Man charged with burglary of mall kiosk business

A Chicago man faces one count of felony burglary after he and three others reportedly slipped into the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, through an unlocked door while it was closed on the night of July 14.

Police were called to the mall at about 11:10 p.m. after employees reported several subjects trying to burglarize two free-standing kiosks, a cellphone business and a jewelry business.

Two of the four subjects, including 19-year-old Javion J. Ewing and a 17-year-old boy, both of Chicago, were apprehended by police as they exited the mall. Two others reportedly eluded capture by police.

Ewing reportedly told police he and three other walked to North Riverside Park Mall for the purpose of burglarizing kiosks and that the 17 year old acted as a lookout while he and another subject “hit” the kiosks.

They were reportedly unable to take anything of value from either kiosk before trying to flee the mall after being discovered by a maintenance employee of the mall.

It’s unclear whether the incidents are related, but on July 9 at about 11:45 p.m., North Riverside police responded to the mall after a kiosk — which was targeted again July 14 — was burglarized by two subjects who eluded capture.

In that incident, jewelry valued at between $2,000 and $2,500 was taken from the kiosk. On the same date a second jewelry kiosk appeared to have been broken into as well, but nothing was reported missing. 

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A 28-year-old Long Beach, California, man pulled over for speeding on eastbound Ogden Avenue approaching Harlem Avenue on July 17 faces a felony weapons charge after police recovered a loaded handgun in the glove box of the white BMW he was driving.

According to Riverside police, the BMW was clocked at 47 mph in a 30 mph zone at about 9:25 p.m. During the traffic stop, a police officer reported he could smell the odor of cannabis and asked the driver, identified as Dusan Nikodijevic, if he possessed any cannabis.

After telling the officer he didn’t have any cannabis, he stated that his passenger, a 26-year-old man, had a partially smoked cigar laced with cannabis. Asked to step out of the vehicle, Nikodijevic reportedly dropped a plastic bag filled with cannabis on the ground, after which he was arrested.

During a search of the vehicle following the arrest, police reported finding a loaded 9 mm handgun in the glove box of the car. Nikodijevic later told police he had borrowed the car from a friend and that gun belonged to him. Police said Nikodijevic did not possess a firearm owner’s ID card.

Nikodijevic reportedly borrowed the car in order to look for an apartment in the Lyons area. His passenger, a resident of Ukraine who said he’d only been in the country for four days, was not charged.

Nikodijevic was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis and traffic offenses.

Burglary, break-ins

A resident of the 2400 block of Hainsworth Avenue, North Riverside, called police on July 20 after noticing that several items were missing from his garage.

According to the police report, the burglary could have happened at any time since July 13 and that the door might have been left open by a family member. Among the items reported missing were a Husky socket wrench set, a Kicker car speaker set, with amplifier and a 6-inch Buck hunting knife.

A 41-year-old man who lives in the 8900 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, said he had just gotten out of the shower on July 18 at 7 a.m. when he heard the alarm of his 2002 Chevy Tahoe going off.

He looked out the window and reported seeing a green Chevy Trailblazer parked next to his vehicle and a man in a black hooded sweatshirt exit his vehicle, carrying the SUV’s radio.

The man ran outside and found his passenger side window shattered and his Jensen radio missing from the dashboard. A similar vehicle had been seen during a vehicle break-in on July 5 in North Riverside.

A 40-year-old Maywood man on parole for a 2013 theft conviction and with a string of convictions for theft, burglary and drug offenses dating back to 1995 was arrested by North Riverside police on July 15 at about 10:35 p.m. after he was alleged caught looking inside vehicles and trying to open the doors of vehicles parked in the 2300 block of 2nd Avenue.

Police also reported finding two syringes, a spoon and a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, reportedly a crushed up sleeping pill. Parnell Sullivan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with a motor vehicle.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 13-20, 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