she has probably been scammed out of $885. She said her family has financial troubles and that she has been applying for various Defense Department aid programs. When someone phoned her last week with word that she had won a grant of more than $7,000, she assumed that was what he was talking about. On the caller’s request, she said, she wired first $270, then $585, via Western Union to a man in India to cover fees and taxes. But when another caller asked for yet another $1,000 wire transfer, she refused and called police.
Robbed and beaten: A man told officers he was robbed and beaten while walking along North Spring Street somewhere north of Kimball Street at about 9:10 p.m. on Nov. 6, police reported recently. The man said a car stopped behind him, three men got out, and they hit and kicked him, then took his wallet. The wallet contained only his ID cards and driver’s license, and less than $20 cash, but was itself worth about $300, the man said. He was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin with a head cut and possible broken ribs.
Rock-throwing, umbrella-toting burglar: A family in the 800 block of Kate Street said somebody broke into their home between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, police reported recently. They said that when they came home, they found a bathroom window broken, a rock in the bathroom sink, a dent in the wall above the sink, and two laptop computers missing. Police also found a black umbrella in the backyard, and a woman who lives across the street reported that a black umbrella had disappeared from an umbrella stand on her front porch the same day.
Shot BBs at police cars: Two young Bartlett men are being accused of shooting at two police cars and a store window with a BB gun. Police said Casey R. Lanis, 22, of the 1400 block of Polo Drive, was charged Friday with three misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property. Matthew D. Weber, 21, of the 1300 block of Hunter Drive, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of criminal damage to states-supported property and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property. Police allege that Lanis and Weber used a BB gun to damage the passenger-side window of a Bartlett Police Department patrol vehicle that was parked at the 7-Eleven in the 1500 block of Route 59 on Oct. 8. Lanis and Weber also were accused of using a BB gun to damage a DuPage County sheriff’s patrol vehicle that was parked on Northgate Drive on Oct. 8 and the window of the Radio Shack store in the 800 block of Route 59 on Oct. 16. Lanis was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond on Monday; Weber was taken to the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on Friday.