An 80-year-old North Riverside man told police on June 23 that someone purporting to be his grandson tried to scam $3,200 from him over the phone.

The man said that when he answered the phone, a man on the other end said, “Grandpa?” When grandpa asked if it was his grandson, Joey, the would-be scam artist said he was. “Joey” claimed to be in Vancouver, Canada and that his car was stuck in a ditch. He asked the North Riverside man to wire him $3,200.

When grandpa stated he didn’t have the money and asked for a phone number, “Joey” said he was in detention and that his lawyer would call him back. “Joey” then hung up the phone. Grandpa was later able to learn that his grandson was, in fact, not in Vancouver and had not requested any money be wired to him.

Burglary from motor vehicle

A 48-year-old man visiting Sears at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 22 was away from his 2003 Chevy van for all of three minutes. During that brief time span, police say, someone broke out the front passenger side window and removed two wallets, a cellphone, two credit cards, $200 in cash and two checkbooks.

A man told Brookfield police that he was leaving a friend’s house at 3:20 a.m. on June 25 and found that someone had taken his wallet and a bottle of cologne from the center console of his 2000 Mercedes Benz, which was parked in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue. The vehicle was possibly unlocked.

Brookfield police also reported that someone stole several items out of a 2005 Ford Taurus parked in the 4200 block of Grove Avenue during the overnight hours of June 24-25. There was no sign of forced entry, said police, who listed the following items as being taken: A Garmin global positioning system unit, a cellphone, two knives, a multi-tool, loose change, six CDs and a pair of prescription eyeglasses.

BB gun seized

North Riverside police say they’ll give back a BB gun they seized from a Berwyn teenager if the youth’s parents come with him to the police station to retrieve it.

Police were called to the parking lot outside Sports Authority, 1800 Harlem Ave., at 10 a.m. on June 24 to respond to a complaint of two subjects sitting in a car, pointing a BB-gun they had just purchased at other cars.

When an officer approached, he reported seeing the driver, Octavius Simmons, 18, attempting to load a pistol-type BB gun. When the officer took the gun away, Simmons reportedly told the officer that he didn’t know it was against the law to load a BB gun in a car.

The officer said that when you play with toy guns in public, sometimes people think they are real and call the police. In addition to taking away the gun, police issued Simmons two citations for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.


A Romeoville man who has already served jail time for multiple DUI convictions will be in court again on the same charge after being arrested for driving under the influence in Riverside on June 23.

According to police, Ponciano Martinez, 31, was southbound on Harlem Avenue between Lawton and Ogden, drifting between lanes and nearly striking the curb. During the traffic stop, Martinez appeared intoxicated, police said, and refused to submit to field sobriety tests.

A computer check showed that Martinez had been convicted of DUI four times and was jailed twice. In addition to aggravated DUI, Martinez was also charged with aggravated driving while revoked.

Jose Galvan, 52, faces a DUI charge after he reportedly lost control of his Acura, which spun around 180 degrees, left the roadway and slammed into a tree while southbound on First Avenue north of Ogden at 6:15 p.m. on June 28.

A witness said Galvan was attempting to change lanes when he lost control of his car. Galvan allegedly told police he was cut off by another driver. Police stated that Galvan appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. After complaining of back pain, he was taken to MacNeal Hospital for treatment.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from June 22 through June 28 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