Brookfield arrests 3 for car break-ins

  • Three Chicago men have been charged with felony burglary after reportedly breaking into at least three and as many as six vehicles in Brookfield during the early morning hours of April 19.

A resident called 911 just before 4 a.m. to report that someone who broke into a vehicle in the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue left the scene in a white conversion van. LaGrange police stopped the van and detained five people inside it. The van also reportedly contained items stolen from vehicles parked in the 4200 block of Elm Avenue, the 4100 block of Elm Avenue and the 9000 block of Grant Avenue. Stolen items reportedly found in the van included various hand tools, small electronics items and a trailer hitch.

Two other vehicles, both in the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue, were found ransacked, but nothing of value was reported missing.

Charged with two counts of burglary to a motor vehicle were Joseph T. Allen, 18, and Demarco D. Collins, 18. Charged with one count of burglary to a vehicle was Corey Seifer, 18.

  • Meanwhile, North Riverside police reported a string of nine vehicle break-ins in that village on April 17 and 18. All of the vehicles targeted over the two-day period were unlocked. Loose change, CDs and small electronics items were taken.

The break-ins happened in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of 9th Avenue, the 2200 block of 10th Avenue, the 2300 block of 12th Avenue and the 8900 block of 24th Street. 

Probation for cannabis trafficking

A 22-year-old North Riverside man pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced by Judge Noreen Love to two years’ probation after a court hearing on April 2 at the Maybrook courthouse.

Mitchell R. Mayle was also ordered to 30 days of community service and $1,300 in court fees. In addition, the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force was awarded $4,470 in cash from drug sales seized during Mayle’s arrest in 2012.

In November 2012, officers from Riverside and WEDGE executed a search warrant on a North Riverside home. In addition to the cash, police recovered a replica 9 mm handgun, two digital scales, seven cellphones, four knives, 165 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials and documents used for cannabis sales.

Girl attacked in RBHS hallway

Two teenage girls were arrested after they allegedly planned and filmed an attack on a 14-year-old North Riverside girl in a hallway at Riverside-Brookfield High School on April 14 at 3:05 p.m.

According to police, the victim said she was in the hallway when salt water was thrown in her face and she was pulled to the ground by the hair before being kicked and punched several times by a 15-year-old North Riverside girl.

While that was occurring, a 14-year-old Riverside girl used her phone to take video of the attack, police said. The incident was triggered by a dispute over the ex-boyfriend of the alleged attacker, according to police.

The 15 year old was charged with battery, while the girl who reportedly filmed the attacked was charged with mob action. The victim was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of facial and body injuries and released that same day, police said. 

Cops thwart would-be Spidermen

Two male juveniles were ticked for resisting an officer and consumption of alcohol by a minor after they were thwarted in their apparent attempt to scale the historic water tower in downtown Riverside on April 18 at about 11:50 p.m.

Police responded to a 911 call of two people attempting to climb the tower and arrived to find the two subjects on the side of the tower, according to the police report. The two fled west on Pine Avenue but were taken into custody after a short chase. Both reportedly admitted they had been drinking. They were turned over to their parents after being cited by police.

Burglary

  • A resident of the 4200 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, reported on April 19 that during the overnight hours the detached garage on the property had been burglarized. The overhead garage door reportedly was closed, but unlocked.

Police stated that the door appeared to have been forced open, since it was off its track. Among the items taken were an extension cord, a leaf blower, a box of nails, a drill bit set and a socket set.

Several of them items taken from the garage were found in the van police say was involved in vehicle burglaries committed in that area early on April 19.

  • A resident of the 3400 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, called police on April 14 to complain that between 1 and 1:30 p.m. someone had entered her garage and removed an American flag and a Polish flag, which were both being stored there.

The resident said she was cleaning the garage and left it overhead door open for a time while she left for a short time to do something else. 

Aggravated battery

A 20-year-old North Riverside man was charged with felony aggravated battery after he reportedly sucker punched a 21-year-old Brookfield man outside a Brookfield tavern at about 4 a.m. on April 19.

