A 23-year-old Brookfield man faces burglary and trespassing charges after he allegedly broke into a Nissan Quest and a 20-foot Bayliner Sierra boat, which were parked in a private lot at the corner of Ogden and Park avenues, on Aug. 24 just after midnight.
A police officer performing radar checks in the 9000 block of Ogden Avenue reported seeing a man jump over the fence of the lot, which was located about 100 feet east of where he was parked on the south side of Ogden Avenue.
The officer drove over to the man, later identified as William A. Arscott, and asked what he was doing. Arscott reportedly began walking away and then began running when the officer yelled at him to stop.
Arscott was apprehended in the 4000 block of Park Avenue and reportedly told the officer he was trying to steal speaker boxes. On the ground just outside the fence, police reported finding a large speaker box containing two Diamond speakers, a large speaker box containing two Pioneer speakers, a 22-inch television and Path-Pro Golf Training Aid.
The owner of the property said the items were stored in the van and boat. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved two counts of felony burglary against Arscott, who was also charged with criminal trespass to property and resisting arrest.
As of Monday afternoon, Arscott was being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $30,000.
Foreclosed home burglarized
On Aug. 23 just before noon, police were called to a home in the 8100 block of 26th Street, North Riverside, to investigate a burglary. The home is in foreclosure and the bank is supposed to be checking to make sure it is being maintained.
During a check of the property on Aug. 23, the former homeowners, who still had access to the home, noticed that a stainless-steel stove was missing from the kitchen and that garbage including leaves, broken glass and mail belonging to a former neighbor had been thrown down the basement stairs.
Police discovered a side door that appeared to have been pried open and then re-secured.
A resident of the 4500 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, reported that sometime between 2:30 and 11:30 p.m., someone forced open the rear door to his apartment and removed a laptop computer, a cellphone and a wireless adapter.
A contractor working on a Riverside apartment called police on Aug. 25 just before noon to report that several tools were taken from inside the apartment overnight. Among the items taken were a yellow and black Dewalt tool bag containing miscellaneous channel locks, screwdrivers, drill bits, blades, battery chargers and batteries; a Dewalt screw gun and a Dewalt Sawzall. The items were valued at $800.
Money stolen to pay for lost books
An 18-year-old Maywood man who was an employee at Sears at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, reportedly stole $800 from the store in order to pay for textbooks he lost as a high school student last year.
A supervisor at Sears reported that $800 was missing from a register operated by the employee on Aug. 17. When confronted about the missing money, the employee reportedly told his supervisor that he only deposited part of that evening’s receipts so he could pay off the debt he owed at his high school.
He was charged with theft.
Cyclist, rollerblader hit by vehicles at 8 Corners
Two people – a 44-year-old man on rollerblades and a 13-year-old girl on a bicycle – were struck by vehicles as they were attempting to cross the street at Eight Corners on Aug. 24.
Just before 8 a.m., a 13-year-old girl was using the crosswalk to cross Grand Boulevard on her bike when a white cargo van driven by a man who appeared to be in his 20s struck her.
The van did not stop and left the scene eastbound on Broadway Avenue. The girl was not seriously hurt and refused treatment by paramedics at the scene.
Then just before 6 p.m., an 80-year-old Brookfield woman reportedly struck a 44-year-old man who was rollerblading across Maple Avenue at the circle in the crosswalk. The man was not seriously hurt and refused treatment by paramedics. The driver of the vehicle was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 20-26, 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