Stolen steaks sold to bar patron

A 37-year-old Brookfield man who has 17 prior convictions for theft is back in Cook County Jail after stealing some ribeye steaks from a local grocery store and then selling them at a discount to a patron at a Lyons bar so he could buy some cigarettes.

Michael Kawell reportedly lifted several steaks from Tischler’s Finer Foods, 9118 Broadway Ave., on May 31 about 11 a.m. He then walked to Ricky D’s, 7901 Ogden Ave. in Lyons, according to police, where he sold three steaks, valued at about $60, to a bar patron for $20.

After that, he went across the street to a gas station and bought cigarettes, he reportedly told police.

The owner of the bar reportedly knows the owner of Tischler’s and tipped him off that the steaks may have been stolen from the Brookfield store. The steaks were reportedly still wrapped in Tischler’s packaging when they were sold inside the bar.

Video surveillance footage reportedly showed Kawell taking the steaks and walking out of the store without paying for them. Police were able to identify him from past contacts, according to the police report.

Police contacted Kawell on June 2 and interviewed him about the events of May 31, to which he reportedly confessed. Because of his prior record, Kawell was charged with felony theft.

Kawell, as of Monday afternoon, was being held with his bond set at $5,000.


Riverside police report burglaries

Riverside police sent out an alert to residents along the village’s eastern border on Sunday after “several” residents reported thefts and burglaries in the area. Two garage burglaries were reported in the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue on June 5 and an automobile was reported stolen from the 500 block of Kent Road that day as well.

Police said the incidents happened during the overnight hours and that offenders had targeted the area near Harlem Avenue and York, Selborne, Kent, and Blythe Roads. Items reported missing included bicycles, power tools, speakers, a bottle of cognac and other items from vehicles parked in the garages.

Police also say a 1990 Jeep Wrangler stolen from the driveway of a residence on Kent Road likely was used to transport stolen goods out of the village. 

A resident of the 3800 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, called police on June 5 to report that during the overnight hours, someone forced open the service door to his garage and stole car engine parts, tools, a box of various other items and a power washer.

BB shatters front door

A resident of the 4500 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, called police on June 3 about 6 p.m. to report that someone shot out her glass front door with what appeared to be a BB gun.

The victim told police her family was eating dinner when she heard a noise resembling a soda can opening. She looked toward the front glass patio door and noticed it was shattered. A small hole was seen at the top of the window.

Police were unable to find a projectile at the scene.


Flying down Harlem

A 36-year-old Pompano Beach, Florida, man, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Riverside on June 6, was driving his 2003 Mercedes-Benz 84 mph while northbound on Harlem Avenue, Riverside police say.

A police officer on patrol said he could clearly hear a vehicle accelerating at a high rate of speed when it passed him near Ogden Avenue. The officer got behind the vehicle and clocked the Mercedes at 84 mph in a 30 mph zone before slowing down due to traffic at a red light at 34th Street.

The driver appeared intoxicated, said police, and failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with aggravated speeding, which is a Class A misdemeanor, for driving 54 mph over the posted speed limit. He was also cited for reckless driving and DUI.


Van stolen from mall

A 42-year-old Cicero woman contacted North Riverside police on June 1 to report that his white 2003 Ford Econoline van was stolen from the parking lot west of Sears at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

The woman said she parked the van about 11:30 a.m. When she returned at 1 p.m., it was gone. Taken along with the van were numerous items inside, which were to be sold at an upcoming flea market. The items included 1,000 adult videos, 100 adult toys, 15 electronic tablets, 250 men’s wallets, 25 sets of headphones, a used flat-panel TV and a 15-inch Black Spider speaker.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 1-7, 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