Brookfield cops: Man cut through ceiling to burglarize neighbor

Robert Shepard, 41, of Brookfield, was charged with residential burglary last week after he allegedly climbed into the attic of the apartment building where he lived and then cut a hole in the ceiling of his neighbor’s apartment in order to burglarize it.

According to the police report, the building’s owner was in the process of evicting Shepard because he was three months behind on his rent. On Sept. 30, the landlord was notified that Shepard may have burglarized the apartment next to his on the second floor of a building in the 4400 block of Eberly Avenue.

The landlord showed police pry marks on the door of the neighbor’s apartment, indicating that someone had been trying to break into the unit. Shepard was located in another unit inside the building and denied involvement in the burglary, claiming he had been gone from the building for some time and that he didn’t have keys to his apartment.

But when the landlord pointed out that the second-floor access panel to the attic looked to have been tampered with, he gave police permission to search the attic. There police found a hole in the floor of the attic, directly above the apartment belonging to Shepard’s neighbor.

Inside the apartment, police observed ceiling debris and insulation on the floor of the unit. Among the items reported missing from the apartment were a 60-inch, flat-panel TV, a laptop computer, two electronic tablets, a video game system, jewelry, a jar containing cash and a watch.

Police also reported that Shepard had insulation and drywall debris on his clothing. Shepard reportedly gave police consent to search his apartment, where they reportedly located the stolen items.

Shepard is being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $125,000. He has an Oct. 7 preliminary hearing at the Maybrook courthouse.


Loose lips …

A Lyons man arrested for drunken driving and his female companion, who was arrested on outstanding warrants, unwittingly made thing worse for themselves by talking out loud while sitting in the rear of a squad car, which was outfitted with video cameras.

Anthony X. Aranda, 25, was pulled over by Riverside police on Oct. 2 about 2:10 a.m. after an officer reported him driving erratically and speeding in the 2700 block of Harlem Avenue.

The officer determined Aranda was impaired, arrested him for driving under the influence and placed him in the rear of the squad car. While the officer went to go check on the female passenger, Aranda reportedly said out loud, to himself and to an activated video camera inside the vehicle, that he needed to go home and get rid of drugs and weapons.

When the officer ran the passenger’s name through his computer, he learned that she was wanted on a pair of warrants. He arrested the woman, who was identified as Imelda Marines, 25, of Lyons, and placed her in the back seat with Aranda.

According to police, she reportedly stated to Aranda, a statement also caught on video, that she had hidden drugs inside her vagina so police wouldn’t find them.

Police viewed the squad car video at the police station and learned about the statements Aranda and Marines made. When police confronted Marines about the drugs, she reportedly reached into her underwear and removed nine individual packets containing methamphetamine from her vagina before handing them to police.

She was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and obstruction.

Meanwhile, based on Aranda’s videotaped statements, police obtained a search warrant for his Lyons residence and reportedly recovered a sawed-off shotgun, cocaine, cannabis and paraphernalia used for the manufacture and delivery of drugs.

In addition to DUI, Aranda was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of cocaine and cannabis, and manufacture/delivery of cocaine and cannabis.

According to police, Aranda is a self-admitted gang member who has a criminal history that includes numerous weapons and drug charges.


Brookfield vehicle burglaries

  • Four Brookfield residents reported that their vehicles had been burglarized during the overnight hours of Oct. 2-3 on the village’s north end. All of the vehicles apparently were unlocked.

The incidents occurred in the 3000 block of Prairie Avenue and the 3100 blocks of Oak, Vernon and Sunnyside avenues. Among the items taken were iPods, sunglasses and loose change.

  • An unlocked vehicle parked in the 3600 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, was discovered burglarized on the morning of Sept. 28. Missing items included headphones, an MP3 cable and loose change.
  • A resident of the 4100 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, reported that her unlocked vehicle was burglarized overnight on Sept. 28-29. A Block Rocker Explorer sound system was taken.


Vehicle reported stolen in Brookfield

A 43-year-old Lake in the Hills man contacted Brookfield police to report that his black 2006 Nissan Pathfinder had been stolen from the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard sometime after 3 p.m. on Oct. 3.

The man had driven to Brookfield and had a meal at a Grand Boulevard restaurant prior to getting picked up to go to a Chicago Fire soccer game. While traveling to the game, he realized he was missing his keys and figured he had lost them.

