Woman tosses furniture, grill off porch

Riverside police charged a 33-year-old Naperville woman with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct after she allegedly threw patio furniture, a grill and planters off the front and back porches of a residence on Forest Avenue, for no apparent reason.

Officers responded to the residence around 12:35 a.m. on May 11 after a resident reported an unknown female throwing items off the back porch. When police arrived, they found furniture and planters tossed off the porches and lying in the driveway.

They also reported locating an uncooperative woman who appeared to be intoxicated. While the woman referred to the female occupant of the residence as her “aunt,” the resident told police she did not know who the woman was.

The woman reportedly refused to answer questions but provided police with a phone number for her brother, who came to pick her up at the police station. She has a June 19 court date.


Woman attacked in bar

Three Berwyn women were charged with battery and mob action after they allegedly attacked and injured a 37-year-old Cicero woman inside The Sweet Spot, 2531 Desplaines Ave., about 2:50 a.m. on May 12.

According to the police report, the victim was in the company of a 48-year-old Cicero man. One of the alleged attackers, a 41-year-old woman, reportedly once dated the man and had children with him. She alleged that the victim and her former boyfriend were being investigated for abusing one of her children.

The other alleged attackers were 35 and 46 years old. The victim was treated for a cut above her left eye and a scratched cornea.



North Riverside police charged 32-year-old Shirlisa S. Robinson, of Chicago, with forgery after she attempted to pay for a meal at Famous Dave’s, 7201 25th St., with a fraudulent credit card.

The manager of the restaurant called police after Robinson allegedly presented a Visa debit card that came back on a computer check as a Discover card. When police arrived, they reported finding Robinson to be in possession of several other credit cards, three of which were fraudulent, according to police.

Robinson reportedly told police she paid $125 for five fraudulent credit cards and that she previously had been arrested for possessing fake credit cards.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the felony charge against Robinson.  

Pocket picked

A 67-year-old Chicago man reported on May 13 that a pickpocket had taken more than $2,500 in cash from him while in the parking lot of Goodwill, 1900 Harlem Ave., North Riverside.

The victim told police he had exited the Loyola Family Health Center in the same strip mall and was walking to his car with his wife. The two were approached by a subject described as a thin, dark-skinned black male in his 50s with a mustache, wearing a knit hat, a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

The subject began pointing out things wrong with the victim’s car and touched the victim on the shoulder and lifted his arm a couple of times. The victim pulled away from the man, who then walked away, got into a white vehicle and drove off.

Realizing he had money in his left front pocket, the victim checked and found that it was gone, likely taken when the subject was trying to distract him.

The victim told police he was carrying such a large amount of cash because he had just cashed a check.


Vehicle burglary

A resident of the 500 block of Longcommon Road, Riverside, contacted police on May 15 to report that someone entered his unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of his home, and removed two iPods, a Garmin Nuvi GPS unit, an identification badge, a sterling silver necklace, two cellphone charging cords and a rosary.

The items were valued at $840. The victim told police his dogs acted as if they had seen someone outside about 10:15 p.m. the previous night and that his wife heard tires squealing outside the house about that time as well.


Basket stolen off bike

A 15-year-old Riverside boy went to police on May 12 to report that someone stole a basket off his bicycle, which was locked to a rack outside Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, during school hours.

The item was described as a black Topeak rear-tire basket valued about $50.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 11-17, 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