North Riverside police charged an employee of a clothing store at the North Riverside Park Mall with battery after he allegedly groped a teenage girl in a fitting room last month.

According to the police report, on May 19 the 16-year-old Chicago girl walked into Soopra to try on some clothes. Once inside, an employee later identified as William Tomsovic, 24, of Bellwood, began talking with her and brought her some clothes to try on.

Tomsovic reportedly began flirting with her and trying to guess her age. He also reportedly remarked the girl had a “big booty.”

Finally, Tomsovic allegedly entered the fitting room, told the girl he needed to check her waist and reportedly stuck his left hand all the way into the girl’s pants and grabbed her lower buttocks.

The girl pushed Tomsovic away, but he allegedly remained in front of her and put his hands on the girl’s waist. Tomsovic allegedly attempted to block the girl from leaving, but the girl left the fitting room and the store.

Later that day she told her parents what happened and reportedly identified Tomsovic in a photo lineup on May 24. Police received a call on May 27 that Tomsovic was at work, and officers arrested him in the food court of the mall at about 10:20 a.m.

He reportedly denied touching the girl or entering the fitting room. Tomsovic will appear in court on June 28 at Maybrook.


• Brookfield police charged Kevin J. Sedlak, 18, of North Riverside, with attempted residential burglary for reportedly attempting to break into a house in the 3100 block of Raymond Avenue on the morning of June 1.

Police reported that an 18-year-old resident of the home returned from taking his girlfriend to school at 9:40 a.m. A short time later he said he heard the sound of breaking glass coming from his bedroom.

Pushing the window blinds aside, he reported seeing Sedlak, whom he recognized from school, standing in front of the window. Sedlak fled on foot.

Police said that the screen to the window had been cut and that there was blood on the screen. North Riverside police took Sedlak into custody at his home.

• A North Riverside resident reported to Brookfield police that between 1 p.m. on May 21 and 7:45 p.m. on June 1, someone entered her aunt’s home in the 4100 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, and stole several items.

Among the items missing were a Sears Craftsman gas lawn mower, taken from the basement; a Sears Craftsman cordless drill, taken from a bedroom; a Dynex 32-inch flat panel TV, taken from a bedroom; and a 3-foot crowbar, also taken from the bedroom.

It also appeared that someone tried to gain entry to the detached garage. Police on June 2 reported recovering the lawnmower from an unidentified person. No charges were filed.

• A resident of the 4000 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, reported that during the early morning hours of June 4 his garage had been burglarized.

A neighbor told the victim that he found the overhead garage door open. The victim went to check and found several rolls of copper wire taken, along with five 100-foot extension cords, and a Skil circular saw.

The victim told police he might have left the overhead door open when he came home that morning at 12:30 a.m.

• Brookfield police believe that someone forced open a service door to break into the garage of a home in the 3800 block of Grove Avenue some time between 4 p.m. on June 4 and 1 p.m. on June 6.

Scrap copper pipe, a Dewalt compound saw and other tools were taken from the garage.

Not so fast

Riverside police charged Villa Park resident Edgar Tolentino with drag racing and aggravated driving while revoked after an officer reported seeing Tolentino racing another vehicle and traveling at 64 mph in a 30 mph zone while southbound on Harlem Avenue from Robinson Road at 3:25 a.m. on June 6.

An officer was able to curb Tolentino’s 1999 Ford Explorer at Pershing Road; his drag racing opponent got away.

At first, police said, Tolentino gave the officer a Mexican ID card bearing a different name. A fingerprint analysis done at the station confirmed his identity and the fact that he had an outstanding warrant from DuPage County for aggravated DUI and driving while revoked.; Tolentino has two prior DUI convictions, police said.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from May 27 to June 6 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