A man and woman may have used a fake Discover credit card to buy a pair of earrings valued at $3,400 at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Aug. 20 and tried to buy $2,500 in jewelry at another mall store, where they were told the card had been declined, so they left without making a purchase.

The couple entered Kay Jewelry prior to 3 p.m. and bought 1.5 karat diamond earrings, along with an extended warranty, using a Discover card for payment. The card did not swipe and the account number had to be entered manually.

The employee who made the transaction became suspicious and reported the sale after a security employee told him the same couple had just tried to use the same card to buy $2,500 in jewelry at Zales. The card was declined and the woman making the purchase appeared to be nervous and demanded the card back, according to the police report.

Package stolen from porch

A resident of the 9200 block of Monroe Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Aug. 28 that a UPS package delivered to that address earlier in the day had been stolen.

The victim stated she was tracking an order online and information indicated that the package was delivered at 11 a.m. When she went outside at noon to get the package, it was not there.

A call to UPS confirmed that the package, which contained about $40 in hair products, had been delivered.

Riverside apartment burglarized

Residents of the 3100 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, reported that between 6:45 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., someone broke into their apartment and ransacked a bedroom, taking men’s watches and a woman’s wedding ring.

The burglar reportedly gained entry to the apartment by kicking in the bedroom’s window air conditioner. The bedroom appeared to be the only room ransacked in the apartment.

Pickup truck stolen

A 24-year-old Berwyn man reported to North Riverside police at 8:55 p.m. on Aug. 24 that his red 2002 Ford F250 Supercab pickup truck had been stolen from the parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

The man told police he parked the truck about 7 p.m. Surveillance footage showed the truck leaving the parking lot about 8:50 p.m.

Weapons offense

A 51-year-old Riverside man was charged with possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s ID card, a misdemeanor, after police were called to a Barrypoint Road residence for two disturbances about 20 minutes apart on the evening of Aug. 27.

Police first arrived at the home about 8:10 p.m. after the man called 911 during a family dispute over drug paraphernalia found on the back porch. After police left the scene the first time, they were called back about 8:30 p.m. after a family member called to report the man was looking for “his guns.”

When police arrived, they found the man sitting on a couch in the family room. Behind the couch, police reported finding a plastic case containing two 9mm semiautomatic pistols and a clip loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.

Police learned the man had been denied a FOID card due to a previous misdemeanor conviction. The man denied knowing the handguns were located behind the couch.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 20-30, 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.

¡ªCompiled by Bob Uphues¡¡