Wilmette Police Blotter: Business Owner Says $26,200 Theft Violates Mongolian Buyout Receipt

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.

Theft Report

The owner of a Wilmette business located in the 400 block of Skokie Boulevard told police on Oct. 5 that his old business partner had withdrawn $26,200 from a business account. According to the police report, the current owner said he had paid the former partner $33,000 for his share of the business.

The owner presented police with a handwritten letter, signed by the former partner, and claimed the letter was a receipt that acknowledged the buyout payment. However, police reported they could not read the letter, as it was written in Mongolian.

The current owner told police that he was in the process of removing his former business partner from the bank account when the money was withdrawn. Police contacted the business partner, who reportedly said that he was the primary account holder, that the money in the account was his, that he never signed a receipt indicating that he had received $33,000 for his share of the business and that he had never gotten a buyout payment. Police reported they told the offender that his signature from the bank withdrawal form matched the one on the Mongolian receipt.

Police told the business owner the disagreement may be a civil matter instead of a criminal one. The case has been forwarded to Wilmette detectives.


A 45-year-old Wilmette woman told police on Oct. 12 that someone had been fraudulently using her social security number for approximately 10 months. According to the police report, the woman said that she had gone to file for unemployment benefits but was unable to collect after she was informed that someone else had been using her social security number. A Lansing woman whom the victim denied knowing was identified as the potential offender.

Driving Without a Valid License

Bernadette K. McCahill, 35, of 729 Lavergne Ave., Wilmette, was charged with driving on a revoked license after police stopped her in the 3200 block of Wilmette Avenue at 9:38 a.m. on Oct. 9 for a minor traffic violation.


A sailboat trailer valued at $400 was stolen from the parking lot of a sailing beach located at 100 Lake Ave. sometime between noon on Sept. 30 and noon on Oct. 6. According to the police report, the victim told police that he had chained the trailer to a post in his specified parking space near the beach, but that when he returned several days later, the chain had been cut and the trailer was gone.

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