North Riverside cops snare suspected robber

A man who has spent the better part of the last two decades in state prison is back in Cook County Jail after being charged with robbing a North Riverside clothing store on May 19.

According to North Riverside police, 37-year-old Anthony D. Harris, of Bolingbrook, walked into Catherine’s Plus Sizes, 7353 25th St., at about 8:30 p.m. and threatened to kill two employees unless they gave him money from the store’s cash registers.

Police said the employees gave Harris the money, and he fled the store. One of the employees then called police, who located Harris walking along the east side of Kohl’s, about three blocks north of where the incident took place.

An officer chased Harris across Cermak Road and tackled him near the Joe Rizza Ford car dealership. Police reported locating a large amount of cash in Harris front left pocket. Wrapped up inside of a black sweatshirt jacket, which police reportedly observed Harris discard near Kohl’s, was a small, plastic toy revolver wrapped in black electrical tape.

Harris reportedly denied ever displaying the gun inside the store, telling police he took it from a child and forgot it was inside his jacket.

Harris, who is being held without bond at Cook County Jail, was charged with one count of aggravated robbery by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

At the time of his arrest, he was on parole after serving eight years of an 18-year sentence after being convicted on 10 counts of aggravated robbery, attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated robbery in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties in 2004.

He had also served at least part of an 18-year sentence he received in 1997 for aggravated robbery in DuPage County and part of five-year sentence he received in 1994 for drug trafficking.

Scammed for $64,000

An elderly North Riverside couple was scammed out of $64,000 within a week by a caller claiming to be their grandson, who was in trouble with the law in Mexico.

According to police, an 84-year-old resident of the village said he got a phone call on May 5 from someone claiming to be his grandson. The caller said he was in Mexico traveling with a friend when their car was pulled over by police, who found drugs inside the vehicle.

The called explained that he needed $2,000 for “court costs,” and someone who described himself as an official told the victim to wire the money to a bail bondsman located in Haiti.

After the victim and his 83-year-old wife wired the money, over the next week, they continued to receive calls from the person purporting to be their grandson, who asked for more money to be wired to help with legal fees.

In all, the elderly couple wired 32 money grams to three people in Haiti in an amount totaling $64,000.

Police advised the victims to refrain from answering any more of the phone calls after notifying them police were involved.

Burglary/Theft

  • A resident of the 400 block of Repton Road, Riverside, called police on May 19 after noticing that several tools and a bicycle were missing from his garage.

Among the missing items were $650 in Dewalt power tools, including two Sawzalls, two power drills, a drill bit kit, a deep impact tool, a flashlight. The missing bicycle was described as a blue Cannondale bike valued at $850.

Police reported no signs of forced entry.

  • A resident of North Herbert Road, Riverside, reported on May 19 that someone had removed more than $1,000 in tools and $1,300 in hunting and fishing gear from his garage, which may have been left open, sometime in the previous week.

  • Brookfield police reported on May 22 that an attempted vehicle burglary behind CSS Academy, 3732 Grand Blvd., was captured on a neighbor’s video surveillance camera.

The neighbor told police, he observed a white male, about 200 pounds, wearing jean shorts and a dark blue jacket, peer into the rear window of a vehicle parked behind the address. The man left but returned a short time later, attempting to open the driver’s side rear door. He fled when he was unsuccessful.

Police noted there was a purse lying on the back seat of the vehicle.

  • A resident of the 2600 block of Desplaines Avenue, North Riverside, called police on May 21 to report that someone gained entry to his 2000 Dodge Ram pickup, which was parked in the rear of the residence between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., through a partially open window and removed the Pioneer CD player from the dashboard.

Also taken was a Dewalt cordless drill and a Dell laptop computer.

  • A resident of the 300 block of Selborne Road, Riverside, called police on May 20 at 3:35 p.m. to report that she left her bicycle unattended and unlocked in front of her house at about 1:40 p.m. When she returned at 3 p.m., the bike was missing.

