11 guns, ammo stolen in Brookfield burglary

A safe containing six handguns, four rifles, a shotgun and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 4600 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, during a burglary on Jan. 12, according to Brookfield police.

The victim told police he left for work about 5:45 a.m. When he arrived back home at about 6:55 p.m., he noticed that a kitchen window and a basement window were open and his second-floor bedroom had been ransacked.

In addition to the safe containing the weapons, a Sony Playstation 3 videogame console was also reported missing from the home.

  • The owner of a residence in the 4100 block of Raymond Avenue called police on Jan. 16 about 11:35 a.m. after coming home to report that the house had been burglarized earlier that day.

According to police, there were no signs of forced entry to the home and the entry point appeared to be an unlocked, sliding basement window. A witness told police he saw a gray SUV parked behind the victim’s garage in the alley earlier that morning.

Several rooms in the house were in disarray when police arrived and numerous items were reported missing, including a Sony Playstation 3 video console and videogames, a desktop computer, two flat-panel TVs, an iPad, cash and jewelry.


Brookfield woman scammed for $1,500

A 62-year-old Brookfield woman went to police on Jan. 13 at 12:50 p.m. to get guidance on how to deal with some aggressive callers claiming to be from the IRS, but not before she was scammed out of $1,500.

The woman told police she received a call from a man with an “Indian” accent who told her he was from the IRS and that she would be arrested unless she paid an outstanding balance.

The man told her to get three pre-paid Green Dot Visa debit cards worth a total of $1,500 and then demanded she tell him the security codes to the cards. After the woman gave the man the information, he demanded to know the woman’s birth date and Social Security number.

At that time, the woman went to police, who informed her she was not in trouble with the IRS but had been the victim of a scam. Police contacted the number of the purported IRS agent, who hung up when informed it was the police.

  • Two Brookfield residents contacted police last week after believing they might have been targets of a scam related to a website called Care.com, a website that connects people needing nannies, pet sitters, babysitters and nursing care with people who can provide those services.

Both incidents were called in to police on Jan. 15. In both incidents, the complainants stated they received emails from someone responding to their online posts offering nursing and nanny services.

In each case the purported employer told the complainant that they would accept their services and would send a check to cover expenses. However, when the checks came they were for amounts far higher than agreed to.

People perpetrating this well-known fraud send checks for excessive amounts, but tell their victims to deposit the checks and reimburse the sender for the amount of the overage. The checks are discovered to be fraudulent after the victim has sent back the money.

In the two Brookfield cases, no money actually exchanged hands. One of the two checks was discovered to be fraudulent after the complainant contacted her bank to verify it.


iPad missing from school

Riverside School District 96’s director of technology, Don Tufano, contacted Riverside police on Jan. 14 after discovering that an iPad was missing from a classroom at Blythe Park School, 735 Leesley Road.

Tufano told police that the device was taken between Dec. 19 and Jan. 8. He further related that he was able to track to device to a location in Lincolnwood through Google Maps using the device’s IP address.

Police entered the iPad into the police computer database as stolen.


No room for you

An unknown man shoved a Brookfield motel manager in the chest on Jan. 18 after the manager reportedly refused to rent him a room, fearing it would be used for a large party.

Two vehicles transporting a total of six people pulled into the lot at the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., at about 4 a.m., according to the police report. A male and a female entered the lobby and requested a room, but the manager turned them down, because he feared they and their friends might cause a disturbance.

The two left but returned a short time later, asking again for a room. Rebuffed again, the male allegedly knocked a glass jar filled with candy onto the floor. The manager called police and went outside to confront the subjects in the parking lot.

At that time, another male got out of a blue SUV and shoved the manager in the chest before getting back into the vehicle and leaving the parking lot.


Vehicle break-ins

  • A resident of the 3500 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 12 to report that during the overnight hours, someone had entered her 2007 Honda CRV, which was parked on the street, and removed a portable DVD player and connection cables, valued at about $110.
  • At least five work vans, parked in a fenced-in lot outside Stocker Hinge, 8800 47th St., Brookfield, were burglarized around 8 p.m. on Jan. 14, according to police.

Surveillance video reportedly showed two subjects enter the lot from the north side and then go van to van, trying to enter several of the vehicles. According to the report, “a lot of equipment” was missing from several trucks, though company officials were unsure exactly what items were missing at the time police visited the business.

Police reported discovering a large hole cut into the fence where the offenders likely gained entry to the lot.

  • A 33-year-old Bellwood man called North Riverside on Jan. 15 about 3:40 p.m. after discovering that his 1999 Chevy Express van, which was parked in the lower level deck at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, had been burglarized.

According to the police report, the offender punched out the passenger side door lock to gain entry and remove a Pioneer flip-screen stereo valued at $450.

  • North Riverside police responded to the parking lot at Sears, 7503 Cermak Road, after a 43-year-old Chicago man called to report that his 2001 Chevy Tahoe had been burglarized.

The car was left in the lot between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. When the owner returned, he observed that a hole had been punched below the driver’s side door handle.

Removed from the vehicle were two packs of cigarettes, two Android cellphone chargers and an LG Optima cellphone, 20 Walgreens gift cards valued at $5 each and a portable kiosk table.

  • A resident of the 3800 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that he parked his undamaged 2004 Chevy Avalanche on the street on Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. When he returned to his vehicle on Jan. 18 at noon, he observed that the locked tailgate of his covered bed was ajar and that the release was broken.

Nothing was missing from the bed of the truck, since the victim hadn’t stored anything in it.


SUV stolen at mall

A 60-year-old Hazel Crest woman called North Riverside police on Jan. 18 to report that her black 2004 GMC Denali was stolen from the east parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, between 1:30 and 3 p.m.


Maybe check first

A Brookfield man called police at about 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 18 to report what sounded like someone punching or kicking the wall or a car near his apartment window for the past half hour.

Police responded to the building, in the 8900 block of Gerritsen Avenue, and found that a dumpster lid blowing in the wind was causing the noise.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 12-16, 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