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Man Cited for Smoking Pot at Ravinia

The following arrest information was supplied by the Highland Park police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Possession of cannabis

Jeffrey Lantz, 58, of the 6000 block of Lake Drive, Lisle, was issued an Administrative Citation for possession of cannabis after being observed by police smoking while attending Ravinia Festival on August 3. Lantz is expected in Administrative Court at City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park on September 20, 2012.

Elena Rojas, 20, of the 1800 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Highland Park, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis on August 1 after being located by Community Policing Aides in the 0-100 block of Ravine Drive, Highland Park. Rojas was released on a personal recognizance bond with a court date of September 12, 2012 at 301 Greenleaf Street, Park City, Illinois.

William Basurto, 21, of the 1100 block of Muirfield Avenue, Waukegan, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia on August 6 after a vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped in the 400 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. Basurto was released on a personal recognizance bond with a court date of August 27, 2012 at 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, Illinois.

Home invasion

At 7:22 a.m. on August 2, the police department received a 911 call from homeowners residing in the 3000 block of Parkside Drive, just east of Route 41. It was related that an unknown person entered the home through a downstairs window, was confronted by one of the residents and then fled back out of the home, running north from that location.

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Theft

Police are investigating a delayed report of a theft. It was reported that sometime over the weekend, four tires and rims were stolen from an inoperable 1995 Honda while parked in the 100 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. 

Police are investigating a delayed report of a theft. It was reported that between 9 p.m. on July 30 and 6 am on July 31, unknown persons used car jacks to lift a vehicle to remove its four wheels. The unknown persons also used a tool to damage and partially remove body panels and badges from two other vehicles while parked in a lot in the 400 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, Illinois.

Police are investigating a delayed report of a theft. It was reported that an orange and black Magna Rip Claw bicycle was stolen from a backyard located in the 2500 block of Trillium Lane, Highland Park sometime between August 1, 2012 and August 3.

Police are investigating a delayed report of a theft. It was reported that a red and white bicycle (unknown make) was stolen from a bicycle rack located in the 1800 block of Green Bay Road, Highland Park sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on reported date and time. The bicycle was left unsecured in the rack.

Police are investigating a report of a theft. It was reported that an iPhone and Wallet containing credit cards, cash and identification were stolen from an unsecured and unattended backpack left near a basketball court. The incident occurred in the 100 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. 

Criminal damage to property

Police are investigating a delayed report of a criminal damage to property. It was reported that sometime over the weekend an unknown subject smashed a drivers side front window of a vehicle parked in the 2300 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. Multiple pry marks were found indented in the window sill and frame.  A black lug nut was also observed on the passenger side front wheel bolt, which did not appear to belong to the vehicle.

Police are investigating a report of a criminal damage to property. It was reported that while driving in the area of Sheridan Road and Elm Place, an object struck the windshield of a vehicle. Two small holes were observed in the upper right corner of the windshield. The small round holes may have been from a BB or pellet.

Burglary from motor vehicle

Benjamin Schenk, 19, of the 0-100 block of Wainwright Street, Highland Park, was arrested and charged with burglary to motor vehicle, possession of cannabis, consumption of alcohol by a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police responded to a report of three suspicious subjects, two subjects later found to be juveniles, walking in the area of 800 Auburn Court, Highland Park carrying pillowcases. Schenk was transported to bond court at 18 N. County Street, Highland Park, Illinois pending court date. 

Police are investigating a report of a burglary from motor vehicle. It was reported that sometime between 6 p.m. on July 31 and 6 a.m. on August 1, three Comcast receivers, three knives, a black flashlight and a black CD case containing approximately 20 CDs were taken from an unlocked vehicle while the vehicle was parked in the driveway of a residence in the 900 block of Auburn Avenue, Highland Park.

Driving under the influence

Robert Schaul, 67, of the 1300 block of Sheridan Road, Highland Park, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and no illuminated rear license plate light after being stopped by police near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Linden Avenue, Highland Park. Schaul was released on a cash bond with a court date of August 17, 2012 at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, Illinois.

Jonathan Perez, 29, of the 4300 block of Shakespeare Avenue, Chicago, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage, headlight not illuminated and expired registration after being stopped by police in the 1900 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. Perez was released on a personal recognizance bond with a court date of August 31, 2012 at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, Illinois.

Lynn Peters, 40, of the 1200 block of North Clyborne, Chicago, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, expired registration and driving the wrong way after being stopped by police in the 1700 block of St. Johns Avenue Highland Park. Peters was released on a cash bond with a court date of September 7, 2012 at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, Illinois.

Driving while license revoked

Hector Guerra, 21, of the 0-100 block of South Main Street, Northfield, was arrested and charged with driving while license revoked and improper backing after being stopped by police in the 200 block of Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. Guerra was released on a personal recognizance bond with a court date of September 12, 2012 at 301 Greenleaf Street, Park City, Illinois.

Burglary

Police are investigating a delayed report of a burglary. It was reported that a light blue Fuji road bike and White mountain bike were stolen from a rear detached garage between August 1 and August 3.  No signs of force were noted however the light bulbs were found removed from their sockets around garage and placed to the side. The incident occurred in the 900 block of Park Avenue West, Highland Park.