Since his only other set of keys was at home, he told police, he decided to recover his vehicle after work on Oct. 4. When he returned to Brookfield, however, the vehicle was gone.


Riverside bike thefts

  • A 39-year-old Riverside man reported to police that his pink and yellow Klein Rascal bicycle, which had been locked to a railing on the south side of the downtown train station, had been stolen.

The victim told police he locked the bike at the station at 7 a.m. on Sept. 28. He discovered it missing at 7 a.m. on Sept. 29. The 26-inch bike had a black and white seat and was valued at $400.

  • Riverside police reported on Oct. 1 that someone stole a bicycle belonging to a 17-year-old Brookfield boy at Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road. The boy reportedly placed his 21-inch BMX-style men’s Colt bike, unlocked, in the rack at the front entrance of the school in the morning and checked on it at noon. But at 3:05 p.m. when school let out, the bike was missing.
  • A 12-year-old Riverside boy reported to police that his bike was stolen from the rack at the north train platform in downtown Riverside on Oct. 3.

The boy said he locked his black and gray Sirrus 600 mountain bike to the rack at about 1:45 p.m. and took a train to LaGrange with a friend. When he returned to Riverside at 3:15 p.m., the bike was gone. The bike was valued at $600.


Felony DUI

Adriana Rubio, 30, of Berwyn, faced felony drunken-driving charges after Riverside police reported finding her passed out behind the wheel of her 2001 Ford at Harlem Avenue and East Burlington Street on Oct. 1 at about 12:35 a.m.

Her blood-alcohol content was reportedly .112, which is more than the legal limit of .08. The Dui charged was upgraded to a felony, according to police, because Rubio’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of her arrest.


Property taxes? Them’s fighting words

Brookfield police responded to Phil’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave., on Oct. 4 at about 7:10 p.m. for a fight reportedly in progress.

When they arrived, officers talked to the two men involved, a 56-year-old man from Broadview and a 31-year-old man from Maywood. Both admitted that they were having a heated argument about property taxes and that it escalated into pushing and shoving, and eventually a 51-year-old Brookfield man attempted to break it up by stepping between them.

All three men were reportedly told they were no longer welcome at the bar and would be arrested if they returned.


Halloween store hijinks

North Riverside police were dispatched to Spirit Halloween, 7379 25th St., on Sept. 30 at 8:42 p.m. to investigate a reported battery that just occurred.

Three suspects had left the area in a dark-colored minivan by the time police arrived, but the store’s manager talked with police about the incident.

According to the manager, the suspects entered the store with an empty baby stroller began walking the aisles, taking items from the displays and placing them in the stroller.

As the one suspect pushing the baby strolled approached the door to the store, the manager confronted him and called out, “We have a shoplifter; everyone to the front.” An employee locked the door and but the three suspects pushed and pulled employees out of the way in order to unlock the door and get away.

The stroller was left behind in the store.


Projectile breaks car window

A 54-year-old North Riverside woman called police on Oct. 2 at midnight to report that something was either shot or thrown through the rear driver’s side window of her 2013 Nissan as it traveled eastbound on Cermak Road near Harlem Avenue.

The woman reported she was simply driving along when she heard a loud bang and the sound of breaking glass. She did not see anyone throw anything or shoot at the vehicle and police said they did not recover any objects that may have broken the window.


Missing from motel

A 37-year-old man who reported his address as 9220 Ogden Ave., the Colony Motel, reported to police on Oct. 2 that 180 hydrocodone pills, a cellphone, a LINK card and a gift card were missing from his room at the motel.

The man told police that he’d been taken to the hospital earlier that day and when he returned, the items were gone. The man reportedly had a prescription for the pills.


Bag o’ fish

A 59-year-old Indian Head Park man called Brookfield police on Oct. 2 at 3:38 p.m. to report what smelled like a rotting carcass inside a bag in a truck parking lot at 9100 Plainfield Road.

The responding officer opened the bag and found it contained several dead and rotting fish that looked like they’d been in there for several days.


Pants-less man?

An anonymous caller phoned Brookfield police on Oct. 4 at 9:12 a.m. to report that there was a man who was not wearing any pants walking eastbound on Windemere Avenue from Forest Avenue.

Police checked the area but were unable to find anyone matching that description.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 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.