A person allegedly drove up to a 15-year-old boy in the North Riverside Park Mall parking lot at 5:23 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, solicited a sex act and asked the boy to get into the car. Former Berwyn resident Christina J. Quirke, 30, of the 3500 block of N. Southport in Chicago was charged with indecent solicitation of a child and attempted child abduction. The 15-year-old refused to enter Quirke’s vehicle and called his parents, who called police. Berwyn police reported that Quirke was a suspect in a similar incident that occurred in Berwyn earlier the same day.  North Riverside and Berwyn police worked together to identify Quirke and she was arrested in Chicago Nov. 15.

DUI Hit-and-Runs

North Riverside police arrested Sunny R. Garcia, 25, of the 1500 block of S. Grove in Berwyn for hitting a vehicle in the parking lot of the Sweet Spot Bar and Grill in the 2500 block of Des Plaines Ave. on Nov. 11 at 3:03 a.m. A witness at the Sweet Spot observed Garcia backing his car into a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene of the accident, traveling eastbound on 26th Street. from Des Plaines Avenue.

Police cars followed Garcia through the intersection at Harlem and into Cermak Plaza, where he drove his silver Mitzubishi into the McDonald’s drive-through lane. Police approached the vehicle on each side and ordered Garcia to turn the vehicle off and exit. Instead, Garcia, oblivious to police presence, continued to attempt to place a food order with the McDonald’s cashier. Police removed him from the car and detained him in handcuffs, due to his uncooperative manner.

Garcia refused field sobriety tests, but tested at a blood alcohol content of .188, more than double the legal limit of .08. He was charged with DUI, driving under a suspended license, no proof of vehicle insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Riverside police arrested Saul Moreno, 36, of the 2100 block of S. Central in Cicero after witnesses reported a hit-and-run at Lawton Rd. and Olmsted on Nov. 19 at 8:24 p.m. Moreno’s car had sustained significant damage and had a flat tire when police pulled him over. He was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident, uninsured vehicle and transporting open liquor containers.

Garage burglaries

North Riverside and Riverside police reported a rash of garage burglaries last week. North Riverside burglaries included $3,000 worth of tools stolen Nov. 14 from a garage in the 8900 of W. Forestview Dr., which had been entered via a pried-open service door.  Tools were stolen and a van window was smashed Nov. 18 from a garage in the 8900 block of W. 24th. Police believe the door was opened with a universal remote that was able to determine the code of the garage motor.  An unlocked service door around the 3100 block of S. Harlem in Riverside was the entry point for someone who stole an iPhone 4, a wallet with credit cards, an in-dash radio, a gold Texas A&M class ring and three pairs of sunglasses overnight between Nov. 17 and 18. Police responding to the call also found a car parked nearby (also near Harlem and 31st St.) with a broken rear window. The owner said a school book bag and a book worth $230 were stolen.

CVS smash-and-grab

Someone threw a large stone through a 4-foot by 5-foot window at the CVS on 9139 Broadway in Brookfield sometime between 10 p.m. Nov. 15 and 1:10 a.m. Nov. 16. The manager told police that she suspected, although could not exactly verify that 15 to 30 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, worth $70 each were stolen. The manager told police she would follow up if she could retrieve security footage.

More DUI arrests

Michael Knowles, of New Lenox, was stopped by Riverside police after being clocked driving 60 miles per hour southbound on Harlem Ave. at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. Knowles was combative and verbally threatening according to police reports, telling police he “was a wrestler at UIC and a brown belt” and bragging he could “take” the officer. Fresh damage was observed by police on his car, which had a flat front tire. Police also noticed a baggy with a green leafy substance in the car console which tested positive for cannabis. Knowles was charged with DUI alcohol, DUI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Eric Torres of the 1300 block of S. Highland, Berwyn was also stopped after Riverside police observed him driving northbound on Harlem weaving his Cadillac in and out of lanes and nearly causing an accident. After failing field sobriety tests, he was charged with DUI, failure to wear a seatbelt and various traffic offenses.

Michael R. Schaber, 21, of the 4400 block of Maple, Brookfield, was arrested and charged with DUI after police observed him driving in the wrong lanes in the 9500 block of Ogden Ave. at 4:16 a.m. on Nov. 19.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 15-22, 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 Jean Lotus