A 20-year-old Riverside man was charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon and criminal damage to property after he reportedly swung a replica sword at a village gaslight, breaking the glass globe.

Police were called to the vicinity of North Delaplaine and Eastgrove roads at about 3 a.m. on March 30 by a resident reporting two unknown men on the back porch of his home.

Officers reported hearing the sound of metal banging on metal and then saw two men walking out from between two homes in the 300 block of Blythe Road. After questioning the two, police cited one for having a small amount of cannabis in his pocket.

The other was charged with damaging the gaslight with the sword, which police found in the yard of a nearby house.

Vehicles with temp plates stolen

A 48-year-old Oak Forest woman reported that her car was stolen from the food court parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road. The vehicle was described as a tan 2002 Audi A6 sedan with temporary license plates. It had been parked in the lot between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on March 28.

On March 29 at about 4 p.m., a 32-year-old Chicago man reported to North Riverside police that his teal 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix with 22-inch wheels and temporary license plates had been stolen from the parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall.

The man told police that he had parked the car at about 2:20 p.m. and when he returned two hours later, it was gone.

At about 6:30 p.m., police got a tip that the vehicle was seen parked in the 1900 block of South 15th Avenue in Broadview. By the time they arrived at that location, the car was no longer there, according to police.


A resident of the 7600 block of 26th Street, North Riverside, reported on April 2 that while he was away from home for a week, someone broke into his apartment and removed several items, including a safe.

Entry apparently was gained through a bedroom window, which was found open. The 31-year-old man who lived in the apartment said that someone removed a safe from the bedroom closet. A Playstation 3 videogame system was also reported missing from the apartment.

Animal sacrifice in the woods

A 57-year-old North Riverside man called police on March 26 at 6:40 p.m. to report that his wife had discovered nine dead animals just inside the tree line of the forest preserve grove in the 8700 block of 26th Street in North Riverside.

Police reported finding five pigeons and four roosters at the scene.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 26-April 2, 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