Police Reports
A man armed with a large kitchen knife robbed a Riverside convenience store of between $60 and $80 early on the morning of Sept. 29, police said.

Riverside police said a man walked into the 7-Eleven, 2600 Harlem Ave., at 12:03 a.m., brandished a large knife and demanded money from the clerk. Neither the clerk nor a customer at the counter making a purchase at the time was harmed, and police said the customer left the scene after the robbery.

The offender wore a black bandanna on his head and a blue bandanna over his face, obscuring it almost completely. He wore a dark-colored jacket with some sort of rectangular patch on the right arm, black cargo pants and black shoes. Notably, the man wore a white glove on his left hand and a black glove on his right hand.

According to Detective Sgt. David Krull, the man walked into the store with the knife displayed and immediately said, “Give me all your money. Hurry up. I want all of it.”

The robbery was over within a minute, said Krull. After the offender left, the clerk reportedly finished ringing up the customer, who was reportedly on break from the Edward Don Company, which is across the street. The customer was gone by the time police arrived.

Police believe the robbery may be linked to one committed at the same store on Oct. 5, 2010. In that incident, a knife-wielding man wearing a “Scream”-style Halloween mask robbed the 7-Eleven of $250. He was wearing a white mitten on one hand and a black mitten on his left.

“We’re not ruling it out,” said Krull. “The two different gloves, it’s just too coincidental.”

Down payment made with bad check

On Sept. 26, North Riverside police responded to Castle Buick, 7400 Cermak Road, after the company’s finance manger called to report an incident of check fraud.

According to the report, a 28-year-old Oak Park man bought a 2008 Chevy Impala on April 23, writing a check for the down payment. The check was later found to have been written on a closed account.

The bad check was initially reported in April, but the car dealer again notified police due to the fact that it had not been able to re-acquire the vehicle since that time.

School’s windows targeted

For at least the third time in the past month, someone has broken out windows at Congress Park School, 9311 Shields Ave. in Brookfield. The last two incidents were reported last week.

On Sept. 26, a custodian at the school called police to report that a window on the east wall next to the playground was shattered. The incident happened over the weekend when school was not in session.

Then on Oct. 3, the same custodian reported to police that someone had broken a 3-by-1-foot window at an entrance on the east side of the building.

North Riverside home burglarized

The owners of a home in the 2400 block of Keystone Avenue, North Riverside, reported on Oct. 2 that between 6 and 10 p.m. on that date, someone gained entry to their home through an open kitchen window and removed a cellphone and a passport from a bedroom dresser.

Handgun turns out to be BB gun

Brookfield police issued a local ordinance ticket for disorderly conduct to Israel Melgarejo, 33, of Chicago, after multiple police departments responded to the vicinity of Eberly Avenue and 47th Street to investigate three subjects displaying a silver handgun while riding in a white van at about 6:10 p.m. on Sept. 30

LaGrange police curbed the vehicle on 55th Street in Countryside, where an officer determined that the weapon was a BB gun replica of a semiautomatic handgun. During questioning, Melgarejo reportedly told police he was just playing around with the gun and did not point it at anyone. No one in the car claimed ownership of the gun, which was taken by police.

Batteries taken from trucks

Two truck drivers told Brookfield police that during the overnight hours of Sept. 29 and 30, someone removed the batteries from their semi-tractors, which were parked in a lot in the 9000 block of 47th Street.

Thieves stole four batteries from a 2000 Mack truck, while taking two more from a 2004 Mack truck. Each of the batteries was valued at $120.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 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