An email from Marengo’s Kristin Ottolino to her Citizens Alert Social Media Network:
To all concerned McHenry County citizens,
There have been two burglaries in Marengo last week. As the weather warms up, I’m sure we can expect them to be more frequent. Just below is the original email to our network from the Chief. Also, the Chief reminds us to secure our houses and businesses and as an added note, he reminds us about the check scam being perpetrated on our citizens. Please read details below.
CC: Chief Joseph Hallman – Marengo Police Department
BCC: All members of: Citizens Alert Social Media Network
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From: [email protected]
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:56:36 -0500
We experienced two burglaries between April 18th and April 21st. The information is as follows:
Between April 18th – 21st Residence in the 600 block of Sunset Drive.
Entry was gained through an unlocked sliding glass door.
Various items were removed that were small and transportable.
April 20th during the early morning hours, person(s) entered the Tanika Food Mart (219 West Grant Highway) and removed liquor.
Intruders were gone upon police arrival.
Please remember to secure your house and business.
Also, we have seen an uptick in scams related to “checks” being mailed to individuals’ residences.
If you are not expecting some type of check, it is most likely a scam where the con artists want you to deposit the “check” into your account and send them some money (lesser amount) of cash (via wire).
The “checks” are not worth the paper they are printed upon.
It is difficult for law enforcement to make arrests on these types of scams since they usually originate in a different country.
If it sounds too good to be true…
Joseph M. Hallman
Marengo Chief of Police