Vehicles burglarized in Brookfield, North Riverside

Three Brookfield residents called police last week to report that someone had broken into their garages and burglarized vehicles parked inside during the overnight hours of Sept. 16-17.

Two of the incidents were reported in the 9500 block of Jefferson Avenue and one was reported in the 9400 block of Jefferson.

On Sept. 18, a resident of the 3200 block of Elm Avenue reported that someone entered her unlocked garage and ransacked two vehicles inside. Among the items missing were an iPod and loose change.

On Sep. 19 and Sept. 20, someone broke into two vehicles parked in the 8800 block of 45th Place. Nothing was reported missing from either vehicle.

And on Sept. 20 a resident of the 9300 block of Washington Avenue reported that someone rummaged through his unlocked vehicle, which parked in the driveway.

  • A resident of the 2200 block of 5th Avenue, North Riverside, called police on Sept. 21 to report his vehicle had been broken into.

He told police he had parked his 2002 Chrysler Sebring along the alley behind his residence at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 20. On his way to work the next morning, he noticed that a cloth bag containing his wallet was missing.

When he notified his bank, they informed him that several unauthorized charges had been made at various gas stations in Maywood and at two different Sears locations. 


Hi, I’m driving drunk

A 57-year-old Chicago man faces drunk-driving charges after he reportedly pulled up next to a Riverside police squad car and told the officer he just wanted to say hello before erratically driving away in the 3400 block of Harlem Avenue on Sept. 20 at 2:10 a.m.

According to police, the man’s vehicle weaved between lanes and crossed the center line several times before an officer stopped him in the 3800 block of Harlem Avenue. The driver told the officer he couldn’t perform field sobriety tests, because he was paraplegic. He also let the officer know that he was driving on a suspended license from a previous DUI arrest.

It reportedly took several officers to remove the man from his car. Paramedics evaluated the man before handing him over to police custody. According to police, the man’s blood-alcohol level was .21, which is nearly three times the legal limit of .08.


Wandering child

Brookfield police charged a 19-year-old Brookfield woman with endangering the life of a child after a 2-year-old girl in her care walked out of a residence in the 4400 block of Forest Avenue and was found wandering the block.

Witnesses directed police to an apartment building where they believed the child lived. After about 15 minutes on the scene, officers found a door open and made contact with the 19 year old, a babysitter who was inside a second-floor bedroom with the door closed.

The woman told police she must not have heard the child wake up and leave the apartment.


And stay off my lawn, too

Riverside police warned a 76-year-old resident of the village to keep out of the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Road, after he entered a church office, yelled at an employee about the noise that the children make before and after school and then allegedly picked up a chair and threw it across the room on Sept. 17 at about 7:10 p.m.

Police interviewed the man, who reiterated his complaint about loud music in the early evenings and about the commotion at drop-off and pick-up times. He denied throwing the chair, saying that he simply moved it, because the employee wasn’t paying attention to him.


Scams averted

  • An 81-year-old Brookfield woman called police on Sept. 16 to report that someone had tried unsuccessfully to scam her out of $1,000.

The woman said she received a call from someone claiming to be her grandson. The caller told the woman he was injured in a traffic accident in Florida and needed $1,000 for medical treatment.

Aware that her grandson was not, in fact, in Florida, the woman said she didn’t have that kind of money and hung up before contacting police.

  • Brookfield police received a call from a 66-year-old woman reporting an attempted phone scam on Sept. 17. The woman told police she received a call from a woman claiming to be a relative. The caller stated she was jailed in California and needed $2,000 for bail and then handed the phone to a man claiming to be a lawyer.

The woman told the man she suspected the call was a scam, and called police. A police officer called the number provided by the intended victim, but he was immediately disconnected after identifying himself.

  • A 63-year-old Brookfield woman avoided being scammed out of $1,700 after calling ComEd to check whether her electric bill was past due by that amount. The woman received a call at about 4 p.m. from someone claiming to be a ComEd representative, who said her bill was behind by $1,700.

The caller instructed the woman to get a prepaid Visa card for that amount at a local pharmacy and to give the card info to him over the phone. If she declined to do so, the man said, the electric service would be shut off at the business she owns.

On her way to the pharmacy the woman called ComEd, whose representative told her someone was trying to scam her out of $1,700 and to file a police report instead.


Unwelcome guests

  • A resident of the 9000 block of Lincoln Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Sept. 16 at about 3:25 p.m. after she discovered two lawn chairs and some food inside a shed in her backyard, leading her to conclude someone had been living there.

The woman put a lock on the shed door and police told her they’d check back that night to see if anything was amiss.

