CAMPTON TOWNSHIP – At least two households in and near Campton Hills recently received threatening letters demanding they leave thousands of dollars at an intersection along the village's western border, according to a Kane County Sheriff's Office report.
Residents of the 43W500 block of Hawkeye Drive in Campton Township reportedly told police that they found a letter on their truck's windshield at about 7:45 a.m. Friday.
The letter referred to them by their first names, police reported, and instructed them to leave $3,000 in an unmarked envelope by the street sign at the corner of Anderson Road and Blue Larkspurs Lane, which is on the western edge of Campton Hills.
The note included this threat: "We will be paying you a visit if you do not cooperate," police reported.
Additionally, police said, the residents were told not to contact authorities.
A similar case also was reported in the village of Campton Hills. The residents didn't feel it was a legitimate threat – they suspected it came from a neighborhood kid trying to make quick money – but wanted it documented, police said.
Undersheriff Pat Gengler said situations like this could be as simple as kids playing a trick on a friend or something more serious. He encouraged people to call authorities whenever they encounter any situation that seems suspicious.
"If something just doesn't seem right, let us know," Gengler said.