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No bond in Valentine’s Day pipe attack in Elgin

Updated: March 25, 2013 6:42AM


No bond in pipe attack: Bail was denied for Randall S. Sinks, 27, of the 500 block of Douglas Avenue, Elgin, after an alleged pipe attack at his estranged wife’s house on Valentine’s Day. Sinks is accused of two Class X felony charges of home invasion, felony counts of aggravated battery and trespass, and misdemeanor counts of violation of an order of protection and domestic battery. According to police, he entered his estranged wife’s new home and assaulted a man there with a pipe before leaving the scene. About three hours after the attack, police said, at about 12:40 a.m. Feb. 15, Sinks reportedly stepped in front of a semi on Route 20 east of McLean Boulevard and was hit by the truck. He was hospitalized afterward and later was arrested after he was released by the hospital, police said. His next court date was set for March 7.

Jewelry gone: A burglar entered a townhouse in the 1000 block of Iroquois Drive between noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 17 and stole several pieces of jewelry, police reported this week. Missing were a men’s gold ring engraved with the head of the Virgin Mary and a red stone; a men’s gold ring with a black stone; and a monogrammed bracelet with the initials ATR. Other items had been moved but not stolen, and a resident told police she couldn’t figure out how the intruder got in.

Hail-damage scam: Police say a contractor who was accused by an Elginite of fraud also has been listed as a suspect in four other Elgin fraud reports. The latest victim said the contractor stopped by his home along Melrose Court in November 2011 and saw that his home’s roof and gutters had hail damage. The victim said he filed a claim with his insurance company and it sent him a check for the damage, which he signed over to the contractor. However, the contractor never showed up last year as he had promised to do the actual repairs, the man said.

Burglars run: A woman told police she saw a teenager burglarizing her car in the 100 block of Joslyn Drive about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, while six other teens watched. She ran outside to confront them and the seven ran off, she said, but they already had stolen her cellphone charger.

Going camping?: Jacob Laurance, 18, of the 1000 block of Byron Lane, Elgin, was charged with felony retail theft Wednesday after being accused of stealing a tent, a canopy, a backpack and an air mattress from the Meijer store at 815 S. Randall Road on Feb. 15. Police said an officer recognized his face while looking at a police department bulletin of various crime suspects’ pictures taken from video surveillance photos. Laurance already was out on bond on another shoplifting charge, police said. Meijer officials said the camping-oriented thief loaded all that merchandise into a shopping cart and simply wheeled it out of the store without paying.

ID theft: An Elgin man told police Thursday that when he tried to set up a satellite TV account with the Dish Network, the company told him somebody else already had opened such an account in his name at an undisclosed address. Earlier this month, another Elgin man began receiving calls from a bill collector for unpaid bills on another Dish Network account opened in that man’s name.


Car hits pole: Two people were injured when a car hit a pole Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Deputy Chief Trevor Herrmann said the crash occurred at 3:18 p.m. at Brier Hill and Big Timber roads. One person had to be extricated from the vehicle, he said. Ambulances took both to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with injuries not deemed to be life-threatening.

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