Caller asked for $9,000 to bail out Northbrook resident’s grandson in phone scam: Northbrook police

Chicago Tribune 1 month ago

The following items were taken from Northbrook Police Department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.


Amy Regina Messina-Schultheis, 22 of the 900 block of Whitehall Drive, Buffalo Grov was charged Sept. 28 with speeding, no insurance, and driving under the influence at the intersection of Keystone and Milton avenues. Messina-Schultheis is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 31.

Retail theft

Four boxes of headphones were reported stolen Oct. 1 from a store in the 1400 block of Lake Cook Road.

Driver’s license

Breont Balkcom, 40, of the 400 block of Homan Avenue, Chicago, was charged with driving while driver’s license revoked and expired registration.


A front door was reported broken and personal items were reported missing Oct. 1 in the 3100 block of Donovan Glen Court.

A purse was reported stolen Sept. 30 from an unlocked car in a garage in the 2500 block of Gayle Court. The purse was located and $15 was reported missing.

Deceptive practice

An individual in the 1100 block of Blackthorn Lane reported Sept. 28 that they received an email from a someone whom they believed was their supervisor asking them to purchase $3,400 in gift cards as gifts for staff. The individual purchased the cards and gave information to the one they thought was the supervisor, then later discovered that the email was not from their supervisor.

Suspicious calls

An individual in the 2200 block of Illinois Road reported Sept. 30 that they received a voicemail message from a someone claiming that that the individual’s information was associated with a stolen car which contained drugs in Texas.

An individual in the 3100 block of Donovan Glen Court reported Sept. 30 that they received a call from someone claiming to be an officer who arrested the individual’s grandson for a drug-related offense. The caller claimed that the individual needed to send the caller $9,000 for bond. The individual recognized this as a scam and offered no information.

Identity theft

An individual reported Sept. 30 that an unknown person used their information to open a cellular account without their permission.

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