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The Police Blotter is not intended as a complete list of all calls the police department responded to. Any incident under investigation is not published while the investigation is underway. No juvenile reports are ever published. Domestics and personal matters are not published if public safety is not threatened.

The following incidents, crimes and arrests are from official police reports. Readers are reminded that these reports are the result of on view situations or as related to the officer by a complainant.
Guilt of any party is the sole jurisdiction of the courts.


Criminal Damage to Property
Occurred between 00:00 – 01:00 on 12/15
900 block of Deerfield
Officers located suspicious persons who turned out to be offenders in criminal damage to property / graffiti. Subjects stated that they spray painted graffiti on several buildings. All subjects were arrested.


BANDA, Neidra V (21)
Resides in the 600 block of Westgate in Streamwood
DUI and Speeding
Occurred at 03:08 on 12/13/14

PARK, Jay D (22)
Resides in the 400 block of Bluebird in Deerfield
Criminal Defacement of Property
Occurred at 01:54 on 12/15 900 block of Deerfield

MANGLARDI, Vincient J (22)
Resides in the 2300 block of Checker
Criminal Defacement of Property
Occurred at 01:54 on 12/15 900 block of Deerfield

POLONSKI, Igor A (22)
Resides in the 100 block of Morningside
Criminal Defacement of Property
Occurred at 03:35on 12/15 the police station 

The blotter is taking a leap into the next generation!

Beginning January 1, 2015 the Village will launch an online Geographic Information System (GIS) to replace the police blotter. Using the latest technology, we will be able to provide you with incident information and location. As with all information that the Police Department releases, we respect victim’s rights, allow privacy for personal matters, and will not jeopardize ongoing investigations. The GIS information will provide more information than is currently available in the blotter and make it more user friendly. Users will be able to search by crime type, date, or location. You will be able to check out what’s going on in the village, a neighborhood, street or specific address.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department will be hosting an informational tutorial showcasing the GIS software and its capabilities. Please join us on December 16th at 7:00 pm at the Police Department. An additional tutorial will be held on January 14th at 7:00 pm for those unable to attend on December 16th We encourage everyone to attend whether you have a interest in GIS, have a question about anything else or just want to get to know some of your police officers.

The Village of Buffalo Grove and the Police Department are also developing additional ways for us to get you the most up to the minute information and alerts. 2015 will be a very exciting year of changes and new innovations for us as we seek to engage our community partners more effectively.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

If you have any question or concern please feel free to contact me.

Thomas Derken / Crime Prevention Officer
46 Raupp Blvd. Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
847.459.2560 l 


In it’s continued partnership with Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, the Buffalo Grove Police Department will again be collecting Toys for Tots. Collection boxes are located in the front lobby of the Police Department. The Marines needs to have all donations in by December 18th so please plan accordingly. We will be glad to assist with any large delivery/package unloading. As in the past if you are conducting a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Community collection and would like to the Police Department forward your collections to the Marines we would be glad to facilitate the transport for you.

Toys for Tots will only accept new, unwrapped toy and books. The toys need to be unwrapped to enable coordinators and volunteers to determine that the gift is safe for distribution and to identify the appropriate age and gender for each gift. Stuffed animals are strongly discouraged, due to dust, allergies, mites and dirt.

If you have any questions contact Officer Tom Derken (847 459-2560)


Every year around this time the area seems to be infiltrated with home improvement and landscape contractors. There are many legitimate companies out there, but there are always companies or individuals who are just trying to take advantage of people.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is warning residents to be on guard against “ruse” burglaries and other suspicious situations which may make your car or home an easy target. A Ruse Burglary is a crime in which someone distracts the homeowner while a second person enters the home and looks for things to steal. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglars and often target senior citizens.

Avoiding Ruse Burglaries
• Never let a door-to-door sales or repair person inspect any part of your property. Ask for identification and phone their office to verify who they are.
• Don’t walk outside your home to have a solicitor “point out” repairs on you house. This is when an accomplice will enter your home to steal.
• Never let persons inside your home – even with you present.
• Ruse burglars will often claim that they are already doing work for a neighbor and will give you a good deal.
• Often scammers will do their homework and will know your name or your neighbor’s names to try to get you to convince you that they are legitimate.
• Don’t fall for fake referrals.

Please remember that solicitors are required to have a permit issued by the Village of Buffalo Grove. Do not open your door and allow anyone into
your home that you did not call or invite. Always verify who they are or call 911, so that an Officer can respond and check on the individual.

There has also been a recent flood of phone scams in our area and throughout the country. A common one that occurs around tax season is a subject will call and claim to be with the IRS. They will advise that there was an error in your taxes, and you need to get a prepaid credit card immediately to avoid penalties or jail. Another popular phone scam is when an unknown caller tells you that you won a prize but you just have to pay for the taxes prior to receiving the prize. In addition, be weary if you receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a family member asking for money to be sent to them. Most often they will say that they are having car problems or are in jail. The caller will typically instruct you to purchase prepaid credit cards, and call them back with the prepaid cards access code. No one from any legitimate agency would ever ask you to purchase and pay with prepaid credit card’s. If you are ever requested to pay with one, the red flags should pop up and you should disconnect immediately. Once the cards information is given to a scammer there is NO getting the money back or canceling the card, the money is gone.

The best rule of thumb:

If you did not initiate the contact, don’t give them any information over the phone, online or let them into your home.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Crime Prevention Unit at the Buffalo Grove Police Department 847-459-2560.


SCAM ALERT - We have had several reports of residents receiving phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS, and if they don't pay fines and fees they will be arrested. This is a SCAM! Please help us get the word out by talking to your neighbors, friends and families. Never give any personal information out to anyone you did not initiate contact with. Please contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department with any questions you may have and always call 911 to report suspicious activity at the time you see it.