The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
• Police received a report on Sept. 25 that a Garmin Nevi GPS system was missing from an unlocked 2007 Jeep Limited parked on the 100 block of Corrigan Street in Elburn. Reports say the contents of the glove box were found on the driver’s seat and a purse containing money was untouched.
• Harry Tuggles, 55, and Lynwood Davis, 56, both of Aurora, were charged with theft from Union Pacific property after police were notified Sept. 28 that an LED Safe Tron railroad crossing signal light and housing were missing from a Union Pacific storage shed at Gates and the Union Pacific right of way. Witnesses said a dark colored pickup with yellow signs and writing on the doors was seen in the area, matching the description of a vehicle seen in August following the theft of signal lamps at the same location. Police discovered the vehicle near Main Street and Route 38 with Tuggles and Davis. Both posted bond and will be in court on Nov. 4.
• Thomas J. Schmit, 60, of Frederick, Md., was arrested Sept. 30 for an outstanding DuPage County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI warrant. Police responded to a fight at Knuckleheads Bar, where according to reports, Schmit was found intoxicated and bleeding. The other individual had fled the scene. Schmit posted bond and will be in court on Nov. 2.
• The Elburn Herald reported to police that an unknown company in St. Petersburg, Russia, attempted to withdraw more than $21,000 from its Elburn bank account. The bank recognized the attempt as fraudulent and did not release funds. There was no monetary loss for either party.
• The Kane County States Attorney’s Office authorized multiple counts, including a Class X felony, against a Campton Hills father after injuries were discovered on the man’s 6-year-old daughter. Warrants were issued for Matthew J. Gumbel, 34, of Campton Hills, for Aggravated Battery to a Child Under 13 (class X felony) along with Aggravated Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery. Bond is set at $200,000.
The non-life threatening injuries were discovered by personnel at the child’s school. The Department of Children and Family Services were contacted, who took protective custody of the child as well as another 12-year-old living in the residence. The injuries were allegedly caused by Gumbel while disciplining the daughter.
Both children are currently in shelter care outside of the home.