Wilmette Blotter: Man Dismantles Gas Pump to Steal Fuel

The following arrest information was provided by the Wilmette Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this blotter, contact: jordan.s.graham@gmail.com.

These were the major crimes, thefts, burglaries reported by the .

Gasoline Theft

Police responded to a theft of gasoline report from a gas station in the 900 block of Green Bay Road at 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 8. According to the report, a gas station employee told the responding officer that a man in his 20s used an unknown tool to pry the front panel off the gas pump and bypass the payment system in order to obtain free gasoline. The man then drove away. Police reported that the man had used a credit card to start the gas pump, charging only $2 worth of gasoline before breaking into to the system. The station employee was able to write down the car’s license plate number, and the plate was traced to a car owned by a Chicago man. The case has reportedly been forwarded to the investigations division.

Skateboard Theft

A skateboard valued at approximately $250 was stolen from a 15-year-old in the 1100 block of Wilmette Ave. at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. The victim reportedly told police that he had left the board outside when he entered a nearby eatery, but that at some point the board was taken. Police reported that Wilmette 911 dispatchers later received multiple calls from juveniles who claimed they saw two teenagers riding the board near the intersection of 17th Street and Lake Avenue. Police said they were unable to locate the board or offenders when they arrived at the scene.

Statue Theft

A two-and-one-half foot cement garden statue of St. Francis was stolen from the backyard of a residence in the 600 block of 5th Street sometime between 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. No valuation estimate of the statue was provided.

Residential Burglary

Several purses and belts were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 700 block of Laramie Avenue sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 10. According to the report, the offender entered the residence through a kitchen window and ransacked the master bedroom.

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