The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Jan. 10 through Jan. 16 and represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.
LaGrange Highlands resident Jeremiah Forsell, 27, was charged with a felony count of criminal damage to property after he allegedly tried and failed to ram a tow truck through the locked gates of the Kustom Auto Recovery yard, 9014 W. 47th St., Brookfield, around midnight on Jan. 15.
According to the report, an officer noticed Forsell in the storage lot after business hours standing next to a 2002 Ford DRW Super Duty tow truck that was wedged forcibly between two 7-by-10-foot chain link gates off 47th Street.
Police reported that the truck had been repossessed earlier that day for non-payment and, upset over the matter, Forsell admitted that he tried to drive it out of the lot by placing it in reverse and ramming the gate. The truck got “hung up on something,” however, and was unable to break through.
What the truck got “hung up” on was a 1963 Posi-Traction auto rear drive axle, which Forsell damaged when he drove over it. Damage to the axle was estimated at $700. An estimate on the damage to the gate was pending. He was also charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
Police also learned that Forsell was wanted on two Cook County warrants, one for DUI and one for domestic battery.
Possession of controlled substance
? Brookfield resident Loretta Folks, 47, was charged by Riverside police with multiple offenses, including possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop at 10:53 a.m. on Jan. 10. An officer reported seeing Folks’ car swerve around the railroad gates in downtown Riverside, heading south. During the stop, the officer also noticed groceries from Riverside Foods in the back seat of the car for which Folks allegedly didn’t have a receipt. A search of her vehicle also allegedly turned up 5 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, retail theft and possessing no valid driver’s license and no insurance.
? Brookfield police charged Chicago resident Steven Hajnos, 27, with driving under the influence after being stopped for speeding in the 3600 block of Grand Boulevard at 11:38 p.m. on Jan. 15. According to the report, the officer observed that Hajnos’ eyes were glassy, his speech was slurred and that he smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests, but refused a breath test. During a search of his 1996 Chevy Cavalier, police reported finding eight empty beer bottles on the floor.
? Chicago resident Bernadette Almodovar, 20, was charged by Riverside police with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle after police determined that the car she was allegedly driving was reported stolen in October of 2004 in Missouri.
Police originally ran the plates of the 2004 Dodge Neon after an officer reported it traveling at a very low rate of speed in the 3400 block of Harlem avenue at 3:06 a.m. on Jan. 10.
The officer learned that the car had been reported stolen by the Taney County Sheriff’s Police. The car had been taken from the lot of a service station. Almodovar allegedly told police that she has relatives in Missouri, but did not know the car was stolen. The assistant state’s attorney did not approve felony charges. In addition to criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, Almodovar was cited for having no valid driver’s license, possession no insurance and driving with an obstructed windshield.
? A resident of the 3200 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that during the late night hours of Jan. 12-13, someone smashed in the driver’s side window of his 1992 Buick four-door. He reported hearing the car alarm go off at 2 a.m., but didn’t investigate at the time. Two witnesses told police they heard the alarm and looked out the window to see a light-colored conversion van driving away northbound. Nothing appeared to be taken from the victims car.
? An employee at the BP gas station at 9137 Ogden Ave., Brookfield, reported that at 2:05 a.m. on Jan. 16, three men came into the store to buy beer. After the employee refused to sell the beer since it was after 2 a.m., one of the men went to the cooler, grabbed a 12-pack of beer and ran out the door. All three jumped into a green four-door car and fled eastbound on Ogden Avenue.
? Some time between 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, someone stole the left rear tire from a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am parked in the rear lot of an apartment complex in the 8900 block of Gerritsen Avenue, Brookfield. The offender left a cinder block underneath the chassis where the wheel had been. The loss was valued at $300.
Criminal damage to property
? A resident of the 3900 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that someone had thrown various colors of paint on the rear porch stairs, deck flooring, side of the porch enclosure and sidewalk. Officers found three 1-gallon paint cans in the backyard of a neighboring residence, but are still searching for the offender.
?”compiled by Bob Uphues