Updated: November 16, 2013 6:12AM
Rammed, robbed, beaten: A 50-year-old West Dundee man was robbed and beaten on Elgin’s near west side, he told police Thursday. The man said he had bought a bottle of vodka at a liquor store at Walnut and Wilcox avenues, a little before midnight Wednesday night. Seeing two cars blocking traffic ahead of his car on Walnut, he said, he drove northbound on Wilcox. But somewhere along Wilcox between Erie and Chicago streets, he said, another car drove up behind him and rammed his car in the rear. When he got out to investigate, he said, three men who had been in the other car began beating him and twisting his ankle, and they stole his vodka plus $120 from one of his pockets. Police said that when the man later called them from Advocate Sherman Hospital, he had a badly bruised face, a “road rash injury” to the back of his head and a swollen ankle.
Car bombed at repair shop: Someone set off some kind of explosive device in or under a car that had been left to be repaired at Chihuahua Tires, at 533 N. State St., police reported Monday. The tire shop owner told officers that he noticed damage to the car on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 16. Later checking a video surveillance recording, he saw that a man had approached the car at about 10:30 p.m. on the night before and set off some kind of explosion. Investigators said they found remnants of an explosive device.
Drunken man mugged: Police hope video surveillance records will help catch a strong-arm robber who struck on Elgin’s near east side at about 4 a.m. Saturday. According to reports released Monday, an intoxicated 52-year-old Elgin man told police that as he was unchaining his bike behind a building in the 200 block of Villa Street, a man grabbed him, stole his wallet and threw him to the ground, injuring his face. The wallet contained only papers and his state ID card, the man told officers.