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Cars burglarized at The Center

PALOS PARK POLICE

Two cars parked at The Center, 12700 S. Southwest Highway, were burglarized on July 25, according to Palos Park police. Both victims told police they arrived at the site at about 5 p.m. and discovered the crimes about 90 minutes later when they returned to their vehicles. One victim, a 27-year-old Hampshire man, said that $60 cash was missing from his car, which he had not locked. The other victim, a 30-year-old Winfield woman, said her driver’s side window was smashed and her purse was missing. Inside the purse, she said, were her cell phone, driver’s license, $30 cash, $100 in gas station gift cards, and several credit and debit cards. She later learned that one of her debit cards was used at two gas stations on Chicago’s South Side, to make purchases of more than $130. Police advised her to cancel her cards and checking account.

Cops warn ‘one-ring’ cell phone
scam calls are dialing in Palos

Palos Park police is warning that residents are receiving the “one-ring” cell phone scam with increased frequency.

Police warn cell phone users of the scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement.

It’s called the “One Ring” scam because the scammers program computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once and then disconnect. The scammers then hope you are curious enough about the phone call that you return the call right away.

When the cell phone owner returns the call, they are charged $19.95 for an international call fee. After that, there is a $9 per minute charge. It’s reported that often they will first hear music followed by advertising.

Consumers who have been duped by these calls report that they are coming from the Caribbean Islands including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.

If a person thinks they may have fallen for this scam, they should immediately alert their cell phone carrier and keep an eye on their cell phone bill. The earlier they document the fraud, the better their chances of having some or all of the charges removed.

The best thing to do if your phone rings and it’s an international number you don’t recognize, don’t answer it and don’t call back.

In other Palos Park police news, Mohammad N. Zagloul, 23, of Orland Park, was charged with reckless driving, following too closely, improper passing, and possession of cannabis. While driving his vehicle south in the 12200 block of South Southwest Highway at 3:27 a.m. last Thursday, Zagloul allegedly pulled up behind a police car at a high rate of speed and then passed it while making an obscene gesture, according to the police report. Police curbed Zagloul’s vehicle several blocks south. A search of the vehicle yielded a plastic bag containing cannabis, police said. Zagloul is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeview on Aug. 28.

Police charged Christian K. Simic, 21, of Palos Park, with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police stopped his SUV in the 8600 block of West Iroquois Road after he allegedly ran a stop sign. A search of the vehicle yielded a smoking pipe, according to the police report. Simic was given a hearing date of Sept. 3 at the Kaptur Administrative Center.

Kenneth M. Lake, 23, of Joliet, was charged with driving on a suspended license, as well as failure to wear a seatbelt. Police stopped his vehicle in the 12300 block of South 83rd Avenue at 9:21 a.m. July 26. He is set to appear in court in Bridgeview on Aug. 28.

Yadel Louis-Charles, 32, of Round Lake, was charged with driving on a suspended license. His car was pulled over by police in the 9700 block of West 125th Street at noon July 28, after they conducted a random plate check. Bond was set at $1,500, and Louis-Charles was given a court date of Aug. 28 in Bridgeview.

Police charged Jaime L. McGhee, 31, of Chicago with driving on a suspended license, as well as operating a vehicle with a broken tail light. Police curbed her car in the 12300 block of South La Grange Road at 10:26 p.m. Aug. 5. Bond was set at $1,500, and McGhee is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeview on Aug. 28.

 

 

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