North Riverside police arrested a 15-year-old Chicago boy suspected of robbing a 34-year-old Lyons woman outside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Feb. 12 at about 7 p.m.

The victim told police that she and her 8-year-old son had just exited their vehicle, which was parked in the east parking lot of the mall, when they were approached by two male subjects dressed in black with their faces covered.

One of the subjects announced, “This is a robbery,” and motioned under his sweatshirt as if he had a weapon. The other grabbed the victim’s cellphone and purse and fled southbound.

The woman phoned police, who located two subjects in the shopping center just east of the mall. Police released one of the subjects, but detained the 15 year old, because he was reportedly missing from his Chicago home.

Police later reportedly found the 15-year-old subject in possession of the victim’s cellphone. He was charged as a juvenile with aggravated robbery and transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives also learned that the subject that police released after the alleged robbery had given the officer a false name. The subject is a 30-year-old Chicago resident, who reportedly pressured the juvenile into participating in the robbery. He remained at large as of Feb. 15.

Vehicle stolen in Riverside

A Riverside man reported to police on the morning of Feb. 9 that sometime during the overnight hours, someone stole his black 2008 Cadillac Escalade, which was parked in the driveway of a home in the 200 block of Longcommon Road, Riverside.

Footprints found in the snow indicated that the offender approached from the north. Tire tracks revealed that the vehicle left the area eastbound on Shenstone Road. The vehicle reportedly was unlocked and the victim left his wallet along with a set of keys inside.

That same morning, a resident of the 200 block of Longcommon Road contacted police to report an unknown vehicle parked in the driveway of the home. The vehicle, a blue Dodge Caravan, was covered in snow and unlocked. It had been left there by an unknown person overnight.

Police learned the van was reported stolen out of Berwyn and that the ignition had been tampered with.

Teen struck by car

Riverside police cited a 16-year-old girl for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, after she allegedly struck a 13-year-old girl who was crossing the street at the Nuttall/Bartram intersection at about 6 p.m. on Feb. 9.

Paramedics tended to the victim, who was sitting on the ground and bleeding from the face when they arrived. She was transported to Loyola University Medical Center and released later that night.

The teenage driver of the 2005 Volvo reportedly told police that she was headed southbound on Nuttall Road when she was blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle and struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk.


Riverside police charged a 46-year-old cleaning woman with battery after she allegedly pushed a Riverside resident who was upset with her and another co-worker who were late for an appointment on Feb. 13.

According to the police report, a resident of the 400 block of Repton Road hired a cleaning company to do some work at her house. However, the workers were so late that the resident canceled the appointment.

Two cleaning ladies showed up despite the cancellation and the victim told them to leave. The victim also asked for the women’s names, which they refused to state. Then the victim took out her phone to photograph the workers and their vehicle, so she could identify them to their boss.

At that time one of the women allegedly pushed the victim in the shoulder, causing her to take a step back. The cleaning ladies left, but police stopped their vehicle and they were reportedly identified by the victim. 

Man absconds with cognac

An employee of CVS, 9139 Broadway Ave., Brookfield, reported on Feb. 11 that at about 8 p.m. an unknown subject entered the store, loaded up two shopping baskets with 11 bottles of cognac, valued at about $470, and exited through an emergency door without paying.

The subject entered a beige four-door vehicle parked in the alley. The vehicle sped off eastbound on Washington Avenue.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 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

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