The bike was described as a white and blue Trek 8-gear women’s mountain bike. A white kids’ trail bike was attached to the back of the bike. The trail bike had an orange flag on the back of it. 

Road rage

A 22-year-old North Riverside man ended up with a punch in the eye during a road rage incident that peaked at the intersection of 25th Street and Hainsworth Avenue on May 19 at about 8:40 p.m.

A third party called police, who located one of the vehicles involved in the incident in a nearby alley. The driver reportedly told police he became involved in an altercation with a man driving a van.

At 25th Street and Hainsworth Avenue, both men exited their vehicles, at which time the van driver punch the other man in the face, just above the left eye. That prompted the victim to grab a tire iron from his vehicle, at which time the van driver left the area.

The victim told police he did not want to pursue the matter. No one was charged.

Get a room

Brookfield police ticketed a 35-year-old Brookfield man for being drunk and disorderly after he reported refused to cooperate with police, who wanted him to stop making an amorous advance on a 32-year-old woman in front of a tavern in the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard at about 1:40 a.m. on May 22.

According to police, the couple initially was observed kissing outside the closed tavern. Five minutes later, a police officer drove by and observed the two on the stoop of the business, kissing.

After a short time, the man reportedly moved into a prone position and put his head under the woman’s dress. At that time, the officer told the pair, who were described as “highly intoxicated,” to move along and offered to call a taxi.

The woman reportedly was too incoherent to form an intelligible sentence, and the man became “hostile and uncooperative,” according to police. When told he would be arrested if he continued to be uncooperative, the man reportedly said, “Arrest me then.”

Police ticketed the man and held him in a cell at the police station until 6 a.m. Paramedics transported the woman LaGrange Memorial Hospital for observation due to her condition, police reported. 

Arm stuck in pop machine

Brookfield firefighters were called to the Brookfield Coin Laundry, 9211 Broadway Ave. on May 19 at about 3:25 p.m. after a 12-year-old boy got his arm stuck in a vending machine chute.

When emergency personnel arrived, they observed the boy with his arm struck in the machine and were able to dislodge it without incident. The boy said he had purchased a can of pop, but the vending door didn’t open far enough to release it, so he attempted to put his arm in the machine to try to grab it.

Not really a ‘cop’

A man who told an employee he was an undercover police officer before allegedly stealing almost $560 in merchandise from a store at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on May 24 at about 6:05 p.m. was charged with felony retail theft and impersonating a police officer.

According to the police report, Angelo Graham, 29, of Chicago, walked into Fanzz, approached a clerk and asked him for an empty plastic bag. A short time later, Graham came back into the store and allegedly identified himself to the same clerk as an undercover cop looking for shoplifters.

He reportedly informed the clerk that if the store’s security alarms went off, he would “take care of it.” Graham left the store but returned again, this time allegedly placing 16 hats into the plastic bag and walking out of the store. He was apprehended by mall security guards.

At the time of his arrest, according to police, Graham was wearing a uniform shirt with “police” patches on it, a pair of handcuffs and a shiny plastic badge bearing the word “cop.”

Graham is being held at Cook County Jail with bond set at $30,000. He has a hearing at the Maybrook courthouse on May 28. 

Park mural damaged

A member of the Brookfield Beautification Commission contacted police on May 19 after noticing that some plants and the painted mural at Progress Park, located at Washington and Maple avenues, had been damaged.

According to the police report, several bushes had been trampled and someone appeared to have gouged the mural.

The damage likely was done during the Chamber of Commerce Street Dance on May 17, according to the commission member.

Watch it!

Brookfield police ticketed the driver of a truck driver who reportedly damaged the pavement in the 3200 block of Vernon Avenue as he’s removed a dumpster from the roadway on May 20 at about 6:45 a.m.

A Public Works supervisor told police that the asphalt would have to be repaired as a result of the damage, and the truck driver was given a citation for damage to village property.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 19-24, 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.