Investigations Nab Alleged Frauds, Failed Break-in Attempt: Western Springs Police Blotter

Western Springs police reports, Nov. 12-19.


Someone's Been in the Concrete

Someone intentionally damaged a newly poured slab of concrete in the lower level of Spring Rock Park on Friday sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The damage was estimated at $300.


Holiday Lights Stolen

Someone stole several holiday light decorations from the front yard of a home on the 4000 block of Rose Avenue sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The value of the theft was not reported.


Teen Charged in Hit-and-Run

Timothy M. Taylor, 18, of the 1400 block of 52nd Place, La Grange, was arrested at the Western Springs Police Department at 11:45 a.m., police said. He was charged with leaving the scene of a non-injury vehicle crash at the corner of Ogden and Wolf avenues that occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m. Friday.


Indiana People Charged in Check Fraud

Ryan P. Chmielewski, 19, of 523 Ridgelawn Drive, Hobart, IN, and Lauren K. Holl, 23, of 9040 Ohio Place, Highland, IN, were arrested at the Western Springs Police Department at 5:30 p.m. and charged with using stolen personal checks to make $54 in purchases in an incident originally reported on Nov. 8, police said.

Failed Break-In in Springdale

Someone attempted to break into a home on the 5000 block of Caroline Avenue "with the likely intent to commit a burglary" sometime between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Police found that the rear entry door to the home was damaged wtih a "prying-type tool," but entry to the house was not gained. The damage to the door was estimated at $300.


Credit-Card Fraud Charge

Eric L. Johnson, 39, of the 3400 block of Kentshire Circle, Aurora, was arrested at the Western Springs Police Department after police said their investigation confirmed he had used a credit card stolen from the 4200 block of Clausen Avenue on September 13 to make unauthorized purchases totaling $321.

Wrong Part of the School?

A 16-year-old Western Springs boy was arrested at Lyons Township High School South Campus at 1:20 p.m. and charged with criminal trespass to school property during school hours.

And Here's Your Illegal Driver of the Week

Domenick Lo Cascio, 42, of the 5000 block of Wolf Road, was stopped for failure to signal at the corner of Park Place and Lawn Drive at 9:39 a.m. and was charged wtih driving on a suspended license, police said.


Police Blotter information is provided by local law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Linda Karaffa November 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
"And here's your illegal driver of the week"....driving illegally is not suppose to be reported with a witty catch phrase, in my opinion. We have plenty of fun news when the descriptive words can and should be smile worthy.
Darren McRoy November 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Seemed like we might get through just one week without one when I was doing this, but it was the very last item. There's always one, it seems... Thanks for the comment!
Heidi Thornton November 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I'm dying to know a bit more about the high school kid getting arrested for trespassing. Criminal Trespass to School Property? How does that happen? I'm trying to think of a possible scenario....the kid was in the teachers lounge, lurking??
Darren McRoy November 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I was a bit curious too, but you've put it over the top--I shot off an e-mail to the WSPD asking. They're usually good about responding, so we'll see!
Darren McRoy November 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Heard back. It was a North Campus junior who had been prohibited from going on South Campus grounds, and defied that.


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