According to a number of witnesses, Nicholas Patitucci got into a verbal altercation inside the Cordial Inn, 9207 31st St. with a group that included the victim and three female bar patrons, two of whom were under the age of 21, according to police. Patitucci was in the company of a 19-year-old man, according to police.

The victim and three females left the bar after the argument, reportedly followed shortly thereafter by Patitucci.

After more words were exchanged outside, Patitucci reportedly punched the victim in the face. The blow reportedly broke the victim’s jaw, and he fell backwards, hitting his head on the pavement. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Patitucci, his friend and two females were cited for underage drinking. Police stated the incident was being further investigated due to the bar serving alcohol to minors. 

Prison time for DUI

Three days after being shipped back to Cook County Jail for violating the terms of his electronic monitoring agreement, 44-year-old Baldemar Juarez, of North Riverside, on April 17 pleaded guilty to felony drunken driving and received a sentence of three years in state prison.

Juarez will receive credit for 184 days he has already served, said a Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman.

A North Riverside police officer familiar with Juarez detained him on April 14 at about 10 a.m. as Juarez rode his bicycle in the alley behind Chef Shangri-La Restaurant. Under the terms of his electronic monitoring agreement, Juarez was supposed to be confined to his home unless going to work. Juarez told the officer he was on his way to the gas station to buy cigarettes.

The North Riverside officer contacted Cook County authorities, who ordered Juarez arrested for violating the terms of his bond.

Juarez had been charged with felony driving under the influence in September 2012 after he drove his 19991 Toyota into another vehicle head-on while westbound on 26th Street at Veterans Drive. Juarez suffered multiple broken bones in the crash. The driver of the vehicle he struck was uninjured.

At the time of the crash, Juarez’s driver’s license had been revoked for seven years. 

Scam alert

A 74-year-old North Riverside woman and her 44-year-old son reported to police on April 14 that they had received a suspicious letter in the mail from “Liberty Investigations” and “Payne and Payne Law Firm” stating they owned $2,900.

The letter warned that if they didn’t pay, a warrant would be issued for their arrests. The letter directed them to contact a person at a phone bearing a Houston, Texas-area area code.

The letter reportedly included several typographical errors and other errors that made it appear suspicious. Police advised the two to ignore the letter.

UPS package stolen

A resident of the 400 block of Nuttall Road, Riverside contacted police on April 16 at after he found a UPS package that was addressed to him opened and lying on the lawn in front of Ascension Lutheran Church that morning.

The man told police he had ordered a laser printer cartridge on the Internet, and was expecting it to be delivered via UPS. The victim also told police that two weeks earlier he had found his neighbor’s mail on the church’s front lawn. 

Just being neighborly

Police responded to a residence in the 4200 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, after a 13-year-old girl called police to report a suspicious man wearing a black jacket on the front porch at about 11:40 a.m. on April 18.

The girl’s mom, who was at the store when she received a call from her daughter about the suspicious man, told her to call police.

Mom arrived home shortly after police arrived. She looked inside the mailbox and found a “Happy Easter” letter from a neighbor.

First time, last time

A 20-year-old Brookfield man was busted for allegedly trying to use a fake ID to enter a local bar on April 18 at 11:25 p.m..

According to the police report, the man handed an employee at Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave., a Pennsylvania ID bearing his real name. But the employee believed the ID was phony and, after questioning its authenticity, the man left the bar without the ID.

The employee turned the ID over to police, who traced the name on the ID to a Brookfield residence. Police contacted the man’s parents and had him come to the police station, where they ticketed him for misrepresenting his age.

According to the police report, the man told officers he bought the fake ID from a Chinese company over the Internet for $90 and that it was first time he had tried to use it. 

Van strikes bicyclist

A 36-year-old Hickory Hills man was ticketed for striking a pedestrian in the roadway on April 18 after he reportedly struck a 42-year-old man on a bicycle while turning his 2013 Chevy cargo van onto to northbound Longcommon Road from Forest Avenue at about 10:20 a.m.

The victim suffered bruises and minor scrapes, according to police, and did not seek treatment at a hospital. However, his bicycle was badly damaged and police gave him a ride to his home in Lyons. Neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor in the incident, police said. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 14 to April 20, 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