Two charged with car break-ins | Police reports, Nov. 24-Dec.4

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Two men face burglary charges stemming from a spree of vehicle break-ins reported overnight on Nov. 23-24 in North Riverside.

Jacob Switzer, 19, of Hanover Park, and James T. Robertson-Lopez, 21, of Glendale Heights, each face four counts of felony burglary after police reported apprehending the pair in an alley behind the 8800 block of Cermak Road at about 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 24.

The two men possessed several items taken from about a dozen unlocked vehicles parked on streets of North Riverside west of First Avenue, including clothing, wallets, purses, sports equipment, GPS units, small tools, prescription medicine, food, money and more, according to police.

Police were called to the area by a witness reporting a male subject trying to open the front door of a residence in the 2200 block of 13th Avenue. In a nearby alley, police located two men, one of whom matched a description of the subject seen by the witness. 

Cops: Woman ran from crash scene

Riverside police charged a 47-year-old Berwyn woman with drunken driving, driving on a sidewalk, hit and run and other traffic offenses after she allegedly drove her Jeep Patriot onto the sidewalk, knocking down a street light, on East Burlington Street at Harlem Avenue on Nov. 30 at about 10:25 p.m.

According to police, the woman fled the crash scene on foot, but officers located her running eastbound on 34th Street at Maple Avenue in Berwyn. She reportedly told police that she might have been able to get to her house if Riverside officers had not "responded so quickly."

Stuck on the tracks

Brookfield police charged a 43-year-old Ohio man with drunken driving and other traffic offenses after he reportedly drove his 2014 Ford onto the southernmost set of railroad tracks at the Maple Avenue BNSF grade crossing and got stuck there as a train approached just after midnight on Nov. 29.

Police were able to notify the railroad, which halted all train traffic while a towing company was called to remove the vehicle, which was stuck about 30 feet east of the grade crossing, from the tracks.

The man reportedly failed field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. 

Attempted vehicle theft

North Riverside police responded to the area near Traube and Desplaines on Nov. 24 after a resident called to report that someone had attempted to steal her vehicle, which was parked on the street for the two days prior.

According to police, the offender pried open a window to gain access to the lock knob inside. The offender then pried off the ignition lock from the steering column and ransacked the glove box. A portable jump pack was reportedly taken from the vehicle.

'Baby Jesus' stolen

A resident of the 9000 block of Monroe Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that overnight on Dec. 2-3, someone stole a 1-foot tall plastic "Baby Jesus" figure from a nativity scene he placed in front of his house as a Christmas decoration.

The decoration was valued at about $10, according to the police report.

Stabbing accident

Brookfield police and paramedics responded to the 8600 block of Brookfield Avenue on Dec. 2 just after midnight to assist a 64-year-old man who said he accidentally stabbed himself in the foot while playing with a knife.

Paramedics bandaged the wound. No foul play was suspected, police said.

Magician wanted

A clerk at Sherwin Williams, 9540 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, called police on Nov. 30 at about 6:30 p.m. after a customer became angry because the clerk said he could not transform a gallon of dark purple paint into yellow paint.

After the clerk asked the agitated customer to leave, the customer reportedly said he'd be back, which prompted the clerk to phone police out of concern for his safety. An officer stood by at closing time as the employee left without incident.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 24-Dec. 3, 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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