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.
• American Bank and Trust, located at 8 S. Main St., reported an incident on Sep. 16 of identity theft. Reports say a black female with an Arizona drivers license withdrew $4,000 and $2,000 from the savings account of the individual. The woman was able to give the correct social security number of the victim. The actual holder of the account filed a police report on Sep. 20 after her wallet was stolen from a Chicago bar on July 3. The money has been redeposited by the bank. Police are investigating.
• A complaint of “malicious mischief” was reported Nov. 5 by a resident in the 300 block of Shannon Street when six male juveniles picked up a pumpkin from the property and smashed it in the driveway.
• The BP Amoco at 940 N. Main St. reported a retail theft on Nov. 6 when a man entered the store and took an unknown quantity of nacho cheese chips, “Naked” Juice, and Starbuck’s Vanilla Frappuccino drinks and left without paying. The owner followed the man, who made an obscene gesture. Reports say he drove off in a silver 2004 Nissan Carryall with another individual. Police are investigating.
• The Elburn Car Wash, at 120 W. Nebraska St., on Nov. 2 reported $500 worth of damage to a vacuum that was apparently struck by a vehicle and broken from its concrete mounting slab. Police found blue paint on the base mount believed to be from the vehicle.
• St. Charles police arrested Robert A. Pruett, 18, of the 1100 block of Motz St., Elburn, in connection with a strong-arm robbery of a custodian at a Munhall Elementary School in St. Charles on Sep. 29. Reports say Pruett was taken into custody Oct. 26 by members of the North Central Narcotics Task force while trying to leave the state. According to reports, the custodian was attacked in the cafeteria after he heard voices. He reportedly was punched and thrown to the ground by two men who then took his wallet. Police say a third man waited inside the school. Reports say Pruett is also charged with forgery after trying to cash an allegedly forged check on Oct. 26. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information can call the St. Charles Police at (630) 377-4435.
• Juan C. Espinoza, 31, of the 500 block of Spencer Street in Aurora, was charged with with two counts of driving under the influence (Class 4 felonies A1 and A2), and was also issued citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and not having a valid driver’s license, after police stopped him while traveling north on Route 47 on Oct. 30. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, police detected an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle and asked Espinoza if he had been drinking. Espinoza told police he’d “had a few too many,” and was asked to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. Espinoza failed all three tests and was placed under arrest.
• Israel Gonzalez Corral, 28, of the 900 block of Austin Avenue in Aurora, was taken into custody and issued an ordinance violation for possession of cannabis, less than 2.5 grams, as well as citations for over-length vehicle violation and not having a valid driver’s license on Nov. 2 after police performed a traffic stop on a tractor trailer traveling on Galena Boulevard. While making contact with Corral, police detected an odor of burnt cannabis emitting from the vehicle. Corral denied having any cannabis in the vehicle, at which time a drug-sniffing K9 dog was requested by police and brought to the scene. The K9 alerted police to cannabis that was on the floor of the vehicle and in the ashtray.
• The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a traffic crash that occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Nov. 5 near Main Street and County Line roads in unincorporated Kaneville Township. The crash involved an empty semi tractor and a Chevrolet Impala.
The driver and sole occupant of the Chevy, Ryan Siebenbrodt, 30, of Des Monies, Iowa, was airlifted from the scene with apparent non life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi, Walter Seilheimer, 66, of Sandwich, Ill., was uninjured.
• A suspect initially charged with burglary to a motor vehicle in a Kane County forest preserve on Oct. 31 has now been charged with 16 additional counts related to motor vehicle burglaries.
Miguel A. Gonzalez, 28, of the 400 block of Franklin Boulevard in Elgin, remains in the Kane County Jail on nine felony counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and eight misdemeanor counts of theft.
Forest Preserve District of Kane County police arrested Gonzalez in Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve on Oct. 31, with assistance from South Elgin police.
More than 20 “smash and grab” burglaries have taken place in the Kane County forest preserves over the past few months, prompting district police to increase surveillance, add safety advisory signage to all preserve kiosks, and post additional safety advisory signs at frequently targeted preserves. Forest Preserve District police are now cooperating with other local agencies to see if Gonzalez may be involved in additional vehicle burglaries outside the Kane County area.