Police responded to Kiwanis Park in Brookfield on the afternoon of Sept. 16 after the parents of three boys, ages 8 and 9, had gone missing.
The parents told police the boys were playing in "the woods" along Salt Creek about 3:25 p.m., but were now missing and couldn't be found. Police broadcast the names and descriptions of the children on the police radio and officers split up to search the woods along Kiwanis Park from north to south.
A short time later a Brookfield police officer located the boys, unharmed but covered in mud, under the Washington Avenue Bridge. The boys told the officer they were looking for frogs along the riverbank.
Police reunited the boys with their parents, who told officers that "they would address the situation appropriately," according to the police report.
Vehicle reported stolen
Riverside police charged a 17-year-old Berwyn boy with possession of a stolen motor vehicle after an incident involving a 19-year-old Berwyn woman at Indian Gardens on the afternoon of Sept. 14.
The boy reportedly drove away with the woman's car after what police described as a sexual encounter in the backseat of the vehicle. The woman had halted the sex act and got out of the vehicle. The boy then drove away from the scene, according to the police report.
The woman ran to a house across the street to report the stolen vehicle and ended up being transported to the hospital by paramedics after passing out. She reportedly suffers from a heart condition.
Police located the vehicle at McDonald's on Ogden Avenue in Lyons and detained the Berwyn boy. In addition to possession of a stolen motor vehicle, he was charged with domestic battery and possession of cannabis.
The same two people were caught in the midst of a sex act in Indian Gardens in April, according to the police report.
Theft/burglary from vehicle
A 47-year-old Chicago man contacted North Riverside police on Sept. 12 to report that someone had stolen the license plates from his 2001 Cadillac DeVille, which was parked in the lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, between noon and 2:45 p.m.
A resident of the 4600 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, called Brookfield police on Sept. 15 about 3:50 a.m. after noticing a suspicious SUV parked next to another vehicle on the east side of the street and then hearing the sound of power tools.
Police arrived to find that the catalytic converter had been sawed off from underneath a 1997 Ford truck. The SUV was last seen leaving the area northbound on Raymond Avenue.
A 23-year-old Berwyn man contacted police on Sept. 15 to report that someone removed a backpack, which contained a video game console, headphones and games valued at $700, from his 2015 Chevy Malibu, which was parked in the lot at the North Riverside Park Mall between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
According to the police report, the vehicle likely was left unlocked. The backpack was left in plain view on the back seat of the car.
Package stolen from porch
A resident of the 4400 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that a package delivered to her home by the U.S. Postal Service on Sept. 7 was missing. The post office confirmed delivery of the package, which contained a vintage doll, on that day, but it wasn't there when the victim returned home that night. The loss was valued at $25.
One paver at a time
Someone stole a single brick paver — apparently for the second time since early July — from the front of a property in the 4500 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, overnight on Sept. 11-12.
The missing brick was noticed by the property owner in the morning. The owner said she didn't report the first incident, but wanted it documented this time.
Glass door shattered
A resident of the 9400 block of Lincoln Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police after someone shattered the glass screen door on the front entrance to her home about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 12.
The victim told police she was watching TV with her husband in the living room when they heard the glass shatter. The homeowners could not find any object that might have damaged the glass, and no one was seen in the area.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 11-17, 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