Two Cicero men are in Cook County Jail, accused of burglarizing vehicles in both Riverside and North Riverside last week.

Erik Larson, 18, is being held without bond while Shane E. Roden, 19, is being held on $50,000 bond for their alleged roles in the break-ins of several vehicles in the early morning hours of Sept. 20.

North Riverside police apprehended both men just after 1 a.m. that morning after receiving a report of an unknown person ringing a doorbell in the 2400 block of Hainsworth Avenue.

While en route to the address, police saw Larson walking northbound in the 2300 block of Hainsworth and saw Roden standing about four houses away, holding a red duffel bag.

Both men had a large amount of loose change in their pockets, while the duffel bag held a “medium-sized” club wrapped in electrical tape, a tool set, a global positioning system unit, a radar detector, a DVD, a skull-shaped gear shift knob, clothing and a pair of Armani sunglasses. In addition, police found a vehicle insurance card near the duffel bag. It belonged to a resident of the 2300 block of Hainsworth. The doors to the victim’s vehicle were unlocked and objects had been strewn about.

In addition, Larson allegedly was carrying a small black purse containing loose change an iPod, two power adaptors, jewelry, two pocket knives and metal business card holders.

Police reported six additional vehicles whose interiors had been rifled through in the 2300 and 2500 blocks of Hainsworth Avenue.

Owners of much of the property identified the items and North Riverside police charged Larson with three counts of theft and three counts of criminal trespass to a vehicle, all misdemeanors. Meanwhile, Roden was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass to a vehicle and one count of unlawful use of a weapon (for possessing the club).

In the meantime, Riverside police connected the two men to a pair of car break-ins in that village that same morning. Police reported that items were taken from a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 400 block of Uvedale Road and another parked in a driveway in the 400 block of Audubon Road. Among the items taken were GPS units, an iPod and Armani sunglasses.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging each man with two felony counts of burglary to a motor vehicle related to the Riverside incidents.

Third DUI arrest

Brookfield police charged Michael A. Herberts, 47, of Westmont, with aggravated driving under the influence after an officer reported seeing Herberts white Cadillac driving down the middle of the roadway while southbound in the 4200 block of Eberly Avenue just before 11 p.m. on Sept. 25.

According to police, Herberts appeared intoxicated when the officer stopped him at Eberly and Shields. Police reported Herberts’ license was revoked and that he had no insurance for his vehicle. He refused to submit to all sobriety tests, according to police.

The Cook County State’s Attorney approved upgrading the DUI to felony status, said police, because the arrest was Herberts’ third DUI offense. He was also cited for various traffic and equipment violations.

Burglary from vehicle

A resident of the 3900 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield reported that during the early morning hours of Sept. 26 someone entered her unlocked 2003 Honda Odyssey van and removed several items, including a checkbook with blank checks in it, a state ID, cellphone, a diaper bag and some loose change.

The resident’s ID card was found later that morning in LaGrange, near the intersection of Goodman and Spring.

Woman pushed to
ground, hits head

Brookfield resident David W. Hillmann, 39, was charged with battery on Sept. 26 just after midnight for allegedly pushing a 44-year-old Arkansas woman to the ground outside of a bar at Prairie and Burlington.

The woman reportedly hit her head on the sidewalk and was taken to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police apprehended Hillmann, who had been chased down by a 29-year-old North Riverside man and the woman’s 46-year-old husband.

Police reported that the argument that set off the battery may have been the result of Hillmann believing the woman and her husband threw beer over a fence and onto him while Hillmann was in the outdoor beer garden.

During the argument, Hillmann allegedly pushed the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26 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