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Wilmette Police Blotter: Teens Scare Store Patrons with Cap Gun, Masks

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.

Earlier: Teens Light Tire Fire Near School with Portable Propane Tank

Disorderly Conduct

Three 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old were arrested in the 700 block of Park Avenue shortly after 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 6 after police received multiple reports of masked subjects shooting a gun from a car at customers in the parking lot of a nearby business. According to the police report, the teens had recently purchased hockey masks and a cap gun from the nearby store. The teens were taken into custody, interviewed by police and released to their parents.

A woman told police that five or six teens set fire to a sweatshirt in the skate park at the Wilmette Park District Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, sometime shortly before 5:56 p.m. on Oct. 7. According to the police report, the woman said that she was walking through the parking lot and saw smoke. Soon after, she observed three to four teens jumping over a small fire. The offenders had left the scene by the time police arrived.

Criminal Damage

An unknown offender forced open a temporary wooden construction door to gain entry to a business located in the 500 block of Green Bay Road sometime before 5:35 a.m. on Oct. 7. According to the police report, the door had been secured by a padlock and a metal latch, but the offender had broken the wooden door to gain entry. No property was reported missing.

Identity Theft

A Wilmette woman living in the 4000 block of Fairway Drive told police that she received a text message at 11:11 a.m. on Oct. 6 from a number claiming that it had a Citibank alert for her. According to the police report, the woman clicked a link within the text message, entered her account information and password, but became suspicious when she was redirected to an unknown website. The woman contacted Citibank, changed her account number and password, and reported the incident to police. Wilmette police attempted to call the number that sent the text message but, after dialing, heard only a dial tone on the other end of the phone line.

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