At 9:30 p.m., police showed up at the address and found a 55-year-old homeless man sitting next to the woman’s garage. Police advices the man to leave the property or face trespassing charges.

  • An employee of the Brookfield Express Car Wash, 9545 Ogden Ave., called police on Sept. 22 at 6:40 a.m. to report a female subject sleeping under a blanket in one of the car wash bays.

By the time police arrived, the woman was gone.


Bikes stolen

A 36-year-old Brookfield man contacted police on Sept. 20 at 12:15 p.m. to report that two bicycles had been stolen from the rear fenced area behind his apartment building in the 4500 block of Elm Avenue.

The bikes — an older, women’s blue Schwinn mountain bike and a men’s black mountain bike with a gray baby seat attached to the back — had been left unlocked and were taken between Sept. 17 and 20.


You call that service?

A 50-year-old Chicago Tribune newspaper delivery man called police on Sept. 21 at about 8:10 a.m. to complain about a 59-year-old Brookfield resident who was so upset at the way the paper was delivered that he got in his car and followed the delivery man to yell at him and reportedly punch him in the gut.

The delivery man stated that he was in the 9100 block of 26th Place when he threw a newspaper onto a driveway. When the paper hit the ground, the plastic bag broke and the paper flew to pieces. As the delivery man gathered the paper together, a man came out of the house and began yelling at him.

The delivery man got back into his vehicle and drove away. While on 27th Street, the delivery man observed the same man pull up in a van and yell at him about getting a new paper. When the delivery man approached him, the other man reportedly opened his door and hit the delivery man in the body.

Police interviewed the alleged offender, who told them that when the paper hit his driveway it exploded and pages went everywhere. All he wanted was a fresh paper, he told police, and the delivery man was uncooperative. He denied striking the delivery man.

An officer advised the man he should have called the Tribune to complain about the service.


You’re on candid camera

Riverside police say that a 42-year-old Summit man fled the scene of an accident in the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue last week, but was caught because the victim took a photo of the offending vehicle and its license plate.

A 48-year-old woman told police that her black Lexus was rear-ended by a red pickup truck that was changing lanes while southbound on Harlem Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. Instead of stopping, however, the pickup driver passed her and continued on despite the victim’s attempts to wave the offender over.

The victim had taken photos of the pickup and gave them to police, who tracked the vehicle to a residence in Summit, where they took the vehicle’s owner into custody at about 9 p.m.

According to police, the pickup’s owner had a revoked driver’s license. The man allegedly told police he needed to get home to take medicine and “had no time to stop.”


Spidey alert!

Hinsdale police called Brookfield police on Sept. 19 at about 3:50 p.m. after one of their officers was flagged down by an unnamed person who observed a Toyota containing a young boy in the back seat and an adult male, who was handcuffed, in the front passenger seat. The complainant gave police the license plate number, which came back to a Brookfield address.

Police responded to the address and interviewed a woman who confirmed she was driving through Hinsdale that afternoon with her son and her boyfriend. Her son was pretending to be Spiderman, and he had cuffed the woman’s boyfriend, who was playing the role of a “bad guy.” The two were playing with toy handcuffs, she said.

An officer reported that the woman’s son, indeed, was wearing a Spiderman costume and concluded there was no foul play involved.


A lot of razor blades

Riverside paramedics tended to a 46-year-old Riverside woman the afternoon of Sept. 18 after she cut her hand trying to remove a razor blade that had become lodged in the rear driver’s side tire of her 2011 Dodge on Forest Avenue near Lincoln Avenue.

A police officer responding to the scene reported observing 30 to 40 razor blades lying in the street. The razor blades may have fallen off a construction truck, police said. Public works was called to remove the razor blades from the roadway.


Homecoming hangover

Riverside police responded to Riverside-Brookfield High School multiple times on Sept. 20 to deal with alcohol related incidents involving students.

Officers issued eight citations for underage drinking, four each to boys and girls between the ages of 16 and 17, between 8:11 and 9:42 p.m. Paramedics were called to evaluate three students whom police felt were so drunk they required medical attention.

In every case, police called the students’ parents and removed the students from the dance. None of the students treated by paramedics required hospitalization. The students involved were from Riverside, Brookfield and North Riverside, said police.


The long cord

Someone called Brookfield police on Sept. 16 at about 12:15 p.m. to complain that there was an extension cord stretched from one house to another, across the roadway, in the 3200 block of Maple Avenue.

Police spoke with a man at one end of the cord, who stated he needed some power for his tools, since he was working on the front steps. An officer informed the man that the cord was a traffic hazard and had it removed.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 15-21, 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