Niles Blotter: Fake Puppy Sale Results In $1,000 Loss


Niles Police Station located at Milwaukee and Touhy avenues. (Journal photo)

These items are from Niles Police Department incident reports. The Niles Journal publishes this police blotter every Wednesday.

Scam Reported

A resident on Harlem Avenue told police she found a puppy for sale online and sent $1,000 to someone for the animal. She later found out the website was fraudulent. She reported the incident at 4:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

Alcohol Charges

Damir Taletovic, 25, of the 5200 block of Galitz Street in Skokie, and Melgarejo G. Perez, 26, of the 1300 block of W. Argyle Street in Chicago, were charged with illegal transportation of alcohol. Police located them in a handicapped parking space at Chik-Fil-A, 5650 W. Touhy Ave., at 9:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. They had allegedly been drinking beer while in the parking lot. Taletovic was also cited for parking in a handicap parking space.

Retail Theft Charged

Melinda M. Schweihs, 68, of the 1300 block of N. Cleveland Street in Chicago, was charged with petit theft at Hobby Lobby, 7229 W. Dempster St. At 1:36 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, she allegedly tried to leave without paying for arts and craft supplies valued at a total of more than $40.

Christopher Couch, 54, of the 9900 block of Linda Lane in Des Plaines, was charged with retail theft at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. He was apprehended at Walmart, 8500 W. Golf Rd., after he allegedly under rang items at the self-checkout, paying $82.02 less than the actual price.

Michael Miller, 40, of the 8900 block of Parkside Avenue in Des Plaines, was charged with retail theft, theft by deception, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. He allegedly tried to falsely return items for credit at Walmart, 8500 W. Golf Rd., at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. He also allegedly tried to steal a tablet from a store employee. Miller fled the store before police arrived and was taken into custody as he tried to drive away.

Retail Theft Reported

An unknown man took two bottles of liquor valued at more than $80 from Target in Golf Mill Mall at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

An unknown man filled a shopping cart with energy drinks and household items valued at a total of more than $100 at Jewel/Osco, 8730 W. Dempster St. He pushed the cart outside without paying for the items. Employees yelled and chased after the man who abandoned the cart and fled. The incident occurred at 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Driving Charges

Andre Davood, 25, of the 8300 block of Lowell Avenue in Skokie, was charged with speeding at 9:43 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22. He was stopped for allegedly driving at 69 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 7700 block of Dempster Street.

Donald R. Hubal, 67, of the 5700 block of W. Higgins Road in Chicago, was charged with speeding in the 6900 block of Caldwell Avenue. Police pulled him over at 10:21 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25 for allegedly driving at 77 mph in a 35 mph zone.

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Niles Blotter: Fake Puppy Sale Results In $1,000 Loss


Niles Police Station located at Milwaukee and Touhy avenues. (Journal photo)

These items are from Niles Police Department incident reports. The Niles Journal publishes this police blotter every Wednesday.

Scam Reported

A resident on Harlem Avenue told police she found a puppy for sale online and sent $1,000 to someone for the animal. She later found out the website was fraudulent. She reported the incident at 4:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

Alcohol Charges

Damir Taletovic, 25, of the 5200 block of Galitz Street in Skokie, and Melgarejo G. Perez, 26, of the 1300 block of W. Argyle Street in Chicago, were charged with illegal transportation of alcohol. Police located them in a handicapped parking space at Chik-Fil-A, 5650 W. Touhy Ave., at 9:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. They had allegedly been drinking beer while in the parking lot. Taletovic was also cited for parking in a handicap parking space.

Retail Theft Charged

Melinda M. Schweihs, 68, of the 1300 block of N. Cleveland Street in Chicago, was charged with petit theft at Hobby Lobby, 7229 W. Dempster St. At 1:36 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, she allegedly tried to leave without paying for arts and craft supplies valued at a total of more than $40.

Christopher Couch, 54, of the 9900 block of Linda Lane in Des Plaines, was charged with retail theft at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. He was apprehended at Walmart, 8500 W. Golf Rd., after he allegedly under rang items at the self-checkout, paying $82.02 less than the actual price.

Michael Miller, 40, of the 8900 block of Parkside Avenue in Des Plaines, was charged with retail theft, theft by deception, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. He allegedly tried to falsely return items for credit at Walmart, 8500 W. Golf Rd., at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. He also allegedly tried to steal a tablet from a store employee. Miller fled the store before police arrived and was taken into custody as he tried to drive away.

Retail Theft Reported

An unknown man took two bottles of liquor valued at more than $80 from Target in Golf Mill Mall at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

An unknown man filled a shopping cart with energy drinks and household items valued at a total of more than $100 at Jewel/Osco, 8730 W. Dempster St. He pushed the cart outside without paying for the items. Employees yelled and chased after the man who abandoned the cart and fled. The incident occurred at 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Driving Charges

Andre Davood, 25, of the 8300 block of Lowell Avenue in Skokie, was charged with speeding at 9:43 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22. He was stopped for allegedly driving at 69 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 7700 block of Dempster Street.

Donald R. Hubal, 67, of the 5700 block of W. Higgins Road in Chicago, was charged with speeding in the 6900 block of Caldwell Avenue. Police pulled him over at 10:21 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25 for allegedly driving at 77 mph in a 35 mph zone.

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