Man charged with robbing gas station | Police reports, Jan. 12-29

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A man charged with robbing a North Riverside gas station at gunpoint on Jan. 13 at about 8:20 a.m. is being held without bond at Cook County Jail while awaiting trial following his capture by police shortly after the incident.

Courtney Hart, 35, of Berwyn, reportedly wore a wig and brandished a long-barreled black revolver, during the alleged robbery of the BP gas station, 2558 Desplaines Ave. Hart allegedly ordered the clerk to give him several lottery tickets before fleeing in a 2005 Toyota last seen in an alley north of 26th Street and east of Desplaines Avenue.

A Riverside police officer reported locating the sedan headed east in the alley followed by a Jeep. The sedan turned south on Park Avenue where the officer observed that the driver matched a description given by the victim.

Hart fled east on 26th Street, but police later located him inside his vehicle in the parking lot of 7-Eleven at 2600 Harlem Ave. Officers ordered Hart out of the vehicle at gunpoint and took him into custody.

Police reported recovering a wig and a revolver, which turned out to be a BB gun, along the south side of 26th Street. North Riverside police also reported recovering several lottery tickets taken in the robbery.

Felony DUI

A Western Springs man with two prior drunken driving convictions faces felony DUI charges after a Riverside police officer stopped him for allegedly driving the wrong way on Miller Road on Jan. 26 at 8:40 p.m.

According to police, Mike Novakovic, 54, only stopped after two squad cars boxed in his 2002 Suzuki passenger vehicle. Novakovic reportedly told police he believed he was in Western Springs at the time of the traffic stop.

Police said Novakovic had valid driver's licenses in both Illinois and Wisconsin, but that he'd been convicted twice previously of DUI. A breath test after the Riverside arrest indicated Novakovic's blood-alcohol content as .223, which is almost three times the legal limit of .08.

According to police, it is also illegal for a driver licensed in Illinois to have a valid driver's license in another state.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 4600 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on the morning to Jan. 26 to report that someone entered his unlocked vehicle overnight and removed a bottle of perfume and two phone cords.

That same day, police responded to a residence in the 4600 block of Elm Avenue after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours of Jan. 25-26, someone had entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street, and ransacked the glove box and center console.

Nothing was reported missing.

Riverside police responded to the 700 block of Selborne Road on Jan. 23 after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered the unlocked garage and then entered an unlocked vehicle parked inside, removing some loose change.

A 67-year-old Burr Ridge man called police on Jan. 22 at about 1:20 p.m. to report that someone stole the front grille and license plate from his 2015 Tesla, which was parked in the lot at the MacNeal Professional Building, 3722 Harlem Ave.

Bikes stolen from apartment building

A resident of an apartment building in the 4600 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, reported that four bicycles had been stolen from the basement of the building, probably sometime between 9 and 10 a.m. on Jan. 23.

Someone reported hearing noises coming from the basement of the building at about that time, according to the police report, when adult residents are typically at work and kids are at school.

Stolen car recovered

Police running license plate checks in the lot of an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, related to an ongoing vehicle sticker registration sweep on the morning of Jan. 25 identified a 2008 Infiniti G35 that had been reported stolen out of Downers Grove on Jan. 17.

The car was covered with snow and ice and appeared undamaged. The contents of the car also appeared undisturbed.

Police learned that the car had been stolen while left running and unlocked by the owner, who was waiting for the car to warm up. The owner took possession of the vehicle after police processed it for evidence.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 12-29, 2018 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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