Toddler left in cold car at mall

North Riverside police charged a 25-year-old Chicago man with endangering the life of a child after he allegedly left his 2-year-old daughter locked inside his 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix for an hour in the lower-level parking deck while he shopped at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Oct. 17.

Two mall patrons flagged down police about 7:20 p.m., saying a child was screaming and crying inside a vehicle parked in the parking deck. Police found the child on the front seat of the car, which had its windows lowered several inches. The temperature outside was 54 degrees, according to police. She was wearing a pink fleece jacket.

As police attempted to open the car door, around 7:40 p.m., the girl’s father returned to the vehicle. He told police he was exchanging some merchandise at a store. Video surveillance footage showed the man parked the vehicle in the lot about 6:40 p.m.

Paramedics transported the child to Loyola University Medical Center for observation. She was released to the care of her grandmother later that evening. Police contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which stated they would be sending out a caseworker to the father’s residence within 24 hours.

Car crashes into woods

A 44-year-old Lyons man reportedly drove his 2003 Saturn Ion completely into the forest preserves south of Southview Avenue at McCormick Avenue on Oct. 19 about 3:30 p.m.

Brookfield police arriving on the scene reported two 150-foot skid marks on the pavement leading toward the woods on McCormick Avenue. A witness told police he heard an engine revving loudly and when he looked outside, he saw the vehicle in the woods.

A man and a woman reportedly exited the vehicle and walked westbound on Southview Avenue and then south on Circle Drive into the Cech Terrace area of Lyons. Police had the vehicle towed from the woods and went to a residence on Circle Drive, where they interviewed the man suspected of driving the vehicle.

He was charged with driving on a suspended license and cited for failing to give information after being involved in a property damage accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, having no proof of insurance and damage to county property.

 Man robbed of bike

A 20-year-old Cicero man told North Riverside police on Oct. 16 that while he was riding his bike eastbound on the sidewalk in the 9000 block of Cermak Road at 2:45 a.m., an unknown male stepped out of a gangway and asked him for change.

While the victim was reaching in his pocket to get some change, the offender shoved him with two hands, knocking him off his dark purple Trek mountain bike. The offender than hopped on the bike and rode away westbound on Cermak Road, turning south on 17th Avenue.

Police were unable to locate the offender. LaGrange police detained a man in the parking deck at 6th Avenue and East Harris Avenue about 3:20 a.m. and transported the victim to that location for identification. However, the victim said the man police had detained was not the offender.

The offender was described as a black male, between 30 and 35 years old, standing about 5-foot-6 and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark coat, a dark bandanna on his head and dirty khaki-colored military-style boots.

 Beer barrels stolen

The owner of The Sanctuary Bar and Grill, 3747 Grand Blvd. in Brookfield, called police on Oct. 14 at about 12:50 p.m. to report that two men stole two empty beer kegs from behind the business.

Video surveillance footage reportedly showed the men, who were wearing gloves, enter the area behind the bar between 11:45 and 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 13, take the barrels and head northbound on Prairie Avenue.

Felony DUI

Yvonne Ambuludi, 29, of Brookfield faces a felony charge of driving under the influence after a police officer reported her driving erratically while westbound from the 8900 block of Ogden Avenue on Oct. 19 about 2:25 a.m.

After turning right against a red light onto Ogden Avenue from Prairie Avenue, Ambuludi reportedly drifted from her lane, then turned into the parking lot of the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., and then exited the parking lot onto Madison Avenue before heading back to Ogden Avenue to continue westbound.

According to police, Ambuludi did not possess a valid driver’s license and could provide no proof of insurance. Police also noted that her 1-year-old daughter was in the backseat of the vehicle.

In addition to DUI, she was charged with endangering the life of child and cited for multiple traffic offenses.

 Man with a gun? It’s OK

Brookfield police were called to the area near Ogden and Maple avenues on Oct. 14 at about 3:10 p.m. after someone called to report a man talking on a cellphone who appeared to have an exposed firearm on his left hip.

Police located the subject walking in the 4000 block of Maple Avenue with a holstered pistol on his left hip. The subject turned out to be an Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer, who was on duty and had a badge around his neck.

He was walking in the area and talking on his phone, because his car was being serviced at a nearby auto shop.

 Drug possession

Rodney A. Tolliver, 40, of Chicago, was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after North Riverside police reported locating cocaine and amphetamines inside his vehicle during a traffic stop on Oct. 15 at about 11:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of Harlem Avenue.

Police stopped the vehicle, which was headed northbound on Harlem Avenue from the 2400 block, for speeding. During the stop, police learned that Tolliver’s driver’s license was suspended and arrested him.

In a backpack on the backseat of the vehicle, police reported finding a black case containing a clear plastic bag filled with 11 smaller plastic bags containing at total of 3 grams of cocaine. They also reported finding a blue case containing 55 small plastic bags filled with a brown powder later determined to be 23 grams of amphetamines.

In addition to the drug charges, Tolliver was also cited for speeding 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.

 Car break-in

A resident of the first block of North Delaplaine Road, Riverside, contacted police to report that during the overnight hours of Oct. 15-16, someone entered two unlocked vehicles parked in the driveway and rifled through them.

The resident reported that the same thing had happened to another vehicle parked in the same driveway, overnight Oct. 11-12.

Saw stolen from truck

Riverside police responded to the area of Harlem Avenue and York Road on Oct. 17 at about 3:10 p.m. after the leader of a construction crew called to report that a Stihl Partner concrete saw had been stolen from a work truck.

The truck was located in the alley behind the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue and at one point all of the workers were concentrating on moving a large piece of machinery. When the crew leader returned to the ruck, the door was open and the saw was missing.

Burned-out moped

A resident of the 9000 block of Lincoln Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Oct. 18 at about 8:40 a.m. after observing a burned-out 2011 Leike moped in the alley. Heat from the fire also apparently had damaged a garage belonging to a home in the 3600 block of Grand Boulevard.

Police reported also finding a red sweatshirt lying in the alley about 75 feet from the moped. The sweatshirt had the odor of gasoline on it, police said.

Police traced the moped’s vehicle identification number to a Berwyn woman but were unable to locate her. Their investigation continues.

‘I wanna go home’

A Brookfield police officer was flagged down at about 4:40 a.m. on Oct. 20 in the 4500 block of Eberly Avenue by a 43-year-old man who told him, “I wanna go home.”

The man was highly intoxicated and was at first unable to say who he was, where he lived or how he got there. Police later were able to find an ID on the man, which listed an address in Berwyn.

The man initially told police he lived at that address, but later told them he did not.  Property records showed the man had sold the Berwyn property two years ago.

Paramedics took the man to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment.

 Door damaged

A resident of the 8500 block of Rockefeller Avenue, Brookfield, requested a special watch on her property after the front glass storm door was broken by at least two juveniles on Oct. 17 at about 8:40 p.m.

Earlier that evening a group of juveniles had some to the house and began knocking on the door and ringing the doorbell. Later, they came back and began to pound on the storm door, causing the glass to break.

Police were unable to locate any suspects in the area.

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