Crime briefs: Batteries stolen from Comcast utility poles

The following incidents were listed among the official reports of the area police departments.

Western Springs

THEFT

  • Someone climbed utility poles located at 47th and Woodland Avenue, and 54th and Woodland Avenue, to steal batteries from two Comcast containers on the poles, between 11:07 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. July 28. Six batteries were stolen from each container. The 12 batteries had a total value of $1,200. The containers were unlocked. Comcast reported the theft Aug. 7.

Indian Head Park

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE

  • An elderly man fell for a telephone scam and was conned out of a $1,000. The man said he received a telephone call Aug. 5 from someone who said his grandson was in jail and needed $4,000 for court. The caller instructed the resident to buy a certain kind of prepaid money transfer cards for that amount and read the serial numbers over the telephone. The man was only able to buy two cards for $500 each. He returned home with those, and read the serial numbers over the phone as the stranger instructed him to do. He later realized the caller was conning him and reported the incident to the police.
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