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David Greenberg August 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
When are we going to stop bothering adults who choose to smoke or eat a plant? So long as they're not driving or causing any problems, what's the big deal? How about we legalize, lightly regulate and tax the substances, and make it available to adults over the age of 18 instead of allowing a black market to flourish and manifest itself in crime and wasted resources.
Steve August 08, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Looks like the Highland Park cops are back to fighting crime as usual.... but when there was a rash of vehicle burglaries on my street, and when the perpetrators actually used a credit card stolen from a vehicle, did HPPD ever track down the surveillance video from those stores, or provide screen capped images of the perps to the people in the neighborhood? Nope. It's a lot easier to bust speeders, Mexicans in sombreros, and geriatrics smoking weed at Ravinia. Why are we the only community with cops lying in wait with headlights off on the entrance ramps to Highway 41? Such a nice welcome to Highland Park!
Bryce Robertson August 08, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Guys, first off - smoking anything is a crime at Ravinia. So be it a plant or tar, it's still illegal. Kudos to the cops for enforcing that rule so those of us who frequent the Festival on a weekly basis actually can enjoy ourselves instead of coughing half the night. Also, Steve, in response to your post, sounds like you don't have all your information. Most vehicle crimes in HP are "break-ins" to unlocked cars - the only people I blame for those are the owners. We haven't had a smash and grab in ages. And when we had a recent home invasion about two weeks ago on our street, the police were by within minutes and arrested the perpetrators. They got away with nothing. Lastly, our department got cut significantly. That results in fewer officers to investigate crimes, which also leads to fewer arrests. It's unfortunate, and as far as I can tell, is on the council's radar to fix. So before you start bashing the HPPD, start realizing that they're doing a much better job than you seem to think.
Alexa Raye August 08, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Why is someone smoking pot even newsworthy?
Steve S. August 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Because that would be too sensible. So the taxman made $100 (that's a guess) for that citation but probably could've netted thousands in tax dollars had they taxed the legal pot being used by everyone else at ravinia that evening.
Jerry Lipschultz August 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Kiddos to the HPPD! These are men and women who put themselves at risk for our safety. It is easy to criticize, and difficult to recognize what their role is. They respond immediately and provide the comfort of a safe community. If you have a problem with the laws they have to enforce (cannabis etc), then go to the legislature and get a change. If they appear to be doing mundane things, then recognize that if you were in Chicago they'd e ona battlefield! Don't take or granted that we enjoy a safe and quality life in HP. The HPPD certainly play a part in this. Try saying 'thank you' the next time youenounterthem. My experiences have been positive and appreciated.
Steve August 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Kiddos, Jerry? You sure your last name is not Sandusky?
william August 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Hey i am william basurto. I got cought with a small bag of stems and seeds and a tobacco pipe. I was heading home from down town chicago because i attended lollapoloza. I went with a group of friends. Which i had the only book bag within my group. I was kind enough to hold my friends belongings with out knowing every detail and obeject i was holding. Me and my friend armando vazquez where pick up at downtown chicago, because we had miss are train back home. So we called are friend paul garcia from roundlake beach to pick us up around 2:00am. We where on are way home, intill we felt the cars tire had a flat. So we pull over to the side to check what was wroung. We then called paul's mom to help us out. A short time later a highland park cop comes along and ask my friend paul for his identification. The cop search is his name, and his name pop up with a warrent. He had a warrent for not paying his child support. So then 3 more cops come along. in search is the car. 1 of the cops search is my backpack and found the paraphernalia and bag of seeds and stem. I admitted that it was my backpack and took full blame of everything. Without debating. I got sent to the police deportment and was book and charged. Now i have a court date, hopefully it does not affect me because I have been in the recruiting process join the marine corps. So I pray to god that everything goes well.
william August 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
After the booking the police officer ask me to pay a bond of $120 (just cash) . If not, then "i was going to get sent to county jail " he stated. After making a couple of phone calls and no one anwering, and feeling hopeless. I was then told i was going to be released. It was 4:00 am and had no ride back home to waukegan. I was lost and had no idea where to go. I then followed a street called deerpath rd and passed a jewels Osco. I started seeing the sun come up towards the east and continue following the road. I then came upon a highway bridge which i knew i had to cross to get in to town, i ran as fast as i could to cross and stepping to the side when i seen a car past. At one point i almost fall of the bridge when i jump arcoss a rail to step aside from a speeding car. My would of lost my life right there if i did'nt catch my balance. Well after the crossing, i kept heading east and ended up downtown. I walk across town feeling miserable and thinking about my future and how it was going to affect me when I tell my recruiter about my charges. I found the train station and waited awhile for the train to come and made it home.
john plazak August 14, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Im just going to say what everybody else is thinking. Bryce.. you are a cop.
john plazak August 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Because a long time ago the government choked out a few chimpanzees and caused them brain damage.
Bryce Robertson August 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM
John - I'm hoping that was tongue in cheek. Otherwise, you really need to start doing your research...
Jacob Nelson (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Hey William, I'm working on a story about how Highland Park treats cannabis possession and would love to speak with you if you'd be interested. Email me at jacob@patch.com or call me at 847-204-1636. Thanks.

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