A 47-year-old Berwyn man told North Riverside police he was robbed of $120 in the loading dock area behind Petco/Burlington Coat Factory in the North Riverside Plaza shopping center about 3 p.m. on Dec. 15.

According to the police report, the victim stated the offender was a tall Hispanic man, approximately 30-35 years old with long, curly black hair. The offender was last seen wearing a black jacket, gray pants and red shoes.

The victim told police he first noticed the offender while shopping at Marshall’s in the Cermak Plaza and the offender followed him to the North Riverside shopping center and into Best Buy, 2358 Harlem Ave.

Inside Best Buy the offender followed the victim to the electronics department and began talking to him. The victim left Best Buy and was walking along the south side of the building when the offender reportedly shoved him against the wall and ordered him to accompany him behind the store.

Once there, the offender allegedly demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim gave cash to the offender, who then left toward the southeast, according to the police report. 

Identity theft

A 39-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police on Dec. 22 to report that someone opened a charge account under her maiden name at Nordstrom, charging approximately $2,700 in merchandise. When the person tried to charge another $1,900 at the same store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the sales associate got suspicious and contacted security. The female subject left the store without the merchandise.

The victim also told police she had received letters from Saks Fifth Avenue and Best Buy that her credit card applications had been denied. The victim told police she had not applied for any such credit cards.

Garage burglary

A resident of the 3300 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Dec. 23 at 6:40 p.m. to report that a lawn mower valued at $75 was missing from the garage of her residence and that storage bins had been opened and moved around inside the garage.

Police reported that the service door, which was secured by a padlock, appeared to have been damaged.

At 8:45 p.m., the homeowner called police to report that she found the lawn mower at the south end of the alley on the west side of the 3300 block of Sunnyside Avenue. The lawn mower was not there at 3:30 p.m., the homeowner stated.

Burglary from auto

A 21-year-old Lyons man reported to police that on Dec. 14 he parked his 2006 Dodge Charger in the west parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, about 1 p.m.

When he arrived back at his vehicle at 11:30 p.m., he noticed that a backpack, four college textbooks, two new pairs of shoes, and clothing were missing. The loss was estimated at about $1,400.

A resident of the 7700 block of 26th Street, North Riverside, reported that during the overnight hours of Dec. 15-16, someone broke the passenger side window of his vehicle and removed 40 CDs valued at $400 and a Canon Powershot Elph camera valued at $160.

The damage to the window was estimated at $350. 


A resident of the 4100 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Dec. 22 about 5:10 p.m. to report that she heard a loud bang coming from outside. When she went to investigate, she saw a scrap truck hauling away an old water heater that had been located in the backyard of her residence.

The subject had also left the rear gate open, allowing the family’s dog to escape. Police were unable to locate the vehicle. The homeowner located the dog on Elm Avenue near Ehlert Park.

Too much holiday cheer

Police were dispatched to the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., Brookfield, on Dec. 26 about 12:35 a.m. after receiving a complaint that two male subjects were “out of control” in the lobby.

When police arrived, the motel manager pointed out two subjects, one of whom was standing in the parking lot of a restaurant across the street. The manager told police that the two men walked across the street from the restaurant and started banging on the windows of the motel lobby for no reason.

One of the subjects was described as “heavily intoxicated” and having trouble standing. He was taken to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for observation. No arrests were made.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 14-27, 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