Man Sleeping in Post Office, DUI, Loud Parties and More: La Grange Police Blotter

La Grange police reports, Sept. 7-9.


Dome Light Left On

Police checked on a vehicle that had left its dome light on at about 12:48 a.m. on the 300 block of west Burlington Avenue. When officers looked in the car, they saw an expensive looking camera in full view. The department contacted the owner, who said he would step out, turn the light off and bring the camera in.

Man Sleeping in Post Office

Someone alerted the police department at about 2:08 a.m. that there was a homeless man sleeping in the La Grange Post Office lobby. The man was sleeping beneath a counter top and was described as 45-50 years old, with a mustache and dark clothing. Police were told that the man had left, but that the caller would like a special watch of the post office overnight because they often frequent the post office late at night, and are constantly being harassed or frightened by the homeless in the post office.

Man in Hallway Reported

A homeless man was reported in the front hallway of a building on the 0-100 block of west Harris Avenue. Police warned the man and sent him on his way.

Theft Following Weekend Party

A caller told police at 3:07 p.m. that there was a theft from their apartment on the 300 block of Bluff Avenue last weekend after hosting a get together.

Suspicious Vehicle, Just Church members 

A caller told police around noon that they were concerned about a car that had been parked on the 100 block of Hayes Avenue for more than an hour with two people inside. Police spoke with two people in the car who said they were just walking the neighborhood and are from the Church of Latter Day Saints in La Grange Park.

Man Approaches Girl

A caller told police at 11:52 a.m. that a man in a navy blue minivan with a stripe approached his daughter and was asking her suspicious questions, such as whether she had a boyfriend. The girl ran to a friend’s apartment and the man was gone when she returned. Police searched the area for the vehicle, but did not find any vans meeting the description.

Loud Party

A loud party on the 400 block of south Catherine Avenue was reported at 12:08 a.m. The subjects at the party said they were celebrating a birthday and would bring the party inside for the night.

Police Leave Safety Notices

Police checked on a car with its door left open on the 500 block of south Ashland Avenue at about 2:47 a.m. Everything appeared to be fine to the officer, who shut the door and left a safety security notice for the owner.

Police located a car with its left front wheel on the curb on the 500 block of south Stone Avenue at about 3 a.m. The vehicle then left that area. At the same time, an officer noticed an open garage on that block. The officer secured the garage and left a safety security notice for the owner.

Business Hit With Scam

A business on the 0-100 block of north La Grange Road told police at 3:14 p.m. that it was the victim of a quick-change scam. The manager told police that two men got away with $180 about 15-20 minutes earlier. The manager did not know the direction they headed, or what the vehicle looked like. Police gave the manager information on what to do next time and said if the men returned they should call police.


Woman Wants Ex and Friend Gone

A caller on the 0-100 block of south Spring Avenue told police at 3:27 p.m. that two people were at her home and she wanted them gone. The two were an ex-boyfriend and his female friend, one of whom had shared the home with the caller previously. They had a prior arrangement to stay at the house before moving out, but the caller said she got jealous and wanted them to leave. She said she would honor the prior arrangement and they would be allowed to stay until Aug. 23.

Earrings Stolen

A business on the 100 block of Calendar Avenue told police at 4:49 p.m. that about 10 minutes before, a woman had stolen a pair of $80 earrings. The business said they had the woman on film and also have her phone. No further information was available at this time.

Dog and Owner Reunited 

A golden Labrador found on the 700 block of Ninth Avenue was reported to police at 6:43 p.m. The dog was reunited with its owner.

Keep the Noise Down

Loud noise coming from a house on the 500 block of Seventh Avenue was reported at 9:03 p.m. Police talked with the resident who said they would keep it down.

Garbage Left Out

A caller told police at 9:39 a.m. that about 20 bags of garbage were sitting on the 600 block of south Ninth Avenue and were not picked up by garbage collectors, presumably because the bags did not have stickers on them. Police advised a person who was planning an estate sale at the house to move them in until next week when they could be collected.

No License

Police charged Arturo Garcia-Gutierrez, 33, of the 3000 block of north Kilpatrick Avenue in Chicago, with driving without a license at La Grange Road and Hillgrove Avenue at 12:46 p.m.


White Van Incident

A caller reported to police that they believe there is consistent suspicious activity around a white van parked in a parking lot on the 100 block of Cossitt Avenue. At night, the caller said she could hear the doors of the van opening and closing. Police checked the area, but the van was gone on their arrival.

Late Night Rock Out

Loud music coming from a home on the 900 block of south Sixth Avenue was reported at 12:11 a.m. Police spoke with the resident, who said he would keep it down and close his doors.


A caller told police that a Blue Honda that was in the east bound turning lane at Ogden Avenue and La Grange Road at 3:31 a.m. with the driver slumped over the steering wheel. Police found the car and charged Steven M. Laniosz, 25, of the 500 block of east Lemoyne Avenue in Lombard with driving under the influence and three other citations.

Police Help Nurse With Patient

A nurse at La Grange Memorial Hospital requested police assistance with a combative patient in the emergency room at 4:27 p.m. Police gave assistance without incident.

Loud Customer

Brookfield police told La Grange police that they got a call from someone who said a man was yelling in a business on the 0-100 block of north La Grange Road. Police spoke with management at the business, who said a customer got a little loud due to an issue with change. He had left the business without incident.

Suspicious Vehicle Reported

A caller reported a suspicious vehicle on the 900 block of south Sixth Avenue at 10:48 a.m. Police checked, but did not find a vehicle.

You've Won!

A resident came to the police department at 10:58 a.m. to report that he received a recorded message telling him he had won $450,000 but that he would need to send $450 in order to collect the winnings. He wanted the scam reported as a matter of record.

Wallet Found

A police officer was handed a wallet that was found on the 200 block of south Madison Avenue at 11:39 a.m. Police called the owner who said he would collect it.

Late Night B-Ball Session

Police were called to Elm Park at 4:06 a.m. for a report of suspicious people in the park. Police spoke with three people who were playing basketball. They were advised that the park was closed and sent on their way.

Zeb Shepherd September 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Remove the homeless from our neighborhoods please. This is not Portland, Oregon.
Patrick Walsh September 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM
what does Portland, Oregon have to do with ANYTHING????


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