Ditching diner finally corralled

Brookfield police on Sept. 30 arrested 32-year-old Oak Lawn man and charged him with theft in connection with three incidents where he allegedly skipped out on tabs at Brookfield bars.

The first incidents were reported on June 17, by employees of The Sanctuary, 3747 Grand Blvd., and Grand Tavern, 3733 Grand Blvd. Then on Sept. 22, an employee of Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave., contacted police after the same man reportedly ditched a tab there. He also reportedly did the same at Phil’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave., on that date. However, Phil’s declined to pursue charges at that time.

On Sept. 30 an employee at Phil’s called police again about the man skipping out on a tab. This time, the bar sought to pursue charges against the man, who was found by police next to a Laundromat in the 8700 block of Ogden Avenue, holding a donation jar for National Camps for Blind Children. The jar contained $22, in addition to $8 received from the offender pockets.

The donation jar apparently was taken from the Mobil gas station in the 9100 block of Ogden Avenue, police said.


Cellphone business burglarized

North Riverside police responded to VIP Cellular, 1750 Harlem Ave., on the morning of Sept. 29 after being notified that the business had been burglarized during sometime after 6 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Police arrived at about 10 a.m. and observed “significant” pry marks and damage to the rear door of the business as well as damage to the door jamb of the stock room door inside the building. According to the police report, 20 to 25 cellphones were missing from the stock room.

  • Brookfield police were called to Hammer Express, 9100 Plainfield Road, on the morning of Oct. 6 after an employee learned that five shipping containers had their seals broken during the overnight hours.

The containers contained boxes of plastic straws, gloves and material used to make gloves. Nothing appeared to be missing from the containers, which are hauler by semi-tractor trucks.


Residence burglarized

A resident of the first block of East Burlington Street, Riverside, contacted police on Sept. 29 to report that $8,000 in jewelry was stolen from the residence while she was out of state for more than a month.

According to the police, there was no sign of forced entry and the residence was locked when she returned home. Among the items taken were pearls, two watches and several necklaces.


Felony drunken driving

A 48-year-old Brookfield man with prior drunken driving convictions faces felony charges for driving under the influence after he allegedly drove his 2001 Dodge pickup truck into a 2000 Jeep which was directly in front of him in the 2900 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, and then fled the scene.

According to police, the impact of the crash sent the Jeep into a 2008 Nissan Versa, which was stopped on Harlem Avenue to make a left turn. Two people in the victim vehicles suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police found the driver of the pickup truck, later identified as William B. Whigam, was located two blocks west of the accident scene, at the corner of Lindberg and Arlington roads. He had also suffered minor injuries and was transported to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment.

Police reported finding open 24-ounce cans of beer in the front seat area of the truck. Whigam reportedly refused all sobriety tests. Police also learned Whigam’s driver’s license had been revoked since February 2012 for “prior DUI convictions.”

In addition to DUI, Whigam was charged with driving while revoked, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, possessing no proof of insurance and illegal transportation of open alcohol.

Riverside police also filed paperwork to seize Whigam’s vehicle.


DUI, endangering a child

  • Brookfield police charged a 21-year-old Carol Stream man with drunken driving, endangering the life of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly trying to run another vehicle off the road over words exchanged by acquaintances who used to be boyfriend and girlfriend on Oct. 5 at about 3:40 a.m.

Police located the offending vehicle in the 3300 block of Prairie Avenue, and the driver appeared to be intoxicated, according to police. A 15-year-old girl inside the vehicle reportedly admitted drinking alcohol and was cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

  • A 59-year-old Park Forest man faces DUI charges after he reportedly made a wide right turn and drove his 2013 Honda Accord into the driver’s side door of a vehicle waiting to turn onto southbound First Avenue from 31st Street.

According to North Riverside police, who handled the arrest, the offender’s blood-alcohol level was .137, which is more than the legal level of .08.


Theft, car break-ins

  • A 61-year-old North Riverside man called police on Sept. 29 to report that sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, someone stole his son’s bicycle from a second-floor balcony of a building in the 9100 block of Cermak Road.

The man also reported that back on Sept. 12, someone removed the headlight from a motorcycle belonging to his son-in-law. The son-in-law had parked the motorcycle under a cover on the south side of the building.

After parking the motorcycle there for three days, the son-in-law removed the cover and noticed the headlight missing.

  • North Riverside police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Park Avenue on Oct. 1 at about 11:40 a.m. after a 23-year-old resident reported that someone had stolen a spare tire from his 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was parked in front of his residence.

The victims stated he believed the tire was stolen during the overnight hours.

  • A 59-year-old Delavan, Wisconsin, man contacted Riverside police on Sept. 29 to report that someone stole two duck calls, a pill splitter, two rings, a set of keys, two knives, a cuff link and two bottles of Cialis from a bag inside his unlocked Chevy pickup truck, which was parked in the driveway of a home in the 200 block of Fairbank Road.

Many of the items, excluding the knives, later were found on a sidewalk and turned in to police.

  • Riverside police reported on Sept. 30 that a resident of Berkeley Road discovered that someone stole her purse out of the trunk of her vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, during the overnight hours.
  • A resident of the 100 block of South Delaplaine Road, Riverside, reported that someone entered his unlocked garage and vehicle overnight on Oct. 3-4. Nothing appeared missing.
  • A resident of the 300 block of Olmsted Road Riverside, reported on Oct. 4 that someone stole a backpack from an unlocked Ford Escape parked in the driveway at the rear of the house. The backpack contained a District 96-issued laptop, a graphing calculator and prescription glasses.
  • A resident of the 4100 block of DuBois Boulevard, Brookfield, reported on Oct. 1 that someone had removed the catalytic converter from his 1999 Chevy Malibu, which was parked on the street since Sept. 26.
  • Brookfield police reported that overnight on Oct. 1-2, someone broke out a window on a 1998 Oldsmobile parked in the 3800 block of Madison Avenue and stole a muffler and a spare tire from the vehicle.
  • A 27-year-old Brookfield man contacted police on Sept. 30 to report that between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., someone removed his red GT Karakoram mountain bike, valued at $700, from the bike rack near the Prairie Avenue train station in the 8800 block of Burlington Avenue. The victim stated he had locked the bike to the rack prior to getting on the train.


Vehicle damaged

A 43-year-old Cicero woman called North Riverside police on Oct. 5 at about 4:20 p.m. after she returned to her 2001 Honda Civic, which was parked in the northeast lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, and discovered the back windshield smashed out.

A witness reportedly told the woman three young males threw a rock at the window, causing it to break.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 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