Man finds wad of cash on Riverside street

Riverside police, on March 3, reunited a Riverside man with more than $12,000 in cash and $205,000 in checks that fell off the trunk of his car and into Delaplaine Road in the vicinity of the Big Ball Park ice skating rink a week earlier.

On Feb. 24, according to police, the man had set a bag containing the money and checks on his car while he attended to another task. He then got back into his vehicle and drove off as the bag slid off the car and into the street near the curb.

The money and checks, which were bundled, fell out of the bag and lay in the street where they were found by a passerby.

That person, a 54-year-old man from North Riverside, took the cash and checks to the police department at 7 p.m. He told police he was driving home from an errand when the headlights of his vehicle illuminated what looked to be a wad of cash in the street. He gathered up the money and checks and immediately took it to the police.

Police were able to determine that there should have been $12,155 in cash, but the man had brought in just $11,155. A police officer went back to the scene and recovered $1,000 wrapped in a rubber band lying near the curb on the south side of the street.

During the ensuing days, police were able to determine the owner of the cash, a 61-year-old Riverside man, and on March 3 he came into the police station to recover the money and checks.


Cops called about gun-rights guy

A 19-year-old Brookfield man, taking advantage of his First Amendment right to make people uncomfortable, elicited three calls to police last week, asking them to see if he posed any sort of danger.

On March 3 at 10:36 a.m., police were called to the vicinity of Ogden and Custer avenues to check on a man who was walking back and forth on the public sidewalk, holding a large, white flag with the outline of a military-style rifle and the words “Come and Take It” on it.

The man told police, politely, that he was “a believer in the right to bear arms” and was just giving voice to that position.

At 2:30 p.m. that same day, someone called police to report the same subject walking down the 4400 block of Vernon Avenue, but police could not locate him.

Finally, police responded to the intersection of Ogden and Prairie avenues on March 6 about 2:30 p.m. to check out a similar complaint. The man, who was holding the same sign, again reportedly told police he was “peacefully protesting.”

A police officer informed the man that he was near a school and was disturbing residents and passersby and to be sure to stay on public property while protesting.


Scammed out of $2,080

A 51-year-old Brookfield man told police on March 7 that he had been the victim of a mail scam and was out more than $2,000 as a result.

The victim said he received a letter stating he’d been chosen to participate in a study about the effectiveness of Western Union. After accepting to be in the study, the victim received a check in the amount of $2,380. He was instructed to deposit the check, keep $300 and send back the balance in two separate $1,040 increments through Western Union.

The man deposited the check and withdrew $2,080 from his account before wiring it via Western Union. A day later, the man’s bank informed him the check he had received was not valid and withdrew the money from the man’s account.


Mom charged with fraudulently enrolling son at RBHS

Riverside police charged a 50-year-old Cicero woman with fraudulently enrolling her son at Riverside-Brookfield High School this year. It’s a criminal offense, outlined in the state’s School Code as a Class C misdemeanor.

According to Riverside police, the mother used false documents to prove her son resided in the 400 block of Longcommon Road in Riverside. But high school officials, who used a private investigator to perform residency compliance checks, determined that the boy actually resided in Cicero and dismissed the student from RBHS after a school board residency hearing.

The school district turned over the documents to police, who arrested the boy’s mother on Feb. 25.

RBHS’ attorney reported a monetary loss of more than $10,000 to police, which included tuition and fees associated with attending the high school.


Packing heat while drunk

A 39-year-old Stickney man charged with drunken driving last week in North Riverside was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor criminal offense.

A North Riverside police officer pulled over the man’s 2013 Jeep Wrangler at about 5 a.m. on March 8 for allegedly changing lanes without signaling and drifting over the white lane markers twice.

The driver, who appeared intoxicated according to police, refused to submit to sobriety tests. Police reported that the man was carrying a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun, with a round chambered, in a waistband-style holster.


Vehicle break-ins

  • A 28-year-old Cicero man called North Riverside police on March 6 about 8:25 p.m. to report that a backpack containing clothing, cologne, a watch, jewelry and electronics was stolen from a 2006 Ford SUV parked in the lot at Olive Garden, 7513 Cermak Road.

Someone smashed the rear driver’s side window to get to the backpack, which was on the back seat of the vehicle.

  • A resident of the 4600 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, called police on March 8 to report that during the overnight hours someone entered her unlocked 2007 Buick LaCrosse, which was parked on the driveway, and rummaged through the glove compartment.

No items were reported missing from the car.

  • A resident of the 4600 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on March 8 to report that someone entered a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck and a 2008 Chevy pickup truck, both unlocked, which were parked in the driveway of a residence.

The glove compartments and center consoles of the trucks were rifled through, but nothing of value appeared to have been taken from either vehicle.


Man allegedly spits at bartender

Brookfield police charged a 35-year-old Brookfield man with assault and battery after he allegedly spit in a female bartender’s face at The Sanctuary, 3747 Grand Blvd., on March 7 around 7:45 p.m.

The bartender reportedly told the man to leave the bar because he was so intoxicated. He allegedly responded by hurling obscenities at the bartender, threatening to beat her up and spitting at her before walking out.

Police located the alleged offender nearby on Grand Boulevard and arrested him. Police also informed the man if he went into the bar again, he’d be arrested for trespassing.


Oh, grow up

Police determined that a Riverside man posed no threat after a Minnesota man complained to the village police chief that the Riverside man threatened him in a politically charged discussion thread on Facebook.

The Minnesota man emailed the chief, stating that the Riverside man “threatened to murder” and that police should “take appropriate action.”

Police visited the Riverside man’s home and spoke to him about the charge. The man told police that during the discussion on Facebook the Minnesota man wrote something to the effect of “You should just go kill yourself,” to which the Riverside responded along the lines of “Instead of killing myself, you should just die.”

Neither man knows each other personally. The discussion thread had since been deleted, according to police, who could not verify the online exchange.

Police advised the Riverside man to “use caution when corresponding on social media.”


Wheel stolen

A resident of the 4000 block of Oak Avenue, Brookfield, called police on March 6 to report that sometime in the past couple of weeks someone removed a tire and rim from underneath his 2013 Ford Econoline van.

The vehicle reportedly is parked on the street at night.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 2-8, 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.