47th Street businesses targeted by thieves

Three businesses on 47th Street in Brookfield were targeted by thieves and burglars last week.

The owner of a lawn service reported to police on April 23 that sometime during the overnight hours a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck and a trailer containing several pieces of lawn-care equipment were taken from a parking lot in the 9000 block of 47th Street. Entry to the truck was apparently gained by someone breaking the passenger side window.

On April 23 about 11:50 p.m., a neighbor called police to report a burglary in progress at a business in the 9100 block of 47th Street. Three men entered a hole in the fence at the property and attempted to remove steel beams from the storage yard. They got one beam halfway out to the alley when they decided to flee the scene in a dark-colored SUV that was parked nearby.

Finally, on April 26 an employee of a business in the 9500 block of 47th Street reported that between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., someone entered his brother’s 2004 Nissan Pathfinder and stole a global positioning system unit from the vehicle.

Gas card, car stolen from dealership

A former employee of Castle Buick, 7400 Cermak Road in North Riverside, is suspected of being behind the disappearance of both a vehicle and a gas station credit card last week.

On April 23, police were called to the car dealership to investigate a stolen credit card. On April 20, a 20-year-old employee signed out a company credit card to fill up the gas tank of a customer’s car. But he never returned with the card.

Between April 20 and 23, the card was allegedly used to make almost $2,400 in unauthorized purchases at six Chicago gas stations. On April 24, police were back at the dealership after an employee noticed a 2013 GMC Acadia was missing from the lot. The employee suspected that the former employee took the vehicle at the same time he took the credit card.

Plea deal in Riverside break-in

A pair of 18-year-olds from North Riverside, who were charged in March with breaking into a Riverside home in order to steal drugs, accepted a deal on April 22 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing.

Judge Geary Kull sentenced the two to two years’ probation and 45 days in the Cook County Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP). Police in Riverside learned of the break-in after officers were called to Riverside-Brookfield High School to investigate a fight on school grounds between one of the offenders and the alleged victim.

Suspicious package just lunch

Brookfield police were summoned to the Prairie Avenue train station on April 26 after a woman complained of an unattended blue bag in the shelter on the north platform about 7:35 a.m.

The police officer responding to the scene reported that the bag was open, so he looked inside and discovered a newspaper and food inside. The items inside the bag were discarded, and the bag itself was placed in the lost and found at the police department.

Caught in the act

A 31-year-old Cicero man scared off a man trying to steal a catalytic converter from a Jeep parked in the east lot at Kohl’s, 2200 Harlem Ave., in North Riverside on April 26 at 10:45 a.m.

According to the police report, the witness saw a man wielding a Sawzall under the Jeep. When the man saw he was being watched, he jumped up and ran to a white Ford Mustang, got in the passenger side and fled north on Harlem Avenue.

Police reported that part of the exhaust system had been cut from the car and was hanging free. They also obtained the license plate number of the Mustang and continue to try to track down its owner.

DUI

A 21-year-old woman from Romeoville faces drunk driving and other charges after she allegedly lost control of her vehicle while driving in the 6900 block of Roosevelt Road in Oak Park about 5 a.m. on April 28, striking a number of objects, and then continuing south on Harlem Avenue, where she was arrested by Riverside police for DUI.

An officer who spotted vehicle debris in the roadway at Harlem and East Burlington Street, stopped Janett Pardo’s 208 Suzuki. The officer arrested Pardo, who admitted she previously was in an accident in Oak Park. Police there reported she left the scene after striking two trees, an electrical box, a stop sign and a garbage can.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 22-28, 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.