Two arrested in Brookfield for car break-ins

Cody L. Smith, 20, of Wheaton, and Jon F. Lester, 20, of Brookfield, face felony burglary charges after reportedly breaking into several unlocked vehicles in the 9100 block of Grant Avenue, the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue, the 3800 block of Sunnyside Avenue and the 9100 block of Brookfield Avenue during the early morning hours of Oct. 11.

A resident of the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue called police, about 5:30 a.m., to report an unknown man looking into his van, which was parked on the street. Minutes later, someone called to report a burglary in progress in the 9100 block of Grant Avenue.

There police reported finding Smith rifling through a blue Ford Crown Victoria. On Cody’s person, police reported finding two plastic containers containing loose change, two boxes of cigarettes and two lighters.

Another resident of the 9100 block of Grant Avenue reported to police that a Garmin GPS unit and an Airsoft rifle were taken from his vehicle. According to police, Lester was implicated in stealing the gun, which police later recovered.

  • A resident of the 3200 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Oct. 11 that when she returned to her apartment building at 12:30 p.m., she noticed her husband’s 1997 Chevy Cavalier had its passenger-side window smashed out and its in-dash stereo removed.
  • A 28-year-old Plainfield woman contacted North Riverside police on Oct. 9 to report that her 2004 Chevy Impala had been burglarized while parked in the east Sears parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

The woman parked in the lot around 7:15 p.m. When she returned a half hour later she noticed that the Jensen stereo had been removed. Police reported observing pry marks to the driver’s side door.


Cops: Woman stole from family

A 19-year-old Des Plaines woman faces felony theft charges after she reportedly stole jewelry, cash, vehicle titles, military medals, video games and more than 90 items of clothing from the home of a Riverside relative while the homeowner was on vacation.

Riverside police arrested Tiffani A. Haberland on Oct. 9 outside her residence and reportedly recovered much of the stolen property inside her residence. Police initially received a call from the victim on Oct. 6, saying he had just returned home from vacation and that his house in the 400 block of Addison Road had been burglarized. There was no sign of forced entry to the home.

During the investigation, police began to focus on Haberland, who reportedly had attempted to leave the house with a videogame system in her backpack on Oct. 5. At the time, the house was being watched by another family member.

Police continue to search for some of the missing items at pawn shops in the Des Plaines area.


Drunk and disorderly

Brookfield police charged a 28-year-old Berwyn man with two counts of battery, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property after they were called to Phil’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave., on Oct. 12 at about 9:45 p.m. regarding an unruly patron.

A bar employee had ordered the man out of the bar after the man got into an argument with another patron. The man and two others left and the employee closed and locked the door behind them while printing out the bar tab.

When the employee opened the door to settle the bar tab with someone in the man’s party, the Berwyn man reportedly charged the door, forced it open and re-entered the bar. The employee and other patrons were able to remove the man from the bar and called police.

When police tried to detain the man, he allegedly became combative, attempted to head butt an officer and then spit in his face. While in the Brookfield lockup, the man allegedly damaged a phone and removed his clothing.

The following afternoon at about 3:10 p.m., the man stated he was very intoxicated and didn’t remember what had happened.



  • North Riverside police charged a 25-year-old North Riverside man with misdemeanor theft for allegedly taking a wallet off the bar at the Sweet Spot, 2531 Desplaines Ave., around 2 a.m. on Oct. 12.

The 31-year-old victim said he had placed his wallet, containing $150, on the bar and noticed a short time later that it was missing. A video surveillance camera reportedly caught the offender taking the wallet and concealing it on his person.

Others at the bar recognized the offender as a regular. Police arrested the man at his home about 1:45 p.m. that day. Police reportedly recovered the missing wallet but not the cash.

  • A resident of Kimbark Road in Riverside called police on Oct. 10 to report that the catalytic converter was removed from her son’s 1999 Jeep Cherokee during the overnight hours.
  • A 59-year-old North Riverside resident contacted police on Oct. 12 to report that his men’s red Schwinn mountain bike had been stolen out of the backyard of his home in the 2200 block of 5th Avenue between 1 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 10.

