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By Bob Uphues
Guns, vehicles taken in Brookfield burglary
Burglars targeted a vacant home in the 4200 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, twice last week, making off with several guns, two motorcycles and a car.
On Jan. 11, a family member called police to report that the rear gate to the property had been forced off its hinges and that a rear sliding-glass door to the home was open. The family member hadn't been to the house in more than a month prior to Jan. 11, according to police.
Inside, police found all of the rooms ransacked. Two gun cases inside the house were empty and the front and side doors to the home were barricaded on the inside by dining room chairs. Entry to the home was gained through an unlocked kitchen window, police said.
The detached garage of the home also appeared to be ransacked, and several firearms were missing from a gun safe there. Two motorcycles were missing from the garage and a set of keys to other vehicles was missing.
Among the guns taken were a MIL Thunder Five LC/410 revolver, a Heritage Rough Rider .22-caliber revolver, a Ruger .357-caliber magnum revolver, an Armscor Precision International M206 38 Special, a Rossi 972 .357-caliber magnum revolver and a 30-06 rifle with a scope.
The motorcycles taken were a black 2003 Harley-Davidson and a 2004 Big Dog motorcycle.
On Jan. 12, the family member called police again, this time to report that a 2011 Jeep Wrangler, which had been seen last parked in the alley on the driveway apron at 10 p.m. on Jan. 11, was missing.
Chicago police records showed that the vehicle's license plates had been run seven times between 2:40 and 7:40 a.m. and that it had been involved in a hit-and-run in the 9th District, which is centered in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.
Police said no one was in custody related to that hit-and-run, but the vehicle had been impounded by Chicago police.
Not my gun
A reputed street gang member was charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm without a valid ID card after North Riverside police were called to a Cermak Road apartment building to investigate the complaint of a man with a gun on Jan. 13.
Police arrived at the apartment in the 8700 block of Cermak Road and talked to a 28-year-old man who said his roommate had pointed a silver handgun at him during an argument. A 33-year-old friend of the victim reportedly told police that the roommate separately had also pointed the gun at him.
A gun was found inside a compartment in the alleged offender's computer. He admitted that there had been an argument with one of the victims but said he never pointed a gun at him. He also denied owning the gun located inside his computer.
Neither victim wished to pursue assault charges against the alleged offender, but police charged him with the misdemeanor weapons offense.
A North Riverside couple reported to police on Jan. 7 that between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. someone entered their home in the 2900 block of Lincoln Avenue and removed an iPad, jewelry and sterling silver eating utensils from various rooms in the residence.
Police reported no signs of forced entry to the residence. They also reported that several items of jewelry and a laptop computer were not taken from the home.
A resident of the 2200 block of Forest Avenue, North Riverside, reported to police that, sometime between Jan. 6 and 7, someone gained entry to a 2008 Dodge Caliber and removed a digital camera and charger, a cellphone, iPod cords and an unknown amount of loose change.
Police reported no signs of forced entry.
An Oak Lawn woman reported to Riverside police on Jan. 9 that while she was visiting the eye doctor at an office in the 300 block of East Burlington Street between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m., someone forced open the back lock of a 2002 Ford work van and removed a Milwaukee cordless drill and a Dewalt small-angle grinder. The items were valued at about $250.
Vandals spray-painted seven Brookfield properties, including S.E. Gross School, with graffiti during the overnight hours of Jan. 8-9.
Six garage doors were targeted in the alley between the 3600 blocks of Madison and Arthur avenues. Meanwhile, the same vandals appeared to have used the same silver spray paint to scrawl an obscene insult to an S.E. Gross School faculty member on the wall of the school, 3524 Maple Ave.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 6-13, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.