Car crashes into business, injuring employee | Police reports, Sept. 18-Oct. 1

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An employee of an Ogden Avenue car dealership in Brookfield suffered minor injuries last week after a car that was involved in a crash came barreling into the building where he was working.

According to the police report, the employee was seated at a desk with his back to the street when a 2005 Mazda crashed through the glass front of Smiley Auto, 9000 Ogden Ave. at about 4:35 p.m. on Sept. 29. Paramedics transported him to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

None of the people inside either vehicle was badly hurt, police said. The 23-year-old Willowbrook man driving a 2000 Toyota that allegedly caused the crash was ticketed for failure to yield and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He was taken to LaGrange Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

Police reported that the Toyota was waiting to make a left turn onto Ogden Avenue from the bank parking lot on the south side of Ogden. A vehicle in the eastbound curb lane stopped to let the car proceed, but the Mazda, which was traveling eastbound in the inside lane, did not stop.

The Toyota crashed into the passenger side of the Mazda, causing its 18-year-old driver to lose control of the vehicle, which careened across the two westbound lanes of traffic and crashed into the building on the north side of Ogden Avenue.

Police reported that the driver of the Mazda did not have a valid driver's license. He was ticketed for that offense and for operating an uninsured vehicle. Neither the driver of the Mazda nor his 18-year-old passenger was injured.

Officer injured in crash

A 48-year-old Berwyn man was reportedly drunk when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his vehicle into a Lyons police squad car, which was stopped at a red light on 39th Street at Ogden Avenue in Lyons, injuring the police officer on Oct. 1 at about 2:15 a.m.

According to police, the squad car sustained severe damage and paramedics took the injured officer to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The officer has been released from the hospital but remains off duty.

Riverside police assisting Lyons in its investigation determined that the Berwyn man was highly intoxicated. He was taken to MacNeal Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then released back into the custody of Riverside police, which charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving without insurance. 

Cash taken from vehicle

A 40-year-old Justice woman went to police on Oct. 1 to report that about $5,000 in cash that she intended to deposit in the bank after working at an Ogden Avenue business had been stolen from her car.

The victim told police that she had placed the cash, which was inside deposit bags, on the floor in the front of the vehicle, which was parked in the lot at Dunkin Donuts, 9208 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield. She worked from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and returned to find the bags missing from her vehicle.

According to police, the victim also had a warrant for her arrest related to a prior retail theft. Police took her into custody and held her over for a bond hearing.

 

Businesses burglarized

North Riverside police responded to Kids Foot Locker in the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Sept. 18 after the store manager called to report that the security gate was ajar when she arrived for work that morning.

Surveillance cameras showed that on Sept. 17 at 6:40 p.m. three people are seen tampering with the gate. At one point, the gate is pulled up high enough to allow one of them to slide under it, select nine Adidas warmup jackets from a rack and slide back out of the business. The loss was estimated at about $500.

A person described as a black male in his 60s, about 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair, a mustache and wearing glasses and a gray Titleist baseball cap nearly made off with a box containing cash from an office inside the pro shop at the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside on the morning of Sept. 23.

The suspect entered the pro shop and browsed items there before entering the unoccupied office and taking the cash box. The office manager confronted the man and was able to take the cash box away from the man, who ran from the shop and fled in a light blue Hyundai sedan waiting in the parking lot.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 18-Oct. 1, 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.

­— Compiled by Bob Uphues

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