Bomb threat at Brookfield senior home

The Cook County Bomb Squad was called to Cantata Adult Life and Senior Care Services, 3000 McCormick Ave. in Brookfield, on Monday night after a staff member reported a possible bomb threat about 7:50 p.m.

According to Brookfield police, the employee at the Woodlands building observed a suspicious sign-in at the front desk. The visitor wrote a name and listed the time as 7:15 to 8:15, but in the “reason” column the visitor simply wrote “bomb,” police said.

Staff evacuated the residents of the building into the dining area while police checked the area for suspicious items. None were found.

Other officers from LaGrange Park, North Riverside, Riverside, LaGrange, Forest View and Berwyn searched all of the floors of the Woodlands and other buildings at Cantata, with negative results. About 8:50 p.m. the Cook County Bomb Squad arrived with a K-9 unit and swept each floor of the Woodlands and other buildings on the Cantata campus.

After the area was determined to be safe, residents were allowed to return to their rooms.

Police are reviewing video surveillance footage as they continue their investigation into the matter.

Guilty plea for Riverside break-ins

A 19-year-old Maywood resident, whom Riverside police linked to more than 30 vehicle and garage burglaries in the spring and summer, pleaded guilty on Oct. 30 to burglary and resisting arrest before Judge Paula Daleo at the Maybrook courthouse.

At the Oct. 30 court hearing, according to Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, Daleo said she would sentence Earl I. Toomer to two years of intensive probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered him to obtain his GED.

Toomer was credited with 102 days served at Cook County Jail. According to Weitzel, Daleo said she was not requiring any more jail time because Toomer had no prior felony history.

Riverside police arrested Toomer on July 20 after a resident of the 300 block of Downing Road called 911 to report someone breaking into his garage. Police found Toomer hiding in some bushes on Eastgrove Road, but he ran from police, who apprehended him after a brief struggle in the backyard of a home in the 300 block of Longcommon Road.

At the time of his arrest, Toomer reportedly told police he had been targeting unlocked vehicles and garages in Riverside since April.

Burglaries reported

  • Brookfield police, on Oct. 30 about 4:40 p.m., responded to a home in the 3800 block of Forest Avenue after a resident of the home called to report that someone had broken in and stolen two guitars, a flat-screen TV, a desktop computer and printer and a camcorder.

According to the police report, the offenders gained access to the home by entering the unlocked attached garage and then punched a hole through the wall separating the living room and garage, possibly with a snow shovel handle.

The home was unoccupied between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., according to the police report.

  • The owner of a home in the 4100 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Oct. 28 to report that sometime in the past couple of weeks, someone had attempted to gain access to her home. According to the police report, the rear door had pry marks near the lock.
  • Several vehicle break-ins were reported in central and south Brookfield on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, according to Brookfield police. All of the vehicles appeared to have been targeted during the overnight hours:

In the 3400 block of Vernon Avenue, someone entered an unlocked 2006 Toyota and removed a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses and a $1 bill from the center console. Other items of value, including a laptop computer were not taken.

In the 3600 block of Vernon Avenue, someone entered a 2005 Honda Odyssey and removed a Garmin GPS unit from the center console.

In the 3400 block of Sunnyside Avenue, someone broke the driver’s side window of a 1998 Ford pickup truck and removed an iPod Touch.

In the 3500 block of Prairie Avenue, someone entered an unlocked 2011 Ford Escape. No items were reported missing.

In the 3200 block of Sunnyside Avenue, someone rifled through a 2008 Chevy SUV. Nothing of value was reported missing.

In the 3200 block of Prairie Avenue, someone entered a 2002 Honda Civic and removed a laptop computer and two Makita drills.

In the 4300 block of Blanchan Avenue, someone entered a 2008 Chevy SUV and removed a CB radio and other items. On that same block someone entered a 2005 Ford Explorer and removed sunglasses, cologne and a hairbrush.

In the 4200 block of Deyo Avenue, someone entered a 2009 Pontiac G6 and removed miscellaneous tools.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 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

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