Brookfield boy charged with stealing car

Brookfield police believe that a rash of vehicle break-ins, gang graffiti and vehicle thefts on the south end of the village in the past couple of weeks may have been interrupted with the arrests in Chicago of four juveniles, including a 15 year old from Brookfield.

On March 17 at about 7:50 p.m., Chicago police contacted Brookfield to notify them that they’d found a 1998 Mitsubishi sedan reported stolen by a Brookfield resident in the 3600 block of West Wolfram.

The vehicle was located near where they arrested the juveniles, who admitted to be street gang members, said police. Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak said that the 15-year-old Brookfield boy admitted stealing the vehicle from the 4600 block of Vernon Avenue earlier that day.

He was petitioned to Cook County Juvenile Justice authorities and charged with vehicle theft. The three Chicago juveniles were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle by Chicago police.

The Chicago juveniles admitted being members of the Insane Albany Orchestra street gang, which is from the city’s Northwest Side.

According to Petrak, the 15-year-old Brookfield boy lives in the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue and has only recently moved to the village.

On March 16, garages and an apartment building door in the 4600 blocks of Prairie and Vernon avenues were defaced with graffiti referring to the Insane Albany Orchestra. Similar graffiti was found on March 16 on several garages and a building in the 3100 and  3300 blocks of Elm Avenue, the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Park Avenue, the 3100 block of Maple Avenue and the 9100 block of Broadway Avenue.

There was also graffiti spray painted on the walls of the Congress Park train underpass.

Also on March 16, a resident of the 4600 block of Prairie Avenue contacted police to report that someone had burglarized her SUV, which was parked on the driveway.

On March 15, Brookfield police recovered a 2006 Acura, which had been reported stolen out of Chicago, sitting without wheels in the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue.

“Hopefully this arrest clears up what’s been going on down there,” said Petrak.


Alleged burglar arrested at pawn shop

North Riverside police turned over a man with a history of burglary arrests to DuPage County Sheriff’s Police on March 16 after he reportedly tried to pawn several items at E-Z Pawn, 7361 25th St.

The manager of the pawn shop called police at 11:25 a.m. after a 22-year-old Chicago man attempted to pawn two videogames and a video game controller and was flagged in their computer system as a burglar.

DuPage County police reportedly notified the manager that the suspect had also pawned several pieces of jewelry that had been reported stolen. North Riverside police arrested the suspect and held him until turning him over to DuPage County police at 3 p.m.


‘Robbery’ victim disappears

Brookfield police responded to the vicinity of 30th Street and Maple Avenue on March 18 at 4:15 p.m. after a woman called to report that an unknown man had robbed her of her purse.

The call disconnected as the victim spoke with police, and the victim’s number did not appear on the caller ID. Police went to the scene of the alleged incident but could not locate the victim or a suspect.

After checking with nearby businesses and residents, police were unable to obtain any further information and cleared the scene.


North Riverside vehicle break-ins

  • A 35-year-old Summit woman called North Riverside police on March 22 to report that someone entered her 2006 Kia, which was parked in the lower deck at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, and removed her wallet and passport from the glove box.

The vehicle may have been unlocked, police said.

  • A 20-year-old Forest Park woman contacted police on March 20 to report that on March 19 her cellphone was taken from her vehicle, which was parked in the lot at Sports Authority, 1800 Harlem Ave., between 9 and 9:20 p.m.

The vehicle likely was unlocked, according to police.


Riverside bike theft

Riverside police responded to a home in the 300 block of Uvedale Road on March 16 just before 9 a.m. after a resident reported that a woman’s Cannondale bicycle, valued at about $650, was taken from the garage sometime during the previous week.

The bike was described as being light green with turquoise lettering and a black wraparound lock on the frame. The resident told police that the overhead garage door was left open during two days the previous week.


Sewer cap mischief

Brookfield police were called to the 3500 block of Park Avenue on March 18 at about 2:10 a.m. to investigate a report of three male subjects remove a sewer cover near an alley.

