Riverside theft warrant served on prisoner

A 21-year-old Oxford, Wisconsin, man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry, electronics equipment and cash from a Riverside home on Jan. 26 is awaiting extradition to Illinois after being arrested for burglarizing a home and then setting it ablaze in Jackson, Wisconsin.

Shawn A. Ramirez remains in Adam County Jail in Wisconsin after Riverside police served him with a warrant for his arrest on Feb. 6.

Ramirez is suspected of having stolen several items from a relative’s home in the 300 block of Nuttall Road in Riverside on Jan. 26 before fleeing to his hometown in Wisconsin.

Police were able to track stolen items to a pawn shop in the 6300 block of North Avenue in Oak Park and recovered some of the property. They also obtained pawn slips and surveillance camera footage of the transactions, helping them identify Ramirez as the suspect.

On Feb. 6, Riverside police obtained a warrant for Ramirez’s arrest. In the meantime, Ramirez had been arrested for burglary and arson in Jackson, Wisconsin. However, a judge set Ramirez’s bail at just $500 and Riverside police were worried Ramirez might post bond and flee.

By serving the arrest warrant, Riverside police obtained a hold on Ramirez, guaranteeing he will be held in Adams County Jail until the Wisconsin case is settled. Then he will be returned to Riverside for prosecution, according to a press release issued by Riverside police last week.


Man struck by car seriously injured

A 50-year-old LaGrange Park man who was seriously injured when he allegedly ran into the street and was struck by a car in Brookfield on Feb. 14 was drunk, according to police.

According to the police report, a 59-year-old Westchester woman said she was driving northbound in the 3300 block of Kemman Avenue at about 7:55 p.m. when a man ran into the street from the Brookfield side of Kemman.

The passenger side of the 2008 Camry the woman was driving struck the man, who suffered a fractured skull and collar bone. Police reported that the man’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the incident was .123, which is more than the legal driving limit of .08.

The man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center. The driver was not cited.


Home burglarized

A North Riverside woman called police on Feb. 10 at about 6:15 a.m. after returning home from a Hawaiian vacation to discover that her residence in the 8700 block of 26th Street had been burglarized.

The woman told police she had been out of town since Jan. 26. When she returned home, she observed that her rear door had been kicked in, with parts of the door frame and trim lying on the floor.

A jewelry box was taken from one of the bedrooms and dumped on the living room floor. Missing from the box were a man’s Seiko gold watch, a white gold wedding ring with a row of six diamonds, a white gold diamond necklace and a women’s Seiko silver watch.

The items were valued at more than $6,000.


Charged with forgery

North Riverside police charged a 30-year-old Chicago man with forgery after he allegedly tried to pass two counterfeit $100 bills to pay for items at Jewel-Osco, 7201 24th St. on Feb. 11 at about 6 p.m.

A cashier told police that the man tried to pay for a sports drink and pizza with a $100 bill. When the cashier told the man she wouldn’t accept the bill, he gave her another $100 bill. Both bills had the same serial number, police said.

The cashier followed the man out of the store and obtained a license plate number and vehicle description before calling police, who detained him inside the shopping center parking lot.

Police noted that the alleged offender had been previously convicted of passing counterfeit money.


Teen stopped from hammering on ice

A sharp-eyed motorist averted what could have turned into a dangerous situation on Feb. 15 after phoning 911 to report a subject wearing a blue jacket and black hat in the Des Plaines River in the area of the 3500 block of First Avenue, Riverside.

After the call came in at about 9:30 a.m., police located a 14-year-old boy kneeling at the water line on the east bank of the river in the 400 block of Bloomingbank Road. Police called to him and were able to direct him off of the shoreline.

The boy later told police he was on his hands and knees at the river’s edge breaking ice with a hammer because he was bored. He was transported to his home in Riverside and turned over to his parents.


Prank fire call

North Riverside police are investigating who may have called 911 on Feb. 14 at 7:25 a.m. to report that there was a fire at Komarek School, 8940 24th St.

According to the police report, the call was made by someone who sounds like a young child. Firefighters responding to the school reported that there was no fire. School was not in session on Feb. 14, which was a Saturday.


Forgot to remember

A resident of the 4000 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Feb. 15 at about 4:40 p.m. to report that his maroon 2003 Chrysler Town and Country van had been stolen. The van had been parked on the east side of the street and the owner kept the van running, because otherwise the battery would need to be jumped.

As the van was running, the owner went into his residence and fell asleep. An hour later, he remembered that the vehicle was running and went outside to find it was gone.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 9 to 15, 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