Information developed by a Riverside police officer who is a member of the West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force led police on Friday to arrest a former Riverside resident in Berwyn, charging him with drug dealing and weapons offenses.

At 1:30 p.m., police executed a search warrant at a home in the 7100 block of 31st Street in Berwyn, where they arrested 20-year-old Francis X. Golniewicz IV. He has been charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful use of a weapon.

Golniewicz, reportedly, is a self-admitted member of the Villa Lobos gang. At the time of his arrest, he reportedly had in his possession 62 grams of cannabis, packaged for sale, and a loaded .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Golniewicz reportedly lives with his father, former Cook County judge Francis X. Golniewicz III, who was reportedly home at the time the search warrant was executed by police.

The elder Golniewicz was a Cook County judge from 1994 until 2004, when the Illinois Courts Commission threw him out of office for claiming to live in a Chicago judicial district, when he actually lived in Riverside.

Pawn shop burglarized

Five men broke into a North Riverside pawn shop on Jan. 5, smashing two glass display cases and taking their contents, including consumer electronics items, videogame consoles and a laptop computer.

North Riverside police were notified that the burglar alarm was sounding at E-Z Pawn, 7361 W. 25th St. at 4:50 a.m. When they arrived, police discovered the glass front door to the business broken out and the perpetrators gone.

Police later learned the alarm first sounded at 4:41 a.m., but police were not notified until almost 10 minutes later. Surveillance cameras showed five men enter the store. Four of them broke open the two display cases, while one suspect ran into a back room where the computer was removed.

All five left the store through the broken front door and carrying various electronic items.

Riverside car break-ins

Riverside police reported five thefts from motor vehicles and one vehicle burglary in the first few days of the new year, mostly on the eastern and north ends of the village near Harlem Avenue.

Two thefts from vehicles were reported on Jan. 1 along with one burglary to a vehicle. The burglary took place in the 200 block of Northwood Road. A rock was used to smash the window of a vehicle, and the offender removed an HTC cellphone from inside. Thefts to unlocked vehicles took place in the 300 block of East Burlington Street (GPS unit) and the first block of East Burlington Street (iPod, $200 in cash).

Two more thefts from vehicles were reported on Jan. 2 in the 200 block of Longcommon Road (garage door opener) and the 400 block of Kent Road (lottery tickets).

Finally, someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3700 block of Harlem Avenue on Jan. 6 and removed a cellphone.

North Riverside garage burglarized

A resident of the 8900 block of 24th Street, North Riverside, reported to police on Jan. 8 that, during the overnight hours, someone forced open the service door to his garage, went inside and removed a Craftsman lawnmower, Craftsman snowblower, Craftsman trimmer, a large Craftsman toolbox and storage drawers containing several DeWalt power tools.

BB shooter targets Brookfield vehicles

The windows of 16 vehicles were shattered, likely after having been shot by someone firing a BB gun, in Brookfield, Jan. 4-7. Most of the incidents appeared to have occurred during the overnight hours of Jan. 4 and 5, according to police reports.

Three incidents were reported Jan. 4-5 in the 3300 block of Prairie Avenue, one in the 3500 block of Oak Avenue, one in the 3100 block of Park Avenue, two in the 3800 block of Forest Avenue, one in the 3900 block of Forest Avenue, three in the 8800 block of Southview Avenue, one in the 9000 block of Southview Avenue and one in the 9100 block of Southview Avenue.

On Jan. 7, one incident was reported in the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue and two were reported in the 4200 block of Elm Avenue.

Officer hurt scuffling with arrestee

A Brookfield police officer suffered a broken hand trying to take a 21-year-old man into custody during what was reported as a domestic incident in the 4500 block of Park Avenue just after midnight on Jan. 5. The officer will be out of action for up to six weeks, police said.

The arrestee, 21-year-old Christopher Passero, was charged with felony aggravated battery and resisting arrest. He remains in Cook County Jail with bail set at $5,000.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 29, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012, 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

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