Skokie crime briefs
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:42AM
Armed man spotted by woman
A woman told police she saw a man carrying a rifle with a scope while wearing green and black camouflage fatigues, a dark skull cap and a black vest at 10:22 p.m., Dec. 22 on the 8500 block of McCormick Boulevard. Responding to a call from the witness, police broke through a locked rear yard fence and set up a perimeter in the area. Police said the man was not found.
Music player taken
An Apple iPod Touch and case valued at $415 were taken between 8 a.m. and noon Dec. 21 from Niles West High School on the 5700 block of Oakton Street. Police said the items were taken from the victim’s locker at school.
Air conditioner stolen
An air conditioner unit was taken between 3 p.m. and 3:53 p.m., Nov. 19 from the rear of Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe on the 4100 block of Main Street. The electrical line and other lines had been cut, police said. A new unit will cost between $3,000 and $4,000, police said.
Money taken in home burglary
Cash totaling $3,000 was taken between 2:16 p.m. and 2:50 p.m., Dec. 20 from a home on the 9000 block of Tripp Avenue. A back patio door was forced open to gain entry, police said. Drawers, dressers and night stands in three upstairs bedrooms were rummaged through and the money was taken from a bathroom drawer, police said.
Two pairs of designer sunglasses valued at $580 were taken Dec. 20 from the Sunglass Hut at Westfield Old Orchard. The store manager told police that five people who entered the store are believed to have taken the glasses.
Counterfeit money identified
A Skokie resident received $350 in counterfeit money when he sold a cell phone on Craig’s List on Nov. 19 outside the victim’s home on the 8500 block of Niles Center Road. Police were planning to hand over the money to the Secret Service.
Home, car vandalized
A concrete brick was thrown through a residential window between 2:23 a.m. and 2:25 a.m., Dec. 26 on the 8800 block of Lockwood Avenue. The damage is estimated at $300. The rear driver’s side window of the victims’ vehicle was also smashed, causing $200 in damage, police said. The case is still under investigation.
Currency totaling $1,000 was taken between 11:45 a.m. Dec. 18 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 on the 3400 block of Oakton Street. Police said the victim withdrew the cash from her bank, put it in her purse and returned to work. She left the purse in a locked office and when she next checked it, the money was gone, according to police.
A video game player, an Apple iPod and miscellaneous jewelry were taken between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Dec. 22 from a home on the 8000 block of Kilpatrick Avenue. Police said the rear apartment door was forced open and two bedrooms, the kitchen and the front living room were ransacked.