Coralled and ready for custody

Riverside police arrested 19-year-old Miztli Reyes in connection with burglary of a home in the 100 block of Groveland Avenue in Riverside on Aug. 17. At 3:20 a.m., residents of the home saw someone leave their basement and walk through their backyard carrying a backpack. The residents promptly yelled for the person to stay and called 911.

“When first officers arrived, they had the suspect corralled in the rear yard so that police could take him into custody,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

Officers discovered alcohol, pocket knives, a portable safe, Xbox games, and power tools among the stolen items in the backpack.

Reyes was out on bond for his arrest in July for stealing a Riverside-Brookfield High School student’s bicycle in front of the school. He was arrested in that incident at his Brookfield home.

Suspicious Hummer

Three 11-year-old North Riverside girls reported that a red Hummer was following them as they walked southbound on 3rd Avenue near 23rd Street on the afternoon of Aug. 12. The girls reported that the Hummer H2 or H3 had a license plate that began with the letter N. At one point the girls stopped walking and the Hummer pulled to the curb and stopped until the girls began walking again. The Hummer followed the girls to the intersection of 4th Avenue and 24th Street where it pulled away. 

The girls could not see the driver or any occupants of the Hummer because of the dark tints on all the windows. The girls said the Hummer had orange “marker lights” on the top of the vehicle where the roof met the windshield.

Store manager assaulted

The manager of the City Sports store, located at 7401 W. 24th St. in North Riverside, was assaulted when he tried to stop suspected shoplifters on the morning of Aug. 15. The manager of the store was left bleeding from the head when he attempted to prevent three men he suspected of shoplifting from leaving the store. One of the men, who had his hair in dreadlocks, pushed him to the floor, the manager told police.

The three men suspected of shoplifting fled in a white Dodge driven by a female driver, according to the manager. The Dodge has a license plate of V253100. The manager said the three suspects had been in the store the day before. The manager was taken to Loyola Medical Center for further treatment.

Taking the long way home

A 36-year-old Lisle man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, speeding, and improper lane usage after being stopped just before midnight, Aug. 16, while driving northbound on Harlem Avenue. William Novello was driving a white 2011 Honda Accord when a North Riverside police officer in an unmarked vehicle saw the car accelerate around 19th Street. The car was clocked at 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. 

In the 1800 block of Harlem, the car swerved and the left tires went over the double yellow median markers on the street. When the car was pulled over in the 1400 block of Harlem, it drove slightly up the curb with its front passenger tire.

The officer reportedly smelled alcohol on Novello’s breath, noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes glassy. Novello allegedly told the officer he was coming from Elmhurst and trying to get home to Lisle. When the officer told Novello he was in the North Riverside/ Berwyn area, according to the police report, he told the officer that he had gotten lost. 

Novello said he drank three or four beers in Elmhurst. When the officer asked him what town he thought he was in, Novello allegedly replied, “Elmhurst.” When asked what street he was on, Novello reportedly said, “York Roadish” although he had just been informed he was in the North Riverside/Berwyn area.

Novello twice refused requests to take field sobriety tests and was then taken to the North Riverside Police Department where he agreed to take a breath test. Novello’s breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .187, more than twice the legal limit.

Pickup truck stolen

On the night of Aug. 14, a 2006 Gray Ford F250 Supercab pickup truck was stolen from JV Automotive Service at 9100 Plainfield Road in Brookfield where it had been taken for repairs. An employee of JV Automotive noticed that the pickup was gone when she reported for work on the morning of Aug. 15. The pickup was last seen the evening before parked just east of the overhead doors at JV Automotive.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 11-17, 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 Ashley Lisenby and Bob Skolnik