Riverside was hit with its 12th burglary of 2011 last week, as offenders made off with thousands of dollars in home electronics, musical instruments and jewelry. According to the police report, the owner of a home in the 100 block of Cowley Road called to report that someone had broken into the home between 10:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Entry was gained either through a side door, where a window had been broken, or through an unlocked kitchen window, police said. Taken from the residence were two flat-panel TVs, a music recorder, a Wii game system, laptop computer, iPod, two cameras, a flute, a piccolo, two watches, jewelry, luggage and four guitars, including a Gibson Les Paul, a Gibson ES335, a Fender Stratocaster and a Martin acoustic guitar.

For the second consecutive week, North Riverside police reported a residential burglary in that village. The owner of a home in the 2400 block of 7th Avenue told police that some time between 8:10 a.m. and 6:40 p.m., someone gained entry to the residence and removed a flat-panel TV, a Bose radio system, an iPod and docking station, $500 in cash, and jewelry. Police reported that entry was gained by breaking a window on the west side of the house behind the back porch. The homeowner also told police that a week or two ago, a man about 18-20 years old and wearing a hooded sweatshirt was pounding on the back door. The homeowner didn’t open the door and no entry was gained at that time, but the homeowner noticed that the man and two other males entered the backyard and walked around the house. The home may have been targeted since that incident.

A witness told Brookfield police he saw two men enter a home in the 9500 block of Lexington Avenue on April 18 about 1:30 p.m. and walk out 10 minutes later carrying a few bags. The witness told police the two men walked westbound in the alley until they got into a light tan or brown vehicle and left the area. The two men may have burglarized the residence. One of the people living in the residence told police he returned home at 2:24 p.m. and discovered his Playstation 3 gaming system and various video games missing from the living room. The family’s dog was found in a basement bathroom. Before leaving the residence, the complainant told police the dog had been roaming freely throughout the house.

On April 21, Brookfield received a call from the owner of a home in the 9300 block of Lincoln Avenue, stating someone apparently tried to break into the house. Police stated there were pry marks on the door and damage to the molding around it. However, no items appeared to be missing from the home.

A 17-year-old Riverside-Brookfield High School student reported on April 19 that between 7:30 a.m. and 3:05 p.m., someone broke out the rear passenger window of his 1999 Chevy, which was parked in the 8400 block of Rockefeller Avenue, ransacked the glove box and removed an iPod Touch, iPod charger and cellphone charger.

Man claims armed robbery

A 45-year-old Chicago man told North Riverside police he was robbed by a man wielding a butcher knife in the parking lot of Pearle Vision, 2200 Harlem Ave., near the bus stop on April 22 at 1:28 a.m. The victim told police he had been dropped off at the corner by a friend and was waiting for a bus. He was counting out money when a red Ford Escort pulled up. A man displaying a butcher knife exited the driver’s side of the car and told the victim to give him the money. The victim reported handing over $14 to the offender, who got back into the car, which drove away north on Harlem Avenue. The driver was described as a white male, 19 years old, 6-feet-6, 170 pounds, with black hair, a beard and wearing a Nike hooded sweatshirt, ripped jeans and white gym shoes.

Car strikes tree, other car

Riverside police on April 24 charged Brookfield resident Bryan Witkowski, 41, with aggravated driving under the influence after his tan Chevy Malibu reportedly sideswiped a 2007 Honda, parked in the 200 block of East Quincy Street, and then hit a tree on the south side of the 100 block.

Police reported finding several beer bottles inside the car and said Witkowski had beer spilled on his clothing. His license had previously been suspended for another DUI arrest, police said. Witkowski was not injured. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .152, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 18-25, 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