Brookfield business burglarized

Brookfield police were called to Ashley’s Wash and Dry, a laundromat located at 9016 47th St., on the morning of Aug. 26 to investigate a burglary.

The owner of the business, a 43-year-old Brookfield man, said an employee called him at 6 a.m. to tell him someone had broken into the business overnight. One of the two detergent vending machines had been pried open and the cash box, which contained about $230, was missing.

Police reported that the rear door to the laundromat had been pried open from the outside and that the door latch had been damaged.

Hit by truck

Brookfield police are trying to identify the driver of a delivery truck who is being accused of knocking over a plumbing company employee who tried to prevent him from using the alley north of 47th Street just west of DuBois Boulevard on Aug. 18.

The victim went to the Brookfield police station on Aug. 28, a full 10 days after the incident reportedly occurred, although he said he called police earlier but was told they wouldn’t take a report over the phone.

According to the victim, he was rodding a sewer line and had opened a manhole in the alley. When the delivery truck pulled into the alley, the victim said he told the driver he couldn’t go down the alley because of the open manhole.

The driver insisted and reportedly rolled forward into the victim, knocking him back. The victim’s left leg reportedly fell into the manhole and he reportedly hit his head on the pavement, knocking him out briefly. He awoke to find the driver and a resident standing over him.

Instead of calling paramedics, the victim ended up going to a hospital in New Lenox, where he said he was treated for minor injuries.

Suspicious incident

A 31-year-old North Riverside man contacted police on Aug. 23 at about 10:35 p.m. to report a suspicious incident that had just taken place outside his residence in the 2200 block of 6th Avenue.

The man said he left his vehicle running, with the headlights on, at the back of his driveway. The man was standing nearby the vehicle, in the backyard, waiting for his wife when he noticed a newer model white SUV pull up to his residence.

A subject got out of the vehicle and began walking down the driveway. When the subject got near the vehicle, he noticed its owner standing there and immediately began walking quickly back down the driveway.

The subject got back into the SUV, which performed a three-point turn and headed back toward Cermak Road.

License plates lifted

A North Riverside man contacted police on Aug. 28 to report that someone stole both the front and rear license plates from his 1999 Dodge van, which was parked in the 200 block of 11th Avenue, sometime after Aug. 26.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 300 block of Blackhawk Road, Riverside, called police on Aug. 25 to report that two vehicles parked in the driveway were burglarized during the early morning hours of Aug. 21.

The resident didn’t call police sooner because nothing of value was taken from his vehicle. He called police on Aug. 25 when he discovered that a vehicle belonging to a visiting relative had also been broken into. About $20 in quarters was taken from that vehicle. Both vehicles had been unlocked.


  • A resident of the 4100 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Aug. 27 to report that two spools of wire valued at about $500 were removed from her rear yard between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The spools of wire were located near the rear gate; the victim speculated that a “junker” may have removed the spools using some sort of hand truck.

  • A resident of the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that his unlocked bicycle was taken from the backyard of his residence sometime between 11 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 10:40 a.m. on Aug. 25.

The bike was described as a green Mongoose bicycle with pegs, valued at $80.

  • A resident of the 200 block of Shenstone Road, Riverside, contacted police on Aug. 26 to report that a package was stolen from her front porch several days earlier.

The victim stated that the U.S. Postal Service confirmed delivery of the package — containing a high school geometry textbook — on Aug. 20 at about 3:10 p.m. But when she arrived home that day, the package was not there.

  • A resident of Woodside Road, Riverside, called police on Aug. 27 to report that someone had removed the rear wheel of his Colnago road bicycle, which was left unattended outside his residence between 6 and 7 p.m.

The victim had taken the wheel off the bike because it had a flat tire, and he left it leaning against the wall of his home.

Retail theft

North Riverside were dispatched to Victoria’s Secret at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Aug. 25 at about 2:10 p.m. after the store manager reported about $1,650 in clothing was stolen from a display counter near the store’s entrance.

According to the police report, 15 Pink hoodies valued at $89.95 each and five pairs of Pink pants valued at $59.95 each were missing.

Video surveillance footage showed that a thin black female in her 20s, about 5-foot-3, with long hair and wearing a purple jacket, white pants, black shoes removed the items from the display and left the store without paying for them.

ATM tampered with

A 47-year-old Berwyn man contacted North Riverside police on Aug. 30 after visiting the ATM at the MB Financial Bank at 7222 Cermak Road at about 12:40 p.m.

The man stated he inserted his card into the ATM and noticed something was different about it. He tugged at a green plastic part of the card reader, which came off of the machine.

Police reported that a fraudulent card reader had been installed on the machine, and told the man to advise his bank and have them issue him a new card as soon as possible.

Real cop, actually

A 17-year-old LaGrange Park boy called Brookfield police on Aug. 27 at 9:12 p.m. to report he and his vehicle were being detained unlawfully by a security guard in the parking lot of Citibank, 9009 Ogden Ave.

The security guard in question turned out to be a Cook County Forest Preserve Police officer in full uniform driving a marked squad car. He pulled the boy over for a traffic violation, but the boy didn’t believe he was “the real police.”

Grade crossing violation

A 36-year-old Brookfield man was ticketed for disobeying a railroad signal and leaving the scene of an accident on Aug. 24 after he reportedly drove his car through the Prairie Avenue grade crossing in Brookfield as the gates were coming down.

The man was driving a company van at the time of the incident, which occurred at about 5:55 p.m. The van was stopped on the north side of the crossing, waiting for the gates to go up.  When the gates started to go up, the van move forward, but the lights immediately began flashing and the gates came back down onto the van, which continued southbound on Prairie Avenue.

The incident was caught on a witness’ dashboard camera, and police were able to contact the company and identify the driver. The driver told police that if he had not continued southbound he would have been stuck on the tracks.

Dumpster fire

Brookfield police and firefighters were dispatched to the 4500 block of Maple Avenue on Aug. 24 at about 7:50 p.m. after someone reported a dumpster on fire near an apartment building.

The complainant said she smelled what she thought was a fire pit. When she looked out the window, she observed flames coming from the dumpster and called 911. The fire was extinguished by firefighters. No damage was done to nearby buildings, according to police.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 23-30, 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.