A 17-year-old Forest View boy charged with burglary last week in Riverside reportedly ran from a Kimbark Road home after walking into a bedroom where a 17-year-old girl was sleeping.

The girl told police she woke up and saw a subject wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and glasses standing over her bed at about 4 a.m. on Feb. 25. She screamed at the subject, who fled the house, but not before taking some jewelry, Bluetooth speaker and the girl’s cellphone.

Less than a half hour later, a police officer on patrol observed a suspicious subject outside an apartment building on Forest Avenue. The officer recognized the subject, a juvenile, from a prior contact.

The subject was carrying jewelry, which the officer photographed along with other items the boy had in his possession, before sending him on his way.

The burglary victim did not report the incident to police until about 6:40 a.m., at which time police suspected the subject found walking along Forest Avenue. The victim reportedly identified the items photographed by the police officer and also identified the suspect in a photo lineup.

At about 8 p.m. on Feb. 25, police were able to track the suspect down at an apartment building in the 8000 block of Edgewater Avenue in North Riverside. According to police, the juvenile was found trying to hide in a basement storage area of the building. He was apprehended without incident.

According to police, the alleged offender chose the Kimbark Road home randomly and may have passed it by but for the fact that a gate to the yard was left open. The boy then allegedly checked the handle on the rear door of the house and found it to be unlocked.

The boy allegedly was attempting to steal more jewelry in a bedroom when the female victim woke up. There was another female adult in the house at the time of incident, but that person was unaware anything had taken place, police said.

The alleged offender and victim did not know one another, according to police.

While Police Chief Thomas Weitzel called the incident “unusual,” he stated that residents must not believe that the village is immune to crime.

“I want to stress that Riverside residents need to secure their property to prevent thefts so that individuals cannot just walk into their homes,” Weitzel said. “In this case, the offender did not have to use any force as he found an open door and walked directly into the house.”

Came to get his guns

A 51-year-old Brookfield man called police at about 12:05 p.m. on Feb. 28 complaining that his ex-girlfriend had just pointed a pistol at him while he was trying to remove his belongings from her residence.

The two had been together for about a decade, but the relationship had turned sour. As he arrived to retrieve his things, the victim told police he saw his ex-girlfriend throwing his personal items outside.

When he walked in the kitchen through the back door to request that she stop doing that, his ex-girlfriend reportedly picked up a Walther PPK .32-caliber handgun off the living room table and pointed it at him. 

The man ran out the back door and phoned police to make sure he could retrieve his belongings, which included 16 rifles and shotguns. He told police he did not wish to sign an aggravated assault complaint against his ex-girlfriend, because he knew that the handgun she pointed at him was not loaded. 

Vehicle destroyed by fire

Riverside firefighters and police responded to the area of Harlem Avenue and Lawton Road on Feb. 25 at about 11 p.m. after receiving a report of a car engulfed in flames there. Firefighters extinguished the flames, which were coming from the engine compartment of a small silver vehicle, which was parked near the front of the Riverside Restaurant.

The car’s owner told police that he was driving southbound on Harlem Avenue when the car’s engine stalled. He was able to coast into the restaurant parking lot and then noticed flames coming from the engine.

The man told police that the vehicle’s engine and the radiator had recently been replaced.

Car stolen while warming up

A resident of the 4500 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Feb. 23 to report that his blue 2006 Mercury Marquis was stolen from the parking lot behind his apartment building while he left the vehicle to warm up with the engine running and the doors unlocked at about 6:55 a.m.

The victim said he had left the vehicle unattended for about 10 minutes. 

Attempted break-in

Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 8900 block of 31st Street on Feb. 27 at about 3:40 p.m. after a the owner reported that someone may have attempted to break in.

Police stated that the wood jamb of the front door had pry marks on it. The damage, according to the resident, was no more than a few days old, and no entry was made into the residence. 

Vehicle entered, damaged

A resident of Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, called police to report that someone entered her unlocked vehicle, a rental car, during the overnight hours of Feb. 24-25 and damaged the turn signal lever and the windshield wiper lever on the steering column.

Both levers were torn off the column and thrown in the back seat. Bags that had been placed on the rear seat were not disturbed. 

Power surge leads to smoking TV, dishwasher

A power surge that led to the failure of an electrical transformer behind the 8500 block of Greenview Avenue in Brookfield on the evening of Feb. 28 caused a pair of household items to start “smoking” at a home in the 8600 block of Greenview Avenue, alarming the homeowner.

The homeowner first called at about 7:35 p.m. to report that smoke was coming from a TV. Emergency personnel determined there was no fire. ComEd informed the homeowner that the problem could have been the result of a power surge.

At about 8:20 p.m., the same resident called 911 again to report that smoke was coming from the dishwasher. While emergency personnel were on the scene, a nearby ComEd transformer failed, causing a general power outage in the area. 

Not so fast

A woman attempted to steal more than $550 worth of over-the-counter medications from CVS, 8911 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, on Feb. 22 at about 8:40 p.m., but was foiled by an employee who grabbed her handbag, where the items had been stashed.

 The alleged thief fled the area before police arrived. The employee told police that he saw the woman enter the store and walk down a few aisles, placing items in the handbag. When the woman left the store without paying for the items, the employee grabbed the bag as she exited.

The woman then got into a silver or tan pickup truck occupied by two male subjects. The vehicle then left the area.

Calling all cars

Brookfield police responded to the 3800 block of Maple Avenue on Feb. 27 at about 12:20 a.m. after a resident called to report juveniles dragging garbage cans onto her front lawn and running away.

Officers determined that the objects were actually rain barrels that the resident had ordered from the village. The officers helped place the rain barrels further on to the resident’s property before leaving. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 22-28, 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