Riverside police say they’ve put the brakes on a marijuana dealer who operated out of an Ogden Avenue apartment after arresting 19-year-old Angel L. Mateo outside of his residence around 12:30 a.m. on June 20.

An officer on patrol in the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue reported seeing a white Kia parked next to an apartment building. A man later identified as Broadview resident David Adams, 19, was standing next to the vehicle, speaking to the occupants through the driver’s side window.

As the officer approached and asked Mateo and his 18-year-old girlfriend to step out of the car, Adams reportedly tossed something inside the vehicle, where the officer reported seeing three plastic baggies containing cannabis on the floor of the car.

After getting permission from Mateo’s mother to search the residence, police reported finding another 14.36 grams of cannabis in Mateo’s bedroom. He was charged with two counts of possession of cannabis and one count of selling cannabis. Adams was charged with one count of possession.

According to Police Chief Tomas Weitzel, police had been investigating the location for some time after getting reports of drug sales in that area.

“This property and offender had been on our radar for some time. Riverside police and WEDGE personnel had been conducting surveillance for the last few weeks in response to complaints of unusual activity occurring on the 7300 block of West Ogden,” Weitzel said in a press release issued Monday.

Purse snatched from home

A resident of the 4100 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, reported on June 16 that some time during the previous night, someone stole his wife’s purse, which was on a table in the living room.

Police concluded that the thief tore open the screen of the open window next to the table, reached in and grabbed the purse, which contained the victim’s driver’s license, credit cards, work ID and keys.

Former employee charged with break-in

Chicago resident Ervin Brigance, 25, faces a felony burglary charge after he reportedly broke into a business where he formerly worked at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 18.

According to police, Brigance worked at the Gateway newsstand kiosk about three years ago but remembered the combination to the lockbox that held a key to the cover over the cash register.

Just before 10 p.m., a mall security officer doing video surveillance of the mall common area noticed a subject dressed in black behind the counter of the Gateway kiosk. The subject opened the roller gate around the cash register and removed unknown items before he was apprehended by security guards.

The man in black turned out to be Brigance, according to police. He worked at a different store in the mall and allegedly admitting taking two handfuls of quarters from a cup next to the cash register for food money.

Police recovered $17 in quarters from Brigance, according to the report.

Potential victim becomes actual victim

A 20-year-old Chicago Ridge woman reported to North Riverside police on June 19 at 3:15 p.m. that she was walking in the east parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, when a silver Dodge Durango almost struck her.

The woman exchanged words with the driver, a muscular man of about 30, who stopped the SUV, got out and walked up to her. He then proceeded to grab her by the face and shove her back, knocking off her glasses. The driver then got back into the vehicle and left the area.

Police could not locate the offender.

Boy robbed of bike, video game

A 14-year-old North Riverside boy was riding his bike in the 7600 block of 25th Street in North Riverside on June 13 about 1:40 p.m., when two boys commanded him to pull over to the side of the road and hand over his bike.

When the victim resisted, one of the two offenders placed his hand in his pocket, as if to indicate he had some sort of weapon. The victim gave up his bicycle to the offenders who also ripped a shopping bag holding a video game and a game controller from his hand.

Felony DUI

Berwyn resident Elisa Guzman, 28, faces a felony drunk-driving charge after an officer stopped her driving erratically – and slowly – in a red Ford van while heading northbound on Harlem Avenue from Ogden Avenue about 4:15 a.m. on June 18.

Guzman was going 20 mph in a 30-mph zone and crossed the center line before police pulled her over at Lindberg Road. Police reported finding an open beer bottle and empty mini-bottle of vodka in the van.

Guzman had no valid driver’s license and the vehicle was uninsured, prompting the felony upgrade.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 13-20, 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