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Weird Crime: Million-dollar-fraud case takes police to Disney World and more

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Fraud case takes police to Disney World

LINCOLNSHIRE, April 6 — Officers from the Lincolnshire Police Department recently took a business trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to investigate the theft of more than $1 million from a Lincolnshire business. With help from local authorities April 6 in Florida, Lincolnshire police arrested Ernest R. Jenkins, 45, of 3270 Walton Riverwood Lane, Atlanta, and charged him with theft of more than $1 million, theft by deception of more than $1 million, money laundering and computer fraud. Lincolnshire police spokesman John-Erik Anderson said officers tracked Jenkins to the theme park.

Jenkins, a former employee of Aon Hewitt, 4 Overlook Point in Lincolnshire, allegedly stole money from a company account many times dating back to 2010, police said. The theft charges are both Class X felonies and Jenkins could face six to 30 years in prison.

Change of address

BUFFALO GROVE, April 12 — A resident of the 3000 block of Sandlewood reported that her mailbox disappeared April 12, but she found it later, in another part of the neighborhood.

Carpet mysteriously vacuumed after vacation

PARK RIDGE, April 4 — The resident of a home on the 200 block of East Avenue returned from vacation April 4 and reported that items had been moved around, there was a strong odor of smoke in the air, and a carpet had been vacuumed, police said. Nothing appeared to be missing and there were no signs of forced entry, according to police.

Did he at least get the job?

CLARENDON HILLS, April 10 — A 36-year-old Westmont man ditched his car and was able to elude police April 10 but officers ultimately caught up with him because his contact information was on a resume left in the car, police said. Matthew J. Kelly, 36, of 110 N. Cass Ave., Apt. 3C-3, Westmont, was charged with speeding and obstructing a police officer after an officer tried to pull over his black Pontiac G6 on westbound 55th Street, west of Clarendon Hills Road, at about 7 p.m. April 10. Police said Kelly made an abrupt turn into the parking lot of the Country House restaurant, at 241 55th St., and then exited the car and fled.

Nice car!

BURR RIDGE, April 12 — A resident of the 100 block of Post Road reported someone in a Mercedes Benz yelled obscenities at him and broke four reflectors along his driveway at 10:10 p.m. April 12. Three mailboxes on the same block also were damaged that night.

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