Brookfield burglary suspect arrested

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. 

Riverside car break-ins

Riverside police responded to reports of nine addresses where vehicles were broken into during the overnight hours of Aug. 20-21. In all but one instance, the vehicles were located on the driveway or in open garages and all but one of the owners said their vehicles were unlocked. 

The only items of value reported missing from the vehicles was loose change. The incidents were scattered throughout the village — on Kimbark Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Blackhawk Road, Lawton Road, Gage Road, Olmsted Road and Northgate Road.

In addition, a resident on North Cowley Road called police about 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 23 to report an attempted burglary to a vehicle parked in front of a residence.

The caller stated she and her husband heard their car alarm sound and saw the subject enter a light-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser, which drove away eastbound on Herrick Road. No entry was made to the vehicle. 

Fake Benjamins

A 21-year-old Berwyn man contacted North Riverside police on Aug. 18 about noon to report that someone had attempted to give him counterfeit money in exchange for a cellphone he was trying to sell.

The man told police he had placed an ad on Craigslist and had agreed to meet a subject at the CVS, 7200 Cermak Road, to make the sale. The subject reportedly handed him what he easily identified as five phony $100 bills.

When the subject protested the money was real, they went into the store and had a cashier confirm they were counterfeit. The Berwyn man called police and the subject fled eastbound on Cermak Road on foot.

Mad at losing

North Riverside police charged a 40-year-old Berwyn woman with disorderly conduct after an employee at Betty’s, 7369 25th St., complained she was making a scene inside the gambling parlor on Aug. 23 about 11:20 a.m.

The woman reportedly was yelling racial slurs at other patrons and had hit the video gambling machine where she was losing money out of frustration. The woman reportedly told police she wanted a chance to win her $20 back, but the machine she was playing showed she only had a penny left to play.

The woman was given a 1-cent cash voucher and banned from the gambling parlor, according to the police report. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 17-23, 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