Cops: Sex offender viewed porn at library | Police reports, May 21-June 3

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A 43-year-old Berwyn man convicted of sexually assaulting a child in Wisconsin in 2014 is free on bond after being arrested by Riverside police for viewing pornography on a computer at the Riverside Public Library in violation of the conditions of his sentence.

Riverside police arrested Timothy J. Schnulle as he walked out of his home in the 3300 block of Maple Avenue on the evening of May 25.

 A day earlier, Riverside Public Library officials called police to report that a man, later identified as Schnulle, was viewing pornography on a library computer. Schnulle gave the library employee a fictitious name when confronted, but police were able to ascertain his identity, because Schnulle reportedly left his email account open on the computer.

In 2014, Schnulle was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Racine County, Wisconsin. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, but it appears he never served any time for the offense.

Conditions of his sentence included being  forbidden to use the internet.

According to Riverside police, Schnulle visited the Riverside Public Library several times during the past month to view pornography and participate in live chatrooms. Police said Schnulle masturbated while viewing pornography in the library.

Schnulle reportedly is employed as an over-the-road truck driver for a company in Alsip and that he travels out of state often. Police said they are looking into whether Schnulle may have violated the terms of his parole elsewhere.

Riverside police charged Schnulle with violating his sex offender registration, a Class 3 felony. Schnulle posted $500 bail after a hearing set his bond at $5,000, said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

 

Cops: Mom didn't secure gun

A 37-year-old Brookfield woman faces child endangerment charges after she reportedly allowed her 17-year-old son and his 14-year-old friend access to her Glock .45-caliber pistol.

The two juveniles reportedly took photos of themselves posing with the gun and loaded magazines and then sent the photos to friends via the social media app SnapChat. A parent of one of those sent the photos called police, who charged the mom with two counts of endangering the life of a child after she reportedly admitted knowing her son had access to the gun and knew his friend was holding it while inside the house.

Police reported they are attempting to have the woman's Firearm Owner's ID card revoked.

 

Man charged with jewelry theft

Brookfield police charged Ralph Rene Mata, 47, of Berwyn with stealing $8,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the village's Hollywood section in April.

On April 12, Mata and his girlfriend reportedly were shown the house, which was for sale at the time. Police were able to locate the jewelry on a pawn shop database, which revealed the items had been pawned at a shop in Chicago on April 21.

Mata reportedly was identified as the man who pawned the items by looking at a photo lineup. Police also reported Mata, who has a criminal history that includes more than 20 arrests for burglary, robbery, theft and fraud, provided a statement admitting taking the jewelry.

 

Items taken from church

Brookfield police responded to St. Nikola Church, 4301 Prairie Ave., on June 3 at about 10:55 a.m. after a parishioner called to report that a gold-plated gospel, small gold cross and a prayer cloth had been stolen from the altar after having last been seen the previous afternoon.

The church hosted a graduation party the night of June 2. Police continue to investigate.

 

Cars stolen from dealers

Vehicles were stolen from two different car dealerships in North Riverside over a two-day span in late May.

On May 21, police reported that someone stole a 2018 GMC Terrain valued at $43,000 from Castle Buick, 7400 Cermak Road. The vehicle had just been unloaded from a transport trailer and left momentarily unattended in the lot.

Surveillance video showed a dark gray Chrysler sedan enter the lot and stop next to the Terrain. The two vehicles then quickly left the lot. Police later learned that a gray Chrysler sedan was involved in the theft of a Chevy Cobalt from Currie Motors in Forest Park.

Police located all three vehicles in Maywood that day.

North Riverside police responded to McCarthy Ford, 2100 Harlem Ave., on May 22 at 2:15 p.m. after someone called to report that a man had driven off with his black 2016 Ford Explorer, which was being worked on in the service bay.

The victim said he observed his vehicle rocking as if someone was inside and then saw the SUV drive off northbound on Harlem Avenue, followed by a black Toyota Camry.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 21-June 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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