Brookfield police last week apprehended two men accused of two garage burglaries in Brookfield during October.

A police officer on patrol just after 4 a.m. on Nov. 5 reported seeing a 2000 Dodge Intrepid parked in the rear lot of Cock Robin, 8861 Burlington Ave. Two men, later identified as Wayne L. Buechel, 40, of Bridgeview, and Dean J. Juarez, 32, of Minooka, were asleep in the vehicle at the time.

Their apprehension closed a three-week burglary investigation that stemmed from the burglaries of two garages in the 9500 block of Jackson Ave. on Oct. 14-15. In both incidents, burglars stole power tools and hand tools.

Brookfield police a few days later found several of those tools at Archer Loans, a pawn shop in Summit. The owner of that business reportedly told police that Buechel was a “longtime customer” and had pawned the items. Pawn tickets were signed by Buechel, according to the police report.

On Nov. 5, when police found the two men sleeping in the car, Buechel reportedly gave his name as “Dave,” but a Cook County Sheriff’s work program ID found in his possession confirmed he was Wayne Buechel.

Buechel was also found to be wanted on two warrants, one from Will County for burglary and one from Cicero.

Both Buechel and Juarez were charged with two counts each of burglary, which is a felony.

Break-ins reported

North Riverside police last week reported one residential burglary and two attempted break-ins.

On Nov. 2 at about 11 a.m., police were called to a home in the 2300 block of Hainsworth Avenue for a burglary in progress. The 56-year-old female victim told police that she was in the bathroom when she heard the door bell ring.

The woman ignored the door bell, but a short time later heard a loud banging noise from the side entrance to the home. She told police, she saw a husky man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt punch the glass window out of the interior side door.

When he found that the homeowner was present, the offender fled toward the alley.

On Nov. 4, a real estate agent called police to report the burglary of a condominium unit in the 7600 block of 26th Street. The break-in happened some time between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4.

The door frame to the unit was damaged and the dead bolt removed. Boxes and purses from a bedroom were strewn on the floor and dresser drawers had been ransacked. Police noted that an adjacent unit also showed signs of an attempted forced entry.

Cermak Road drag race

Two Cicero residents have been charged with street racing and reckless driving after reportedly racing at speeds exceeding 60 mph on Cermak Road heading east from Desplaines Avenue around 1:15 a.m. on Nov. 8.

According to the police report, an officer witnessed a red Honda and red Saturn burn rubber after the light turned green at Desplaines Avenue. The cars then accelerated to speeds over 60 mph, police said. The officer pulled over both vehicles in the 7600 block of Cermak Road.

Javier Santos, 18, and Melchor V. Domantay, 20, were both charged with speeding, speeding 21 mph over the limit, street racing, reckless driving and illegal squealing of tires.

Back for more

For the second time this year, Portage, Ind. resident Thomas Donnelly could not make it all the way through Riverside without being arrested.

On Nov. 5 just before 2 a.m., a motorist flagged down a Riverside police officer at 26th Street and Harlem Avenue to report a red vehicle swerving all over the road. The officer located the 1995 Dodge, with no headlights or taillights on, headed southbound on Harlem Avenue. The car reportedly swerved and struck the curb before stopping for police at Lindberg Road.

During the stop, the officer learned that the driver, Donnelly, had been arrested March 8 along First Avenue in Riverside for reckless driving and two felony drug offenses, including possession of a controlled substance (heroin) with intent to deliver.

As a result of that case, police filed seizure paperwork on Donnelly’s 2003 Ford Taurus. That seizure application is still winding its way through the courts, according to police.

Last week, Donnelly reportedly told police he had used three bags of heroin prior to being arrested. He was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for a blood/urine test. Police are awaiting the results of that test.

Donnelly was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and several traffic offenses.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Nov. 2 to Nov. 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