A man posing as a driveway repair contractor distracted a Brookfield man while his accomplice ransacked the bedrooms inside and stole several jewelry boxes, rings, $20 and a laundry bag on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. The alleged repairman approached the homeowner while the man was raking leaves and offered to fix his driveway for $300. The two entered the house to “get a pen” and then exited. The man told police the false contractor allegedly spoke on his cell phone to someone he referred to as “worker number one.” He told the man he was speaking to an employee doing a job on the next block. He set up two cones on the sidewalk and promised to return soon. He left on foot. When the homeowner’s wife returned, she discovered a side door unbolted and the valuables missing. The man told police he observed a second man pass on the street as the first man was leaving.


A Garmin GPS, an iPod charger, Panasonic DVD recorder, $5 and possibly beer and ice cream were stolen from a garage in the 40 block of DuBois Road overnight on Nov. 18. Police said thieves removed the garage door opener from a parked unlocked van in front of the house and opened the garage door 20-inches to gain entrance.

Howard Brundage, 18, of Longcommon Road, Riverside and a female juvenile were charged with theft at Riverside Brookfield High School on Nov. 18 after being found in possession of a black North Face jacket and a Sprint smart cell phone that had been stolen from a locker a few days previously. Brundage and the juvenile girl allegedly admitted seeing the items sticking out of a half-open locker and taking them. She was petitioned to juvenile court. Brundage has a Dec. 17 court date in Maybrook.

Pedestrian struck

An 81-year-old Lyons driver allegedly struck a male pedestrian at Burlington and Prairie in Brookfield on Nov. 19 at 4:43 p.m. Patricia T. Jaworski was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian. The 58-year-old man was taken to Loyola in Maywood.


Brookfield police arrested Elyse Jeanelle Klein, 26, of Lyons at the 9300 block of Ogden, after allegedly observing her 2004 black Chevy Impala traveling in the curb lane and striking the curb at 3:56 a.m. on Nov. 20. Passengers allegedly told police she had been drinking “five or six” beers and that they had offered to drive. Klein failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Brookfield police station where she allegedly “began to cry and scream obscenities” at the responding officer. She continued to be “verbally abusive and uncooperative” with the officers and was placed in a cell. She was charged with DUI and released to her mother

Gregory Meza, 21, of the 4300 block of Arthur, Riverside was charged with DUI after Brookfield police observed him allegedly speeding and squealing tires eastbound on Ogden on Nov. 21 at 3:59 a.m. Passenger Brian Meza, 20, of the same address was charged with underage drinking.

Peter Alequin, 29, of Schiller Park was arrested by Riverside police at 3:49 a.m. on Nov. 19 after cops saw him allegedly crossing the yellow line and weaving back and forth between lanes at 25th and Harlem. Alequin failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Riverside police station where he was determined to have a blood alcohol content of .257. He was charged with DUI.

Everett E. Beard, 22, of the 1000 block of W. 104th Place, Chicago was arrested and charged with DUI after he passed a Riverside police car allegedly going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone southbound on Harlem at 3:10 a.m. on Nov. 20. He declined to stop when a squad car turned on emergency lights, but a second squad intersected his 1999 Oldsmobile at Harlem and Ogden and he pulled over. Beard failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Riverside police station. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of .19.

Shanise T. Wooten, 22, of Bolingbrook was pulled over by police at 2:01 a.m. on Nov. 21 in the 3800 block of Harlem Ave. after cops observed her 1999 Mercury weaving and straddling the white broken line. Wooten stopped her car in the left traffic lane of Harlem and then pulled to the side of the road where she allegedly parked with three of four tires on the curb. Wooten refused a field sobriety test, but police searching her car discovered an empty bottle of Seagram’s vodka, a partially empty bottle of Seagram’s gin and a glass of orange juice. She was charged with DUI and released on bond.

Burglary to auto

Overnight on Nov. 16, someone broke into several garages in the 200 – 300 block of Scottswood Rd. and the 200 block of Millbridge Rd. in Riverside. One victim reported hearing his car alarm sound around 3 a.m. According to police, a series of garages were entered by prying service door locks. Inside, burglars broke car windows to steal navigation/GPS Units, AM/FM/CD car stereos, prescription sunglasses, United States currency and a vehicle emblem.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22 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 Jean Lotus