Updated: January 29, 2013 6:32AM
Major loss: Burglars who struck while homeowners were away for just a little more than an hour stole almost $6,000 worth of items on Dec. 20, according to a police report released this week. The family, who live in the 1200 block of Longford Circle, said that when they returned at 1:30 p.m., they found a rear sliding door ajar, the front door unlocked and all three bedrooms ransacked. Missing were $50 cash, two Walkman media players, a cellphone, for sets of earrings, seven rings, two watches, 10 necklaces and six bracelets.
Intruder grabs purse: A man who is missing both legs and several fingers told police that while he was sitting inside his apartment in the 1100 block of Todd Farm Drive at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, a man walked in through an unlocked patio door, grabbed his purse containing $100 cash and some credit cards, then ran away. However, the man’s wife reportedly told police her husband had been drinking and she believes he actually lost the purse while he was outside buying cigarettes earlier in the afternoon.
Chasing runners: In a report releasd this week, two police officers said they were talking to each other in a parking lot at Jewett and Standish streets at about 11:35 p.m. Dec. 21 when they saw two young men running down Jewettt, pursued by a black SUV. The officers said they apprehended the two running youths, one of whom smelled strongly of marijuana, and took them to the home where one of them lived, on Holly Street. The youths explained that they had been running away from gang members in the SUV who believed they belonged to a rival gang. However, the officers reported that while they were speaking with the youths, the 16-year-old brother of one became angry and physically aggressive, claiming they had stopped the running youths only because the officers were racists. The original young men were released without charges but the officers ended up arresting the brother on charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. The brother was released to his mother pending juvenile court action.
Lights cause fire: An overnight fire that caused about $75,000 in damage to a home may have been caused by outdoor holiday lights, fire officials said Thursday morning. Residents of the home in the 300 block of Laurel Lane discovered smoke in the house, got out and called 911 about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a release from the Streamwood Fire Department. When firefighters got to the home they found a large fire in the front of the building. They quickly extinguished the blaze and extension into the home was minimal. Fire damaged the front exterior of the house and the roof. According to the fire department, the fire appeared to have originated on the exterior of the home, and may have involved holiday lights. The investigation into the exact cause was ongoing.
Crash on Melms: One person was injured when a car went off the road and crashed at 6 a.m. Thursday along Melms Road east of New Lebanon Road. Trevor Herrmann, deputy chief of the Hampshire Fire Protection District, said the person was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with non-life-threatening injuries.