Man displays gun at National Guard gate

North Riverside police continue to investigate an April 4 incident at the U.S. Army National Guard armory, 8660 Cermak Road, where a man displayed a handgun to the guard at the gate and refused to identify himself.

According to the police report, a man driving a red Dodge Caravan with no license plates and black plastic over the passenger-side window drove up to the gate about 12:45 p.m. and spoke to the guard.

He reportedly told the guard that he had been kicked out of the Army and wanted to talk to an officer about getting back in. When the guard asked the driver why there were no license plates on his vehicle, he reportedly responded that he took them off “for camouflage.”

When the guard asked the man’s name, the driver reportedly displayed a black semi-automatic pistol and replied, “If I told you, I would have to kill you.” The guard also reported noticing a large machete between the front seats.

The guard unsnapped his holster and ordered the driver to back up and leave the gate. The driver complied and was last seen heading eastbound on Cermak Road. Police searched the area, but could not locate a vehicle matching the guard’s description.

Brookfield garage break-in

A resident of the 9000 block of 26th Place, Brookfield, reported to police on the morning of April 6 that during the overnight hours someone had entered his possibly unlocked garage and rifled through two vehicles parked inside.

No items appeared to be missing from the vehicles or the garage, according to the
police report.

‘Call the cops.’ OK, I will

Brookfield police wrote a 55-year-old Maywood man a local ordinance ticket for disorderly conduct after the man reportedly urinated on a tree in front of a residence in the 3500 block of Grand Boulevard on April 7 about 1:25 p.m.

According to the police report, when the homeowner told the man to stop urinating on her tree, he told her to call the police if she didn’t like it. So she did call the police, who located the man walking in the 9100 block of Broadway Avenue and handed him the citation.

Theft of FedEx package

Riverside police charged a 57-year-old Berwyn woman with stealing a Federal Express package from the front porch of a residence in the 3700 block of Haas Avenue on April 4.

Police were called to the area around 7:20 p.m. after witnesses said they observed the woman take the item. An officer located a woman matching the description given by the witnesses on Lionel Road between Ogden Avenue and Delaplaine Road. She reportedly told police she took the package and brought it to a nearby driveway, where she placed it under a tarp.

According to police, the package contained envelopes.

Cancer donation box stolen

Brookfield police charged an 18-year-old North Riverside resident with theft after he reportedly took a children’s cancer research donation box from the counter of a gas station mini-mart on April 5 about 1:50 a.m. The box reportedly contained $4-5 in change.

The act was caught by a surveillance camera, and showed the offender distracting the mini-mart clerk while slowly taking the donation box off the counter. On April 6 about 3 p.m., an officer recognized the alleged offender driving his vehicle and made a traffic stop.

When the officer mentioned that the man matched the description of the offender in the theft, he reportedly replied, “Man I didn’t want to do it, but these guys told me to take it.”

In addition to theft, the man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mystery bones

A 45-year-old Brookfield man came into the Brookfield Police Station on April 4 with bones he said his children found in South Kiwanis Park near the railroad tracks. Concerned the bones were human, the man took them to police.

Police enlisted the help of a Brookfield Zoo veterinarian to identify the bones. The doctor told police they were animal bones, likely from a deer or coyote.

Car stolen from restaurant lot

A 44-year-old Chicago man reported to North Riverside police on April 7 that while he was eating at Olive Garden, 7513 Cermak Road, between 10:15 p.m. and midnight, someone stole his green 1995 Chevy Tahoe, which was parked in the restaurant’s lot.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 1-7, 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.