N. Riverside cops nab man wanted for passing counterfeit bills

North Riverside police turned over a 39-year-old Chicago man to Chicago police after he allegedly tried to return merchandise bought with counterfeit currency to a local store on June 8.

An employee at Burlington Coat Factory, 2208 Harlem Ave., called police at about 7:45 p.m., after the man tried to return the items at the customer service desk. Earlier that day, at about 4 p.m., someone had purchased merchandise at the Burlington Coat Factory at 11640 S. Marshfield Ave. in Chicago.

The store sent out a description of the alleged offender to its other locations. The man who showed up at the North Riverside location matched the description, said police. He was also carrying a receipt from the Marshfield Avenue store. Police stated the man taken into custody matched surveillance camera photos of the man who was involved in the Chicago incident.

Chicago police picked up the man from North Riverside police just after midnight on June 9.

Buzz kill

A Riverside woman called police on June 5 at about 4:35 p.m. to report that a “juvenile” was walking on a tightrope about three feet off the ground and secured to two trees in Turtle Park on Longcommon Road.

The tightrope walker informed police he 25 years old, was practicing his tightrope skills and wasn’t in any danger. The officer also noted that the man had wrapped the trees with towels to protect them against the rope.

But the officer advised the man to remove the tightrope due to the complaint — thus dashing the dreams and ending the promising career of a fledgling circus performer. That last bit was made up. He took down the tightrope. 

Seeing things

A female caller dialed Riverside police on June 5 just after 9 a.m. to report that she was “100-percent sure” she saw an alligator along the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks, somewhere between Harlem Avenue and Longcommon Road.

Police walked both sides of the tracks, but were unable to locate an alligator. They did locate some railroad ties, however, which may have been mistaken for the fearsome beast. 

Heavy lifting

Brookfield police ticketed a 51-year-old Lyons man for theft on June 8 after police say they observed him shoveling gravel from the parkway at the corner of 47th Street and Raymond Avenue into a bucket at about 4:15 a.m.

A police officer reported seeing the man standing next to a Rascal scooter in the 9100 block of Sahler Avenue, shoveling gravel from the roadway into a bucket placed on the scooter.

The man, who reportedly was intoxicated, told police the gravel was from his mother’s house in Brookfield. The man also reportedly told police, when questioned, that he didn’t think it was odd for him to be shoveling gravel into a bucket on a scooter at 4 a.m.

After checking the area, another officer reported that the gravel had actually come from the area near 47th and Raymond. After being ticketed, the man parked the scooter at his mom’s house a couple of blocks away and got a ride back home from his wife.

Dressed for success

A 30-year-old Chicago woman faces misdemeanor drunken driving charges after she was stopped for speeding and driving her 2008 Nissan Versa erratically while northbound from the 3300 block of Harlem Avenue on June 8 at about 4:25 a.m.

During the traffic stop, the officer noted that the woman was wearing a dress and a “toga” and said she was on her way to a party in Berwyn. Police said the woman appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. She refused to submit to a breath test, according to police. 

Endangering a minor

A 30-year-old Brookfield man was charged with endangering the life of a child and disorderly conduct after allegedly “dragged” his 6-year-old daughter east down Grant Avenue from Vernon Avenue as he stumbled in a drunken stupor on June 6 at about 5:35 p.m.

After the man collapsed in the grass in front of a home in the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue, someone called police who found the man sitting, swaying from side to side, on the front porch of the home, which did not belong to him.

According to a witness, the man lay on the grass for about a minute before he came to again. Paramedics transported the man to the hospital for observation and police contacted the child’s mother to come get her. Police also contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, who told police they would investigate. 

Not welcome

A 24-year-old Countryside man is no longer welcome at a Brookfield motel after he allegedly punched the security glass and then kicked out a window after being denied a room on June 9.

According to the police report, the man and his girlfriend went to get a room at the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., after a night of drinking with friends at a local tavern at about 1:40 a.m. The man was highly intoxicated when he tried to get a room at the motel, said police, and the motel owner denied him a room because of a disturbance there earlier in the week.

The man’s girlfriend then became upset, demanding he tell her who he was with at the motel earlier in the week. At that point, say police, the man punched the security glass separating him from the motel owner and kicked out a window on the wall.

The owner of the motel declined to press charges against the man, but wanted police to inform him that if he ever returns, he’ll be arrested for trespassing. 

Art work stolen

A 64-year-old Oak Park artist contacted Riverside police on June 4 after learning that a painting he had displayed on a wall of the Riverside Township Hall lobby was missing.

The painting was part of an exhibit of 11 works that hung until recently in the lobby of township hall. The artist visited the building to pick up his painting, only to find out it was no longer there. The last time the artist had seen the painting was sometime in April, according to the police report.


  • A resident of the 2200 block of Westover Avenue, North Riverside, called police on June 8 about 8 p.m. after returning home from an outing at Great America and finding that someone had broken into her home.

According to the police report, entry apparently was gained by someone who used a garbage can to reach an unlocked, rear first-floor window. Among the items reported missing from the home were a Samsung DVD player, a Nintendo Wii game system and three game controllers, a Samsung tablet, an Acer Iconia tablet, an iPad charger and pieces of jewelry.

One witness interviewed by police said that around 4 p.m. she saw a teenage girl on top of a garbage can next to the rear of the house while a young man loitered near the front of the home.

However, police weren’t contacted at that time.

  • A resident of the 300 block of Addison Road, Riverside, contacted police on June 8 to report that a bicycle had been taken from his garage.

According to the police report, the overhead garage door was left open, apparently for a three-day period between June 5 and June 8. The bike was described as a pink and white Orbea Onix Dama valued at $2,600.

  • Riverside police responded to a property in the 300 block of East Burlington Street on June 3 after a Chicago resident called to report that his vehicle had been burglarized.

According to the owner of the 1999 Subaru, the vehicle was parked behind the building about noon that day. When he returned to the vehicle around 3 p.m., the front passenger window had been broken out and the Pioneer stereo was missing from the dashboard. Some loose change was also missing from the center console.


A 31-year-old Oak Park man called North Riverside police on June 6 at about 7:10 p.m. after he realized someone stole the spare tire from the rear of his 2014 Jeep, which was parked in the Costco parking lot, 2500 Harlem Ave.

The man told police he was inside the store for about a half hour. There was no lock on the spare tire, which was valued at about $500, according to the police report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 3-9, 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