Police located three subjects, one of them wearing gloves with rust residue on them, in the 9000 block of Washington Avenue and learned they had been drinking earlier that night at a local bar and were walking home.

Several sewer covers reportedly had been removed. Police had the three men replace the sewer covers and sent them on their way with a verbal warning.


On second thought …

A Brookfield man called police on March 18 to report that his 2005 Ford Focus was stolen from the 3100 block of Grand Boulevard between 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. that day. The vehicle was parked on the street and had been locked. The victim had the key, police said.

On March 21, LaGrange Park police contacted Brookfield police to report that the purportedly stolen vehicle had been found, undamaged, in the parking lot of PNC Bank, 1215 31st St.

The car’s owner told police that he had gone to the bank on March 18 but could not remember if he walked or drove there. The man eventually determined he must have driven there and walked home.


Stolen car recovered

North Riverside police recovered a 2006 Chevy Impala reported stolen on March 3 in Ankeny, Iowa, during a traffic stop on March 19 at about 6:20 p.m. near Desplaines Avenue and 26th Street.

Police made the stop after observing a defective windshield. The driver, a 19-year-old Brookfield woman, said the car belonged to her boyfriend and that she didn’t know it was stolen.

The owner of the car said he didn’t want to pursue charges against the woman. Police gave the driver three citations and seized the vehicle in order to turn it over to its owner on March 24.


One-finger salute

A 28-year-old Berwyn man was cited by North Riverside police for public intoxication on March 18 at about 2:20 a.m. after he raised his right hand above his head and allegedly extended his middle finger at a police officer who was driving past in the 2500 block of Desplaines Avenue.

When the officer stopped and asked the man why he did that, the man reportedly said, “I hate you Riverside cops. You guys are a bunch of bitches.”

The officer reported that the man appeared intoxicated and informed his he was going to be cited. The man ran away, but the officer found him hiding behind a vehicle in the parking lot of Chef Shangri-La at 26thStreet and Desplaines Avenue.


Vehicle door damaged

A 22-year-old Summit man on March 17 at 7 p.m. waved down a North Riverside police officer in the Sports Authority parking lot, 1800 Harlem Ave., to report that someone had tried to enter his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The SUV’s driver’s side door handle was pried for the door, but entry was never gained.


BBs damage vehicles

Two vehicles parked in the lot at Hammer Express, 9014 47th St. in Brookfield, had their windshields shot at with BB guns at some point during March 20, police reported.

Among the vehicles to have BB holes in their windshields were a 2006 Kenworth semi-tractor truck and 2004 Nissan van.


Toddler smacked with belt in store

North Riverside police contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on March 16 after officers were called to the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, at about 12:45 p.m. for a report of a female hitting a small girl with a belt.

Police talked to a woman identified by mall security as having struck a 2-year-old child. The woman, 21, was the girl’s aunt and told police that the child had been “acting up” so she disciplined her by “popping” her with her belt.

The girl’s 24-year-old mother, who was also present, reportedly did not have a problem with the discipline meted out to the child.

A DCFS representative reportedly told police corporal punishment did not qualify for DCFS involvement, but that the matter would be documented.

Police took no further action.


Forest preserve fire doused

Riverside police and firefighters responded to the Zoo Woods forest preserve at 31st Street and First Avenue on March 16 at about 1:10 p.m. after someone reported a brush fire there.

Riverside firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in a short amount of time, according to police, who added that there were no controlled burns prescribed for the area that day.

The origin and cause of the fire were not indicated in the police report.


‘A ton’ of alcohol’

Brookfield paramedics transported a 36-year-old Brookfield man to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn on March 18 after a police officer observed him stagger and nearly collapse while walking in front of his squad car in the 8900 block of Ogden Avenue at about 9:30 p.m.

Asked how much alcohol he had consumed, the man answered, “Maybe 100, 200, 300.” The man also said he had consumed a “ton of rubbing alcohol.”


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 16-22, 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