Girl says white van followed her from school

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Just a week after a 10-year-old North Riverside girl reported being followed to school by a man driving a green van, Riverside police are reporting a similar incident that occurred on Friday, Feb. 3 near the Central/Hauser school campus.

On the evening of Feb. 3, police received a complaint from the parent of a 12-year-old girl who said she was followed home from school. The girl was with a friend in the schoolyard of Central/Hauser when they noticed a white van circling the area.

When the girls separated, one of them realized she was being followed by the van all the way to her home near the intersection of Northgate Road and Northgate Court. The driver never tried to make contact with the girl, said police.

There is no description of the driver. The van is described as being white, full-sized, with no windows on the side, but with windows on the rear door.

Police don't believe the incident is related at to the Jan. 25 incident where a green van reportedly followed a girl to Ames School in Riverside.

Residential burglaries

A resident of the 3400 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Jan. 30 that some time prior to 3 p.m. someone entered his apartment and removed a TV, a computer tower and a leather jacket. The items were likely removed over the weekend, police reported, since family members were away.

A woman who lives in the 4000 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Feb. 4 that on Jan. 31 she noticed that approximately $2,400 in cash and change was taken from an office inside her home. Also in late January, the woman told police $650 had been taken from the same shelf in the office. After the second incident, the woman changed the locks on her home, police reported.

The owner of a home being renovated in the 3100 block of Kemman Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police on Feb. 5 that over the weekend someone kicked in the rear door and removed several items, including a water meter, extension cord and an unknown amount of copper tubing.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 4500 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Jan. 31 that during the overnight hours, someone entered her unlocked 1997 Ford Taurus, which was parked in the rear lot of her apartment complex, and removed loose change from the center console.

On that same day, another resident of the apartment complex told police that some time after 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 someone broke into an ice cream truck and removed a metal box containing $300 to $400. The box was found on the ground outside the truck.

A resident of the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Feb. 3 that someone stole the driver's side hubcaps from his 1998 Lincoln Continental, which was parked overnight in front of his garage.

Railroad car part found in alley

A Brookfield woman called police at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 after discovering what turned out to be a railroad car outlet gate, which had been apparently taken from a rail car, lying in the alley behind the 3100 block of Prairie Avenue.

Police contacted Transloading Specialists, a sugar processing plant at 9501 Southview Ave. An employee there confirmed that a rail car located there was missing the metal outlet gate, which is used to discharge commodities from rail cars.

That car, owned by the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad, had been moved onto their property at 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 1. Prior to that it was parked on the spur line off the main tracks next to their property, which is when the theft likely occurred.

The value of the outlet gate was estimated at $500 for scrap purposes. Brookfield public works employees removed the metal hatch from the alley.

Tent poles stolen

A resident of the 4500 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police at 6:43 p.m. on Jan. 30 that someone stole the aluminum pipes that held up a tent the resident was using to cover a vehicle he was doing engine work on near a Dumpster.

The responding officer told the man he noticed a white tent blown over, with all the pipes intact lying next to the Dumpster at about 2 p.m. The officer suggested perhaps whoever took the pipes thought the tent and pipes to be garbage.

The loss was estimated at $600.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2012, 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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