The recovery of a vehicle stolen from the driveway of a Brookfield home has led to the arrest of one of the men responsible for a brazen residential burglary in July, police have reported.
On Aug. 20, Broadview resident Ivan Mendez, 18, was charged with one count of burglary and one count of possessing a stolen motor vehicle in connection with an incident in Brookfield during the early morning hours of July 31.
Mendez and an unidentified accomplice, according to police, stole a purse from the counter of a home in the 3200 block of Prairie Avenue when one of them climbed through a kitchen window while the homeowners slept.
In addition to cash, the purse contained the keys to a 2010 Toyota RAV4, which was parked in the driveway. Mendez and the other subject reportedly drove off with the victim’s vehicle after stealing the purse.
Mendez, who police say formerly attended Riverside-Brookfield High School, also faces burglary charges in Westchester and charges of theft/possession of stolen property in LaGrange Park. At a hearing Friday morning at Maybrook, Mendez’s bond was set at $50,000. He is being held at Cook County Jail.
Police nearly apprehended Mendez on Aug. 1, when a River Forest police officer tried to stop the RAV4 , which had come back as stolen. The officer’s description of the driver indicated Mendez was behind the wheel at the time. But the driver of the RAV4 was able to elude police on that occasion.
On Aug. 17, Brookfield police received notification that the RAV4 had been towed from the parking lot of an industrial supply company located in the 2000 block of North Leamington Avenue in Chicago.
Inside the vehicle, police reported recovering a receipt for the purchase of a cellphone. Police then obtained video surveillance footage from the cellphone store and on Aug. 20 sent out a flier to area police agencies with images of two suspects, one of whom reportedly was Mendez.
Just three hours after putting out the flier, Brookfield received a tip from Forest Park police that one of the suspects was Mendez. Brookfield police then contacted Broadview police to confirm Mendez’s address. It turned out that Broadview police had Mendez in custody on an unrelated matter.
Brookfield detectives interviewed Mendez later that day.