‘Lennie’ reunited with owner

A Brookfield resident was reunited with her plastic gargoyle, “Lennie,” last week, after a 20-year-old Westmont woman told police on July 20 that she had obtained it from a former boyfriend, who reportedly had stolen it from in front of a home in Brookfield several months ago.

The alleged offender, a 28-year-old Brookfield man, reportedly removed the gargoyle after a night drinking alcohol in the early morning hours of April 2. He gave it to his girlfriend at the time after she told him she fancied it, according to the police report.

Police cited the Brookfield man for theft under a local ordinance and returned the statue to its owner.

Cops: Man choked girlfriend

A 47-year-old North Riverside man faces felony domestic battery and felony unlawful restraint charges after he reportedly choked his girlfriend multiple times when she tried to leave her home during an altercation that began at 5 p.m. on July 18 and ended when police arrested the man at about 1 a.m. on July 19.

During the altercation, according to the police report, Antonio Bonanno punched a TV set, broke a bedroom lamp and punched a hole in the bedroom wall as he argued with his 44-year-old girlfriend.

When she attempted to leave on four occasions, according to the report, Bonanno grabbed the woman by the neck, exerting enough force to make breathing difficult, and threw her onto the bed.

The woman fled the residence and drove away, but Bonanno allegedly pursued her. That ended when the woman flagged down a police squad car in an alley behind the 2300 blocks of Lathrop and Northgate avenues.

Bonanno was taken into custody at that time, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges against him.

Blowtorch holes in door

The manager of Best Buy, 2358 Harlem Ave. in North Riverside, reported to police on July 17 that she arrived at work and was notified that there were what appeared to be blowtorch holes and some cutting work, possibly done by a reciprocating saw, on the rear door of the business.

About two weeks earlier another manager had discovered a similar hole, but no cuts, to the door. No one appeared to have gained entry to the store in either instance.

Burglary from vehicle

The owner of a business in the 3600 block of Woodside Ave., Brookfield, reported to police on July 18 that overnight someone had broken into a truck and had stolen scrap metal from the property.

The passenger side window of the truck was broken out and a power tool was stolen from the interior.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 15-21, 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.