Brookfield police charged 18-year-old Jeremy K. Chavez, of Brookfield, with burglarizing three vehicles during the early morning hours of March 18. According to police reports, Chavez was drunk when he rifled through the three vehicles – two parked on the 4500 block of Forest Avenue and one in the 8800 block of 45th Place – and took items from them.

Police apprehended Chavez just after 4:30 a.m. after getting a call about a vehicle burglary in progress on the 4500 block of Forest Avenue. When police arrived, Chavez was reportedly inside a 2000 Volkswagen Passat.

Inside Chavez’s pockets were items the car’s owner identified as his. Police also recovered from Chavez an insurance card and vehicle registration information from a 1989 Cadillac, which they located down the block.

Finally, inside a 1991 Lincoln Continental parked on 45th Place, police found a set of house keys which were later determined to belong to Chavez. The keys apparently fell out of Chavez’s pocket while he was inside that vehicle, police said.

SUV burglarized at mall

The owner of a 2007 Mercury Mariner told North Riverside police that on March 14 between noon and 1:30 p.m., someone gained entry to his vehicle and removed an HP laptop computer from the floor of the rear seat compartment.

Public indecency

North Riverside police say they are looking for a man who exposed himself to two women outside a residence on the 8600 block of 26th Street just after 9:10 p.m. on March 14.

According to the police report, a 45-year-old woman and her 32-year-old friend were having a conversation in a car in front of the residence, when they noticed a man walking toward them.

A short time later, one of the women screamed, “Oh, God!” Standing directly outside the driver’s side door, the man had his Adidas jogging pants pulled down and was masturbating.

The driver locked the doors and began honking the car horn frantically, causing the man to run away eastbound on 26th Street and then northbound on 5th Avenue.

Scam perpetrated in Brookfield

A 78-year-old Brookfield woman complained to police on March 16 that at about 3:40 p.m. that day, two men pulled up in a beige minivan. One man, described as white, about 50 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 220 pounds and wearing a fluorescent safety vest, got out of the van and walked up to the house.

The man said he had been digging in the back, dug too deep and caused a water leak. He asked the woman to show him the basement so they could check for flooding. After about 20 minutes of the man poking around the basement, the man left.

When the homeowner went back upstairs she realized her bedroom had been ransacked. It was unclear whether anything was taken from the house.

Flag thief

Brookfield police were called to Brookfield United Methodist Church, 3541 Park Ave., just before 6 p.m. on March 17 to investigate the theft of an American flag from the flag pole in front of the church.

According to a witness, the flag had been cut down from the pole within the previous couple of hours. Police canvassed the area, looking for someone walking around with a flag, but without success.

Cain wasn’t able

Riverside police charged David D. Cain, 25, of Gary, Ind., with aggravated driving under the influence after an officer reported him driving a 1997 Ford Contour at 54 mph in a 30 mph on the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue at 8:19 a.m. on March 19.

According to the police report, Cain gave the officer an Indiana driver’s license, which turned out to be suspended. The vehicle was also uninsured.

Asked where he thought he was, Cain reportedly told the officer, “in Indiana.” Cain’s blood-alcohol level was reported to be .254, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.


Brookfield police charged Elva G. Lopez, 32, of Stickney, with DUI after an officer reported seeing her drive her 2004 Lexus erratically while westbound in the 9100 block of 31st Street at 1:19 a.m. on March 18.

Lopez reportedly failed sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. She was also cited for speeding, improper lane usage, failure to signal and driving an uninsured vehicle.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 14-20, 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