Woman finds knife stuck in pillow

A Riverside woman reported on Sept. 17 that she arrived home to her apartment in the first block of East Burlington Street about 4 p.m. to find a steak knife stuck in a pillow on her bed.

Nothing of value was reported missing from the residence. Entry to the apartment may have been gained via an unlocked window.

The last time anyone had seen the knife, according to the police report, was that morning, in the kitchen sink. The previous week, according to the report, the woman said she saw an unknown male standing across the street, looking in the direction of her window.

The same person reportedly stood outside of the woman’s apartment several weeks ago, police said.


A resident of the 3600 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, reported that his residence was burglarized between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept.21.

Entry appears to have been made through a bedroom window. Missing from inside the residence was a TV, which was located in the living room, and jewelry and miscellaneous personal items, which were in the master bedroom.

A witness told police that a black work van with no windows was parked in front of the residence about noon. A man exited the van and knocked on the front door for several minutes and then walked down the driveway of the residence.

A 29-year-old Berwyn resident told North Riverside police on Sept. 23 that someone burglarized her 1998 Ford while she was shopping at Tony’s Finer Foods, 7401 W. 25th St., between 2 and 3 p.m.

Police found that the passenger side door had been forced open and that the DVD/CD player was missing from the dashboard. Surveillance footage of the parking lot showed a silver car pulling into the spot next to the woman’s car. A passenger exited the silver car and could be seen taking an item out of the woman’s vehicle and placing it in the trunk of the silver car before leaving the scene.

Brookfield police reported that on Sept. 21 between 6:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., someone entered the garage of a house in the 3300 block of Elm Avenue and removed a black 10-speed bicycle.

The homeowner told police the overhead door may have been left open by mistake. No other items were reported missing from the garage.

Deer runs into traffic, gets hit

A 47-year-old Chicago woman was unhurt, but her 2012 Chevy Sonic was damaged when it struck a deer that ran across First Avenue near the Zoo Woods forest preserve at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 20.

The deer was injured in the crash and the woman’s car had to be towed from the scene, according to police.

Pear thief strikes again

A resident of the 3400 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that someone stole “dozens” of pears from the tree located in his backyard some time between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23.

A similar incident was reported Sept. 4 by someone living in the 3700 block of Madison Avenue.

Car stolen from mall lot

A 46-year-old Chicago man reported to North Riverside police on Sept. 21 that between 6:30 and 7 p.m., while he was inside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, someone stole his 1997 Chevy Express, which was parked in the lot.

Police reviewed video surveillance camera footage, which showed a black van pull in next to the Chevy. Shortly after, both vehicles could be seen leaving the parking lot.

Leafblower stolen from yard

A resident of the 3800 block of McCormick Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Sept. 23 that some time between 8:30 and 11 a.m. someone stole a Stihl leafblower valued at about $250 from the yard where it was lying unsecured.

Felony DUI

Brookfield police charged Apolinar Vasquez-Garcia, 28, of Chicago, with felony driving under the influence after an officer reported observing Vasquez-Garcia driving erratically while heading westbound on Ogden Avenue on Sept. 23 at about 8:35 p.m.

A police officer reported that Vasquez-Garcia was straddling the westbound lanes and partially drove his red 1983 Ford Mustang partially over the curb when he stopped in the 9300 block of Ogden Avenue.

Vasquez-Garcia’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly .26, or more than three times the legal limit of .08. He was charged with a felony because he did not possess a valid driver’s license or vehicle insurance, according to police.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept.17-23, 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