Lyons man charged with St. Mary’s break-in

A 31-year-old Lyons man, suspected of burglarizing St. Mary School back in March, was arrested on April 11 in Berwyn by officers of the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement task force.

Police had sought Anthony Panosh since late March when they were notified that a man had entered St. Mary School twice on March 19 after 7 p.m., leaving on both occasions when confronted by the custodian.

Through surveillance camera video, police were able to identify Panosh as their suspect, since they had arrested him twice previously in Riverside. In 2006, police charged him with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct after receiving a report of someone trying to break into the poor box in the St. Mary Church vestibule.

Riverside police also arrested Panosh in 2012, when someone found him sleeping in a basement storage unit of an East Avenue apartment building. According to police, Panosh has been arrested 30 times and convicted 11 times of assault, invasion of privacy, theft and drug offenses.

Police searched for Panosh for several weeks before locating him outside his grandfather’s house in Berwyn on April 11. Panosh reportedly told police he entered St. Mary School in March to steal items he could sell in order to fund a heroin habit.

He is being held at Cook County Jail awaiting an April 17 court date. His bond has been set at $25,000.



  • A resident of the 100 block of Scottswood Road, Riverside, called police on April 11 about 10 a.m. to report that someone had broken into her home and might possibly be still on the scene.

The homeowner had been gone from the house for about an hour, according to the police report. The front door appeared to have been forced open, damaging the door frame.

Several rooms appeared to have been ransacked. Among the items reported missing were several pieces of gold jewelry.


Criminal damage

  • North Riverside police received reports of two vehicles damaged during the overnight hours of April 10-11 on the east end of the village.

A resident of the 2300 block of Westover Avenue said she discovered a broken window on her 2005 Chevy Traverse, which was parked in the 7800 block of Traube Street.

Meanwhile, a resident of the 2300 block of Forest Avenue, who had parked her 2008 Dodge Neon on that same block, reported that a window of her car had been broken as well.

Both windows appeared to have been damaged by a blunt object, according to police. No items were missing from either vehicle.

  • A resident of the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, reported on April 9 that on April 5 between 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. someone had broken out a window on her 2002 Toyota Camry in order to gain entry to the vehicle. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the police report.



Nude pics in the mail

Riverside police charged a 38-year-old Chicago man with disorderly conduct and obscenity after he allegedly threatened to send nude photos of his ex-girlfriend to her new fiancé’s parents unless she gave in on child custody issues that are being litigated in court.

The 30-year-old victim called police on April 2 to say her ex-boyfriend, with whom she has a child, sent photos of her nude from the waist down in the mail along with a note threatening to send them to her fiancé’s parents.

Riverside and WEDGE officers took the alleged offender into custody on April 11. Police said additional charges may be placed against the man at a later date.


Scam attempt

North Riverside police on April 10 reported that another resident had been targeted by a telephone scammer posing as an IRS collection agent.

The 28-year-old North Riverside man told police he received a voicemail from someone named “Chris Evans” purporting to be from the “Department of Legal Affairs” and stating that the man needed to call him back on an important matter.

The man called the number and was told that he owed the IRS $6,235. He was then transferred to a “supervisor” who told him that he would be arrested if he didn’t come up with the money.

The supervisor then told the man to call him from his cellphone and then directed him to go to Walmart to buy a prepaid debit card and give him the validation code. At that point the North Riverside man said he had contacted police and the “supervisor” disconnected.


Cops break up pot party

Riverside police cited six people on April 12 for drug-related offenses after responding to a home in the 300 block of Blythe Road to investigate a report of an underage drinking and drug party at 9:20 p.m.

When police arrived at the scene, several people were inside the home. Police also reported finding paraphernalia used to smoke cannabis and liquid hashish and recovered what appeared to be hallucinogenic mushrooms and alcohol.

A 20-year-old Riverside man was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. An 18-year-old Brookfield woman was cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor. A 19-year-old Riverside man and a 22-year-old Berwyn man were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. An 18-year-old LaGrange Park man and a 19-year-old LaGrange Park man were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis.

