Police charge parolee with forgery

A 27-year-old Melrose Park man on parole from state prison is back in jail after Riverside police arrested him last week for cashing a stolen check at a local bank in late October.

Bradley Ott on Oct. 27 had gone to Our Lady of Charity Church to ask for money, which he reportedly planned to use to finance his heroin habit. When he was turned down, Bradley allegedly stole a woman’s wallet at the church.

Later that day, Ott presented a check made out to his name for $325 at PNC Bank in Riverside. He reportedly forged the account holder’s signature and the bank cashier redeemed the check.

When the account holder received the canceled check from the bank, she called Riverside police, who arrested Ott without incident on Nov. 14 at his residence in Melrose Park.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Ott with one felony count of forgery.

At the time of his arrest, Ott was on parole after being convicted in 2011 on four counts of residential burglary in Cook and DuPage counties. He was paroled in February from the Pinckneyville Correctional Center.

Ott is being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $50,000.

Road rage

A 42-year-old Chicago man was charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal damage to property after he reportedly struck the driver and broke off the door handle of a car the allegedly cut him off in traffic while heading northbound on First Avenue near 31st Street in Riverside on Nov. 18 about 9:20 a.m.

The victim told police he was stopped at the light at 31st Street and First Avenue when the alleged offender tore the door handle from the car door, forced open the window and slapped him on the side of the head before driving away.

Police stopped the alleged offender at 9th Avenue and Cermak Road. He reportedly told police the victim cut him off in traffic and kept slamming on his brakes. He denied striking the victim and suggested that the door handle was already broken.


A 16-year-old Riverside resident faces a felony count of burglary after he allegedly stole a 47-inch TV from a home on South Forbes Road between 1 and 3:30 p.m., Nov. 11.

Interviews with neighbors and family members led police to identify the juvenile, who is known to the homeowner, as a suspect. The boy was arrested on Nov. 13; police recovered the TV set.

During the overnight hours of Nov. 11 and 12, someone smashed the rear and front windshields and door windows of a 2012 Chevy Camaro parked in the 3100 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, and removed an iPod and iPhone 5 from the glove box of the vehicle.

Packages taken from porches

A resident of the 4200 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, told police on Nov. 15 that she had some food items shipped to her house by Amazon.com, but someone had taken the package from her porch.

The woman told police she found the package and the items she ordered on the corner of Vernon and Shields. The package had been ripped open, but all that was missing appeared to be the invoice, which the woman feared might contain credit card information.

On Nov. 11, a resident of the 3600 block of Grand Boulevard, Brookfield, reported that someone walked up to his porch and stole a package that had been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service earlier that day.

A surveillance camera on the porch showed the mail carrier had delivered the package about 11:50 a.m. At 12:07 p.m., a woman can be seen walking with a child past the house.

The woman then turned around went up on the porch and took the package before continuing southeast on Grand Boulevard. The package contained an Apple iPhone 4 valued at about $500, according to the report.

Crash with injuries

Three people were taken to area hospitals with unspecified injuries after being involved in a crash on First Avenue and 31st Street in Riverside on Nov. 17 about 2:40 p.m.

According to police, a 78-year-old Chicago woman driving a 2001 Chevy Cavalier turned left from northbound First Avenue, struck a southbound 1997 Nissan Maxima and collided with a 2000 Cadillac Escalade stopped at the light on eastbound 31st Street.

The driver of the Chevy was cited for failure to yield.

Odd photos left on windshield

A 67-year-old Brookfield woman reported to police on Nov. 13 that she had parked her 2003 Dodge Caravan outside a business in the 9200 block of Ogden Avenue about 11 a.m. When she returned to the vehicle around 2:15 p.m., the woman found pictures of unknown, partially clothed women on the windshield.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 11-18, 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