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Northbrook Police Recover Stolen Art In Chicago

Northbrook police worked with the FBI and Chicago police to recover a painting stolen in 2007.

The following reports were part of a Village of Northbrook staff memo

Police Department Activity

On Feb. 7, Northbrook Tactical Officers took a report on a stolen art piece. The piece was loaned from a Northbrook business to a gallery in Chicago and was stolen during a burglary of the gallery in 2007. The piece was recently offered for sale in the Chicago area and word of this reached the original owner through the art community.

Tactical Officers employed an undercover identity and arranged to meet with the current "owner" to examine the piece. The tactical officers and a Northbrook detective posing as an art appraiser worked with the FBI and the Chicago Police Department to examine the piece. Once they confirmed that it was in fact the stolen art piece, they took the seller into custody and recovered the art. 

Fire Department Activity

On Thursday, Feb. 21, around 8:30pm, Northbrook fire crews responded to a reported car fire at the 51-mile marker on the tri-state Tollway. Upon arrival, crews encountered a fully involved vehicle fire and were unable to locate the driver of the vehicle after searching the immediate area with state police. The vehicle loss is estimated at approximately $6,000. The incident remains under investigation.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, the fire department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Landwehr Rd. near Dundee Rd. Two females in a Honda Accord were injured after being struck by a pick-up truck in their driver’s side door. The car door would not open due to damage sustained in the accident.

Firefighters removed the door with hydraulic tools so the driver could be extricated from the car. Both occupants in the Honda sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident and were transported by ambulances to Lutheran General Hospital. The occupants in the pick-up truck were not injured.

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