With the start of another year, police are warning residents to be aware of telephone scams involving people calling and claiming they represent the Internal Revenue Service and that back taxes are owed. The scam artists often target the elderly.

On Jan. 29, a 77-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police after receiving a call from a man claiming to be from the IRS and demanding that she send him $3,700 or he’d get a warrant for her arrest.

The woman knew the call was a scam and did not give the man any information. She called police as a matter of record. The phone number where the call originated is associated with IRS phone scams, police said.

DUI

Jermaine T. Rollins, 27, faces felony drunken-driving charges as well as endangering the life of a child and driving on a suspended license after he was involved in a minor car accident in the 2600 block of Harlem Avenue about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 25.

According to the police report, Rollins’ blood-alcohol level was .256, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.

A 24-year-old Berwyn man said he was idling in his red Nissan while waiting for a train to clear the crossing when, Rollins backed a white Hyundai into his vehicle and then took off westbound on 26th Street.

Police located Rollins driving in the 7800 block of 26th Street and arrested him. Police stated there was an adult passenger as well as a juvenile in the vehicle at the time of the incident. They were given rides home to Lyons.

Because Rollins never obtained a valid driver’s license, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office upgraded the drunken-driving charge to a felony.

Riverside police charged a 47-year-old Lyons man with misdemeanor driving under the influence and speeding after a police officer reported him driving 73 mph in a 30 mph zone while eastbound on Ogden Avenue from First Avenue around 3:05 a.m. on Jan. 30.

The officer pulled over the man’s 1999 Ford as it turned onto Lawndale Avenue. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests, while a breath test indicated the man’s blood-alcohol level was .221, or nearly three times the legal limit. 

Battery

Riverside police charged a 27-year-old Countryside man with battery after he allegedly brushed his hand against a 13-year-old girl’s thigh and said, “I love you” to her in front of the Riverside Public Library on Jan. 30 about 6:15 p.m.

Police initially received a call from a citizen stating that a man was jumping in and out of traffic in the area of Riverside Road and East Quincy Street. While responding to the scene, an officer observed a man matching that description in front of the library at 1 Burling Road.

The subject reportedly was very intoxicated and had trouble standing without help. The subject told police he’d taken a train from Chicago but got off at the wrong stop and couldn’t use his cellphone because the battery was dead.

According to police, the man then approached three teenage girls who were sitting in front of the library and asked to borrow one of their cellphones. A 13-year-old Brookfield gave the man her phone. When he returned it to her, he reported reached toward her and brushed her thigh. 

Scrap metal stolen

A Brookfield man called police on Jan. 30 just before noon to report that a subject entered his backyard, removed scrap metal lying next to a tree and placed it in a black pickup truck.

The victim ran after the truck and grabbed onto the rear of the vehicle in an attempt to get the driver to stop, but the truck continued northbound through the alley behind his home in the 3900 block of Vernon Avenue and then westbound on Southview Avenue.

They never quit trying

A 47-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police on Jan. 30 about 2:55 p.m. stating she’d just received a letter from the Bedford Park Police Department about a red-light camera violation involving a car she had junked in 2012. She wanted to make sure the car wasn’t still being used by someone else.

Police checked the letter, which indicated that the violation took place in 2010 when the woman owned the vehicle.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 25-31, 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