Lyons teen charged with residential burglary

Brookfield police charged a 17-year-old Lyons boy with residential burglary, aggravated battery and possession of drug paraphernalia and believe he may have been involved in a spree of vehicle break-ins on Brookfield’s south end during the overnight hours of Nov. 9-10.

Police arrested the both in the company of a 17-year-old Brookfield boy in the 4600 block of Eberly Avenue on Nov. 13 at about 4:20 a.m. after someone called police to report subjects attempting to gain access to vehicle in a parking lot behind an apartment building.

The Brookfield juvenile was not charged.

About 20 minutes earlier a resident of the 4600 block of Maple Avenue flagged down a police officer to report that two subjects had just exited her residence and that one of them had punched her in the face when she confronted them. She later identified one of the subjects police arrested as the person who punched her.

Police discovered that a bedroom inside the residence had been ransacked and found a flat-panel TV on the floor of the kitchen.

At the scene of the reported residential burglary, police also recovered a black 2002 Chevy that had been reported stolen just before 4 a.m. from the 9100 block of Sahler Avenue.

The court case is being handled by Cook County Juvenile Justice authorities.

On the morning of Nov. 10, Brookfield police reported that seven vehicles had been broken into overnight in a garage and parking lot belonging to an apartment building in the 4600 block of Forest Avenue, in the 4600 block of Grove Avenue and the 4500 block of Custer Avenue.

  • A resident of an apartment building in the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Nov. 13 at about 12:40 a.m. to report a possible attempted burglary.

The told police he’d been gone since 12:45 p.m. When he arrived home, he found the top panel of his front door had been struck with an object, creating a two-inch opening. No entry was gained to the apartment.


Leave the machete at home

Brookfield police charged a 21-year-old Brookfield man with disorderly conduct after he carried a large machete into two taverns in the downtown area on Nov. 15 at about 1 a.m.

The man first entered Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave., where he showed people the machete before he was escorted out of the bar. He then walked over to Phil’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave. and sat down at a gaming machine.

Police approached the man and asked him if he had any weapons. The man responded that he had a machete in his pants and proceeded to remove a 10-inch long machete.

The man told police he never intended to use the machete.


Apparent OD at motel

A 53-year-old Wheaton man found unresponsive inside a Brookfield motel room on Nov. 11 died of an apparent drug overdose, according to police.

Police and paramedics were dispatched to the Brookfield Motel, 8809 Ogden Ave., at about 6:20 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a 32-year-old Chicago man who said he was in the room when the victim became unresponsive.

The witness told police he’d received a call from the victim at about 4:30 p.m., who asked if wanted to “party.” The victim picked the man up at about 5 p.m. in Berwyn and they traveled to Chicago’s West Side to buy heroin, according to the police report.

The two snorted the heroin and picked up some liquor at a liquor store before going to the motel room, which the victim had paid for earlier in the day. The victim reportedly lay down and began to nod off. The other man attempted to wake him up, but the victim became unresponsive, prompting the other man to call police.


Scammed out of $2,000

A 54-year-old Brookfield woman called police after she realized she’d been scammed by someone who called her home on Nov. 14 stating that the victim was guilty of tax evasion and told her to put $2,000 on a Green Dot card and call him back with the card number if she wanted to avoid prosecution.

The woman did as she was told and later contacted police, who attempted to contact the phone caller without success. Police advised the woman to never give out personal information or send money to suspicious people who call.


Riverside vehicle break-in

A resident of the 200 block of Olmsted Road, Riverside, contacted police on Nov. 12 to report items stolen from his vehicle during the overnight hours.

The unlocked GMC Yukon was parked in the rear of the property next to the garage. Among the items reported missing from the vehicle were a Bluetooth headset, a Garmin GPS unit and miscellaneous loose change and papers.


Charged with stealing package

Riverside police charged an 18-year-old Oak Park man with stealing a UPS package from the porch of a home in the 200 block of Millbridge Road on Nov. 11 at about 2 p.m.

A resident called 911 to report someone walking in and out of driveways and onto front porches of homes in the 200 block of Scottswood Road. A witness also reported seeing the subject take a package from a porch and take into a park area where he opened it. After seeing what the package contained, the subject reportedly threw the package on the ground.

Police located a subject matching the description given to them by the caller and also located an opened package in a nearby park. The alleged offender told police he was curious to see what was inside the package, which had a Nike swoosh on it.

No other packages delivered by the same UPS driver that day in that area had been tampered with, police said.

  • North Riverside police charged a 62-year-old Chicago man and his 33-year-old son with two counts of theft for allegedly stealing 152 plastic soft drink cases from stores. Police initially noticed a yellow cargo van parked behind Tony’s Finer Foods, 7401 25th St. The van headed to Harlem Avenue, where he turned south without signaling, according to police.

During the traffic stop, police learned the driver had a suspended license. Asked what he was doing behind Tony’s, the driver reportedly told the officer he was scrapping, and showed the officer the cargo area of the van, which was filled with plastic pop cases.


Truck trailer stolen

The owner of European Trailer Service Inc., 9100 Plainfield Road in Brookfield, called police on Nov. 11 to report that an empty trailer that was in for repairs had been stolen from the lot.

It was the third time in the past six months that a trailer had been stolen from the lot, according to the police report. The trailer reportedly had a damaged front left axle and frame and bent rim on the outside left wheel, which would have made it difficult to transport.


Felony DUI

North Riverside police charged Betty Martinez, 29, of Westchester, with aggravated driving under the influence after she reportedly led a police officer on a chase westbound on Cermak Road at speeds topping out at 93 mph on Nov. 11 at about 3:20 a.m.

A police initially noticed Martinez’s 2002 Ford heading westbound in the 7600 block of Cermak Road at a very low rate of speed. Once the police officer got behind the vehicle, it sped up to 47 mph in the 8000 block of Cermak Road, weaving between lanes of traffic.

When the officer activated his siren, the vehicle took off, hitting 93 mph while crossing the bridge over 25th Avenue, according to the police report. The vehicle then turned northbound onto Sunnyside Avenue and into a driveway where Martinez was arrested.

In addition to the felony DUI charge, Martinez was charged with a felony count of fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, reckless driving and several traffic offenses.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 10-16, 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