North Riverside cops seek ATM bandit | Police reports, June 25 and July 8

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North Riverside police reported that they continue to seek a person responsible for stealing more than $62,000 from a bank with branches in Cicero and North Riverside over a period of months.

The latest incident was reported to police on June 28 by a supervisor at West Town Bank, 7860 26th St. According to the police report, the supervisor said that 13 fraudulent withdrawals totaling $1,320 had been made on the evening of Saturday, June 16 from the drive-up ATM.

Surveillance video showed the offender – who may be male or female -- was wearing a large hat and large sunglasses in order to help conceal his or her identity.

The video also showed that the offender appeared to be the same person who fraudulently withdrew money from the West Town Bank ATM in May.

That theft was reported by the bank supervisor on May 30.

Residential burglary

A resident of the 2200 block of 4th Avenue, North Riverside, contacted police on June 25 to report that someone had entered the home and stole a purse that had been left inside on a table.

The victim said at about 9:45 a.m., she had loaded an item into her car and started driving to another location when she realized she had left her purse at the home. When she got there, the purse was gone.

Earlier that morning, she told police she noticed a suspicious man who walked first northbound and then southbound on the block, glancing at the home from which the purse had been stolen.

The purse contained car keys, a credit card, gift cards and about $10 in cash. Also, reported missing from the home was a Bose sound bar and two cans of beer.

Later in the day, the victim began receiving text messages regarding purchases totaling more than $600 made with her credit card on Chicago's South Side.

Police reported that entry to the home appeared to be made through a rear window, with the offender exiting through a side door.

North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 2400 block of Hainsworth Avenue on June 27 at about 9:45 p.m. after a witness called to report seeing a male standing on a lawn chair near the rear window of a home. The person was last seen headed northbound toward Village Commons Park.

Police arrived to find a rear window and back door ajar. The victim arrived home a short time later and, while walking through it, observed that a laptop computer had been moved from the living room and a jewelry box had been rummaged through.

However, according to the report, the victim did not believe anything was missing from the home.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 3100 block of Morton Avenue, Brookfield, called police on July 3 to report that during the overnight hours someone had forced open the side door of his work van and removed several boxes containing power tools valued at about $2,000.

Among the tools removed from the vehicle were a Makita circular saw, two Makita cordless drills, two Makita impact drills, a Makita Sawzall, a Dewalt band saw and a Milwaukee right-angle drill.

The owner of Able Heating and Cooling, 8814 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, called police on July 5 to report that someone had attempted to gain entry to three trucks sometime after the close of business on July 3.

According to the police report, someone punched out the locks of the three trucks, but apparently failed to gain entry to any of them. The owner reported nothing missing from the vehicles. 

Car stolen from zoo lot

Police responded to the south parking lot of Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, on July 5 after an Elwood woman called to report that her silver Kia Sorrento had been stolen from the lot.

The woman said she arrived with her family at the zoo at about 9:20 a.m. and realized the keys to her vehicle were missing when she went back to leave the zoo at about 3:30 p.m.

According to police, surveillance cameras caught the vehicle driving out of the parking lot at about 11:50 a.m. The victim said the only suspicious thing she had observed that day was a teenager who appeared to be looking into multiple strollers near the Tropic World exhibit.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 25 and July 8, 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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