Police say they are looking into whether the homeowners, who were not home at the time of the party, can be charged under the village’s parental responsibility ordinance.


Crash, what crash?

  • A 27-year-old Deadwood, Ore., man who had apparently fallen asleep in his 2006 Chrysler SUV outside his mother’s home in the 3200 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, didn’t wake up even after another car struck his vehicle at about 4:20 a.m. on April 13.

A neighbor called police after being awakened by what sounded like a loud crash. When he looked outside he saw a red vehicle fleeing northbound on Maple Avenue. Police recovered the front right quarter panel of a red Chevy Camaro at the scene.

They also found the Oregon man fast asleep behind the wheel of the SUV that the Camaro had struck. When finally awakened, he reportedly told police he didn’t recall his vehicle being struck. Uninjured, the man then went inside his mom’s house to get some sleep.

  • A 25-year-old Brookfield man told police he “was unsure” if his 2002 Chevy Impala struck a red 2005 Pontiac Sunfire in the 3200 block of Madison Avenue at about 8:55 a.m. on April 9.

As police investigated the crash report, they learned the offending vehicle was possibly a Chevy Impala last seen eastbound on Garfield toward Maple Avenue. A police officer found a damaged vehicle matching that description parked in the 3100 block of Maple Avenue.

After saying he was unsure of being involved in a crash, the owner of the Impala then agreed it might have been possible after the officer pointed out the damage to the Impala and the presence of red paint on the passenger side of the .

The man was cited for three traffic offenses and given a May 13 court date.


Not very nice

An 11-year-old Brookfield boy vowed to police he would apologize to the director of the Brookfield Public Library after he was identified as the person who threw a bag of dog feces inside the lobby of the library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on the afternoon of April 11.

Initially, police interviewed a 13-year-old boy who was seen on video surveillance footage picking up the bag and then flinging it down. That boy, however, turned out not to be the offender but was only attempting to pick up the bag.

After police learned the identity of the boy who threw the bag, they met with the 11-year-old boy and his mother on April 12. At that point the boy reportedly confessed, telling police that he was “very sorry and didn’t think it would cause harm.”

Police explained to the boy that “the library is a place of study and learn[ing] and [not a place to] fool around.”


Things not always what they seem

  • Brookfield police responded to the area near Ogden and Custer avenues in Lyons after a 911 caller reported a possible stolen UPS truck heading southbound on Custer Avenue with a uniformed UPS employee running after it.

Police stopped the truck at 47th Street and Plainfield Road in Brookfield. Speaking to the UPS employee behind the wheel, police learned that a fellow driver had been running after the truck to give him a package to deliver.

  • A resident of the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, called police at about 3:10 p.m. on April 10 after she heard banging noises coming from her home, as if someone was trying to gain entry.

Police checked the home and observed that all the doors and windows of the home were secure. They also observed a large raccoon near the gutter on the north side of the house. As police approached, the raccoon scampered up the gutter to the roof and then down a vent pipe into the home.

According to the police report, the officer “advised [the homeowner] of the intruder and recommended she contact an exterminator.”

  • Riverside police responded to the 200 block of East Quincy Street on April 11 at about 10:50 a.m. after a 911 caller stated that a woman had been attacked by a pit bull, which was running loose in the area.

An officer located the pit bull in the 100 block of East Quincy Street, put the animal in his squad car and then traveled to the scene of the purported incident, where he found a 65-year-old woman with what appeared to be a head injury sitting on the front porch.

The woman told the officer that she owned the pit bull and that she was leaving her house to take another dog to the vet. When she opened the door, her pit bull ran out the door and knocked her over, causing her to fall down the front stairs.

Paramedics took the woman to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of her head injury.


This looks like a nice place

An employee at the Mobil gas station, 9137 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, called police at 3:50 a.m. on April 15 to report an unknown man sleeping inside the store.

When police arrived, they found a 38-year-old Lyons man lying on the floor of an aisle inside the gas station minimart. When awakened, the man reportedly told police he had been overserved at an Ogden Avenue tavern and was walking home when he felt very tired and decided to take a nap.

Police transported the man to his home without incident.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 7 to April 15, 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