The bike was unlocked and placed up against a swing set in the yard. The man believed that because the bike was behind some bushes, it wouldn’t be seen.

  • North Riverside police responded to the 2900 block of Desplaines Avenue on Oct. 7 about 8:20 p.m. after a 16-year-old Lyons boy called to report that his Power Light Sports BMX bike was stolen from the backyard of a residence.

The boy and two others parked their bikes in the yard around 7:30 p.m. About 45 minutes later, he learned that his bike was missing, said police.


Motor cycle spins out

A 39-year-old Brookfield man was knocked unconscious but otherwise was not seriously injured after he lost control of his motorcycle while exiting the parking lot of an Ogden Avenue tavern at about 3:20 a.m. on Oct. 12.

Witnesses told police the man was turning into the 9500 block of Ogden Avenue from the parking lot when his back wheel spun out, sending him flying to the pavement. The man gained semi-consciousness after police arrived and he was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

According to police, while the man admitted drinking a couple of beers at the tavern, he did not appear intoxicated. He was ticketed for squealing his tires and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.



  • A 27-year-old Oak Park woman contacted North Riverside police on Oct. 7 to complain that her former girlfriend, a 26-year-old East Moline woman, was harassing her over the telephone at work.

Police responded the victim’s place of employment in North Riverside and learned that the two had broken up around Labor Day, at which time the East Moline woman smashed the victim’s phone with a hammer and flushed her keys down the toilet.

The East Moline woman reportedly sent payment for the damaged items in the mail to the victim on Oct. 6 but then demanded the money returned. On Oct. 7, the East Moline woman reportedly called the victim’s place of employment 44 times between 1 and 8 a.m.

While police were interviewing the victim, the East Moline woman called again. A police officer answered the phone and told the woman to stop calling.

  • A 20-year-old Brookfield man was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly made a lewd proposition to a 47-year-old Brookfield woman as she walked around the Memorial Circle on Oct. 8 at about 5 a.m.

A few minutes later, the man drove up behind her very slowly, at which time the woman dialed 911 and gave a description to police, who detained a suspect in a black Pontiac Grand Am near Prairie and Washington avenues.

The victim reportedly identified the man as the one who had harassed her. Police also reported locating a small amount of cannabis in the center console of the vehicle. He was also cited for having an excessively loud muffler.


Rogue bowlers

Brookfield police responded to the 3500 block of Oak Avenue after a resident called to report a suspicious incident. According to the witness, he was inside his home when he heard a loud noise outside. He went outside to investigate and observed three bowling balls on Washington Avenue between Oak and Park avenues.

Police recovered the bowling balls and placed them in storage for the time being.


Drag racing

Two 18-year-old males, one from LaGrange Park and the other from Western Springs, were cited for speeding after a North Riverside police officer clocked them driving at 78 mph while westbound on Cermak Road near 9th Avenue on Oct. 7 at about 2:25 a.m.


Red truck alert!

Brookfield police issued citation for unlawfully removing refuse to a 46-year-old Chicago man driving a red 2000 Chevy pickup truck on Oct. 10 and about 4 p.m. An officer recognized the truck and driver from a previous incident on Sept. 9, where the same driver was cited for junking.

After warning the man, whose truck bed contained scrap metal, that junking was illegal in Brookfield, the driver said he wasn’t junking and drove off. The officer followed the truck and observed it slowly driving through various alleys.

In the vicinity of Park Avenue and 26th Place, the officer observed the driver get out of the truck, take an item from near a garbage can and put it in the bed of the truck. The officer confronted the driver, who denied being in the alley.


Calling all cars

A resident of the 4400 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Oct. 6 at 10:34 p.m. to report a wounded bird on the back stairs of her residence. Police arrived and observed a pigeon standing on the stairs. The officer placed the bird in a small cage and transported it back to the wild.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 6-12, 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