Man charged with Brookfield car break-in

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Daniel J. Ross, 30, of Melrose Park, with a felony count of burglary and two counts of unlawful use of credit card after Brookfield police received complaints that a man was trying to sell a stolen credit card at a local tavern on Feb. 6.

A bartender threw Ross out of the Cordial Inn, 9207 31st St., after he allegedly tried to sell a credit card to a bar patron around 12:40 p.m. Minutes earlier, according to police, he approached a woman pumping gas at the Clark gas station at 3045 Maple Ave., and offered to pay for gas with a credit card in exchange for cash.

Police located Ross in the 3100 block of Maple Avenue. While questioning him, officers noticed a Discover credit card fall to the ground. Ross told them he found the credit card on the ground.

Police followed up with the owner of the card, who said it had been inside a wallet stolen from his vehicle, which was parked in the 3500 block of Maple Avenue.

As of Monday, Ross was being held at Cook County Jail. His bond was set at $50,000.


Employee charged with felony theft

An employee of a company that transports merchandise from store to store for H.H. Gregg faces felony theft charges after being accused of stealing five TVs that he was supposed to transport for the store in North Riverside to Norridge.

An official at H.H. Gregg told police he had noticed products missing in past months after being transported from North Riverside. It was determined that in all of the missing merchandise cases, the same driver — identified as Oliver Johnson, 59, of Chicago — was involved.

So on Feb. 8 when Johnson picked up a shipment to be sent to Norridge, officials placed a tracking device inside the TVs and had him followed. During the trip from North Riverside to Norridge, according to police, Johnson dropped off the five TVs at an address in the 1400 block of South 4th Avenue in Maywood before continuing on to Norridge.

Four of the five TVs in the shipment were returned to police later that day. A fifth TV was also returned, but it wasn’t part of the initial shipment, said police.


Mall businesses damaged

A 34-year-old Chicago man was charged with criminal damage to property and taken to Loyola University Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation after he allegedly damaged a cellphone retail kiosk and the security gate at a jewelry store inside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on the morning of Feb. 3, hours before stores were scheduled to open.

Police were dispatched to the mall about 6:40 a.m. by mall security personnel who reported the man breaking items inside the T-Mobile kiosk on the upper center court area of the mall.

The man was loudly shouting obscenities, according to the police report, and questioning why the mall stores weren’t open. Police detained the man in a corridor near the food court.

Police stated that the man had damaged the door of the kiosk, ripped out a display of demonstration phones and damaged computer equipment. The man also reportedly damaged the Plexiglas window on the security gate of Kay Jewelers.


Tablets stolen from apartment

Residents of an apartment located in the 4500 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, told police that on Feb. 4 someone broke into their residence between 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. and removed two tablet devices.

Reported missing were an iPad that had been located in the living room and a Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet that was on a bedroom nightstand. The residents of the apartment said the residence was locked at all times. Police reported no signs of forced entry.


Video game systems taken from store

North Riverside police reported that two X-Box videogame systems were stolen from a storeroom of Game Stop, 7325 25th St., during store hours while two accomplices distracted employees on Feb. 5 just before 8 p.m.

Video surveillance footage reviewed by police showed five people, three men and two women, enter the store between 7:33 and 7:51 p.m. All appeared to know each other.

At 7:52 p.m., one of the subjects is seen entering a rear store room and removing two videogame systems, while two of the others distracted employees. All five subject left the store at 7:57 p.m. with two of them carrying the gaming systems.

The items were valued at $700.


Pizza place burglarized

A North Riverside pizza place was burglarized early on the morning of Feb. 7, with the offender(s) making off with more than $600 in cash.

Police responded to Al’s Pizzeria, 9253 Cermak Road, after the business’ burglar alarm system was activated about 2 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, a police officer observed that the front window had been broken and a large cinder block was lying in the middle of the floor. The rear door was also wide open.

The cinder block was determined to have come from a residence in the 2200 block of 18th Avenue.


Lunge for drugs

Juan M. Acevedo, 29, of Chicago, was charged with felony obstruction of an officer and obstruction of evidence after he allegedly swallowed a clear plastic bag containing what police believed to be cocaine while being processed for an arrest inside a booking room in the Riverside Police Department on Feb. 7.

Acevedo was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. after being stopped for speeding in the 3600 block of Harlem Avenue. Police arrested Acevedo because he did not have a driver’s license, according to the police report.

While being searched in the booking room of the police station, an officer reported discovering on Acevedo’s person a plastic bag containing a white powder. During the search, a fight broke out, said police, and Acevedo lunged for the plastic bag, which had been placed on a counter.

Acevedo was able to grab the bag and swallow it, according to police, and continued to fight with the officer until subdued by other officers. Paramedics took him to MacNeal Hospital, where he remained until being released back into police custody on Feb. 8.


Thanks, jerks

A resident of the 3400 block of Grand Boulevard, Brookfield, called police on Feb. 3 at about 8:10 p.m. to complain that he had parked his 2010 Nissan behind his apartment complex at about 6 p.m. An hour and a half later, the vehicle was buried in snow.

Police observed that the front of the man’s vehicle was completely covered with snow that had been deliberately patted down by someone using a shovel. The man told police that he’d been having issues with other residents of the complex. Police advised the man to contact his landlord.



Vehicle break-ins

  • A 24-year-old Chicago woman contacted North Riverside police on Feb. 7 to report that her 2003 Chevy SUV, which was parked in the upper parking deck near J.C. Penney at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, had been burglarized.

The woman told police she parked her black Chevy Trailblazer about 7:30 a.m. When she returned around 7:30 p.m., she discovered that 12-inch Kicker subwoofers, valued at $485, were missing from the trunk.

  • Also on Feb. 7, a 25-year-old Schiller Park woman contacted North Riverside police to report that during the afternoon someone had damaged the door handle of her 2005 Dodge station wagon, which was parked in the Sears east lot at the North Riverside Park Mall.

The faceplate for the JVC car radio was removed from the dashboard. The radio was still intact inside the vehicle.


Auto stolen

A resident of the 3200 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Feb. 9 at 7:23 p.m. to report that his 1998 Chevy Malibu, which was left unattended, unlocked and warming up while parked on the street, had been stolen.

The car was described as silver and having front-end damage, with both front fenders painted black.


Felony DUI

Mauricio Cigarroa-Diaz, 24, of Chicago faces felony drunken driving charges after he reportedly lost control of his 2004 Nissan pickup truck and spun it into a snow bank near the intersection of Riverside and Gage roads on Feb. 7 at about 5:55 a.m.

When police arrived the truck was stuck in the snow, facing eastbound in the westbound lane of traffic.

Cigarroa-Diaz reportedly admitted to drinking 10 or 11 beers and to have been arrested for DUI in the past. His driver’s license was suspended due to a previous DUI, police said.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 2-9, 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