Brookfield police charged Mahendra K. Patel, 44, with three counts of disorderly conduct after he allegedly pulled down his pants, exposing himself to three of his neighbors at about 7:25 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue.

According to the report, a neighbor and his son were in their backyard talking about a new fence when Patel opened his door and began to argue with and curse his neighbor. Patel then allegedly walked out of the door, pulled down his pants, grabbed his penis and “moved his hand up and down,” all while telling his neighbor to “suck his –.”

Police reported that Patel was intoxicated when they arrived on the scene. They also stated that another neighbor who was sitting on her front porch at the time of the incident also witnessed Patel pull down his pants, grab his penis and curse at the neighbor. All three people agreed to sign complaints against Patel, who posted bond and faces a Sept. 27 court date.

Vehicle airbags stolen

After a spate of air conditioner thefts in the area in July and August, local thieves may now be turning their attention to a new item – automobile airbags.

On Aug. 31, an employee of Castle Buick, 7400 Cermak Road, North Riverside, called police to report that the airbags had been removed from five vehicles on the lot. Among the vehicles targeted were a 2007 GMC Acadia, a 2008 Pontiac G6-SE, a 2008 Cadillac Escalade, a 2008 GMC Acadia and a 2011 Buick Enclave.

The thefts took place some time between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, according to the report.

According to Deputy Police Chief Lane Niemann, airbag theft has replaced the GPS unit and car stereo as hot items for thieves. Because it is so expensive to replace airbags – more than $1,000 – thieves have learned that selling stolen airbags on the black market can be more lucrative and are getting sums as high as $500 per airbag.

Saw lifted from construction site

North Riverside police responded to a construction site at 7250 Cermak Road on Sept. 1 at 12:37 p.m. after a construction worker reported that a concrete saw, along with a 16-inch diamond blade, was stolen from his pickup truck.

According to the report, someone must have gained entry to the construction site through an opening in the fence and removed the saw when no one was paying attention. The vehicle was parked along Cermak Road inside the fenced-in yard.

Jerk throws apple at cyclist

A 46-year-old Hodgkins man reported to Brookfield police on Aug. 30 that he was riding his bicycle in the 9200 block of Shields Avenue at about 3:15 p.m., when a silver vehicle with two men inside drove by.

One of the men threw a brown paper bag containing an apple out of the passenger side window, hitting the cyclist in the face. Police observed redness around the victim’s right cheek.

Another vehicle keyed in Brookfield

A resident of the 3800 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that some time between Aug. 27 and Aug. 29, someone left multiple scratch marks along the entire passenger side of a 2006 Honda Accord that was parked on the street.

A dozen similar incidents were reported in August in the same general area of Brookfield.

Bike stolen from Brookfield park

An 11-year-old Brookfield boy told police that on Aug. 29 at about 5:30 p.m. he rode his dark green Chaos mountain bike to Jaycee/Ehlert Park and parked it next to the concession stand.

He left his bike unlocked and walked away for about five minutes, he told police. When he returned to the concession stand, the bike was missing.

Felony DUI

Chicago resident Candelario Mendez, 25, faces felony drunken-driving charges after being stopped by Riverside police on Sept. 1 at 1 a.m. for following another vehicle too closely.

A police officer reported seeing Mendez in a white Saturn crossing the railroad tracks on Harlem Avenue at Quincy Street, following “two to three feet” behind the vehicle in front of him.

The officer caught up at Ogden Avenue and got behind Mendez’s vehicle at a red light, where it was stopped two full car lengths behind the white line. When the light changed, Mendez drove across the lane divider and was stopped at 40th Street in Lyons.

Police also reported recovering an open container of beer in the center console of the car. Mendez’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly .147, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

The DUI charge was upgraded to a felony because Mendez does not possess a valid driver’s license and his vehicle was uninsured.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 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