Online beau visits, takes motorcycle
A 22-year-old North Riverside woman reported that her 2012 Suzuki motorcycle was stolen on May 13, the day she handed the keys to a man she recently met through an online social networking website.
The victim told police she met the man whose name was “Andre” online two months ago. She did not know the man’s last name or any other personal information, except that he reportedly lived in New York state.
At the end of April, Andre came to meet the victim, but left for home after several days.
On May 12, Andre returned to Illinois. That day, the victim went to a residence in Woodridge to pick up Andre and the two spent time together at the victim’s residence in North Riverside.
That afternoon, the victim gave Andre the keys to her motorcycle, which he was to use while he was working at a job in Chicago. He never returned.
During the early morning hours of May 14, the victim received a text message from a purported friend of Andre’s, claiming Andre had been in a crash — in New London, Conn.
New London police had no record of a motorcycle crash and the hospital to which Andre had been taken had no record of him in their files.
Police continue to investigate the case.
For the second time in six months, an apartment in a building in the 7700 block of 26th Street, North Riverside, has been burglarized.
On May 16, a resident of the building called police to report that $3,400 in cash had been taken from the pocket of a coat that was hanging in a closet in the apartment. The last time the resident had seen the money was on May 9, according to police.
In December 2012, consumer electronic items were stolen from the same apartment.
Riverside makes third arrest in break-in
Riverside police arrested a North Riverside boy and charged him with burglary in connection with an alleged drug rip-off burglary in March. Police arrested the boy at the Maybrook courthouse as he left a courtroom after appearing before a judge in an unrelated case.
The burglary took place at a residence in the 100 block of Lawton Road. Two 18-year-old males from North Riverside previously had been arrested in the case and on April 22 pleaded guilty to a criminal trespassing charge. They were each sentenced to two years’ probation, 45 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) and fined $254.
The juvenile’s case will be handled through the Cook County Juvenile Justice Division.
Groom head-butts best man
Police were called to the 4300 block of Arthur Avenue at 4:21 a.m. on May 18 after someone called 911 to report a disturbance.
Police arrived to find several people, two of them bleeding from the nose and head, arguing in a driveway. One of those bleeding, a 26-year-old man from Crest Hill, said he was getting married later that day and that he had gotten into a fight with his best man, a 24-year-old from Brookfield.
The best man apparently made a comment the groom didn’t like, prompting the groom to head-butt the best man before others stepped in to break up the fight.
No charges were filed after all parties agreed to call it a night.
A resident of the 2500 block of 2nd Avenue, North Riverside, reported to police on May 12 that during the overnight hours someone removed several concrete tools from his Ford truck. Among the missing items were a Stihl concrete saw, a Husqvana concrete saw, a grinder and a Skil circular saw. The tools were valued at more than $3,000.
Surveillance camera footage showed that at about 12:15 a.m., a truck pulled into the driveway of a home two doors south of the victim’s home. A man got out and walked up to the victim’s truck, opened the storage compartments and removed the tools. The offender then put the tools in his own truck and drove away northbound on 2nd Avenue.
A resident of the 4300 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, reported that during the overnight hours of May 14-15 someone stole a laptop computer from her apparently unlocked Mazda Tribute, which was parked in the rear of the property.
Man throws dog feces at motorist
A 30-year-old Brookfield man reportedly threw a bag of dog feces at a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Brookfield woman, after the woman reportedly rolled through a stop sign at Prairie and Windemere avenues, nearly striking the man.
The man allegedly threw the bag at the car, but missed. Police advised the man to refrain from throwing things at vehicles and not to initiate conflict with drivers who disregard stop signs.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 12-19, 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.