A 40-year-old Brookfield man has been charged with burglary to a vehicle after a resident called police on March 13 just after midnight to report someone entering unlocked vehicles parked in the vicinity of Rosemear and Parkview avenues in Brookfield.

The witness told police he observed a light-colored vehicle with no headlights on driving southbound in the 3600 block of Rosemear Avenue, with the driver reaching outside the window and checking door handles of parked cars to see if they were locked.

The driver, later identified as John D. Kimbrough, then pulled behind a parked vehicle, got out of his car and entered the parked car, according to the police report. He was in the parked vehicle for about 30 seconds, the witness told police. After that Kimbrough drove away, keeping his car’s headlights off. The witness called police, who detained Kimbrough at Parkview and Rosemear.

Inside the vehicle, police reported recovering a pair of gloves, a flashlight and a plastic pill bottle containing prescription drugs that did not belong to Kimbrough. According to police, the pills had been last seen by their owner on March 11. The pill bottle was inside the center console of an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the 3500 block of McCormick Avenue at that time, according to the police report.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Kimbrough with one count of burglary to a motor vehicle and one count of illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Brookfield Police Chief James Episcopo praised the witness who immediately called police when he saw a subject acting in a suspicious manner and asked that other residents not hesitate to call the police if they see something that doesn’t look right.

“The message here is how important it is for us to have our residents call us when they observe suspicious activity,” Episcopo said. “So many times that is the difference between us making an arrest, or just showing up after the fact to take a simple report and the suspect is long gone.”

Vehicle break-ins

Riverside police responded to the 200 block of Herrick Road on the morning of March 7 after a resident called to report that someone tried to break into her locked vehicle overnight.

Police reported that the vehicle’s passenger side window had been cracked by someone trying to pry at the window housing with a screwdriver. No entry to the vehicle was gained. 

A 37-year-old Chicago woman called North Riverside police on March 10 at 2:25 p.m. to report that someone had stolen a bag containing $199 in merchandise from the back seat of a 2012 Chevy Impala that was parked in the east Sears lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

Police stated that someone apparently used a tool to pry open one of the car’s doors. In addition to the bag, a small amount of loose change was also taken from the vehicle.

Also on March 10, a 43-year-old Maywood man called North Riverside police to report that someone had broken into his 2011 Chevy Impala, which was parked in the lot near the food court of the North Riverside Park Mall between 3 and 5 p.m.

Someone had used to a tool to tamper with the driver’s side door lock and gained entry. A Columbia winter jacket, Ray Ban sunglasses, a pair of True Religion jeans, a Chicago Bulls jersey and a bottle of cologne were taken from the vehicle.

Distraught woman coaxed off tracks

A man who happened to be outside walking his dog on March 7 at 9:35 p.m. may have saved a woman’s life after he saw her kneeling on the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks and was able to coax her away from them.

The man told police he was near the Delaplaine Road grade crossing walking his dog when he heard loud weeping coming from the train tracks. The man saw the 45-year-old woman kneeling on the tracks, yelled for his wife to call 911 and went to assist the woman.

The man and his wife were able to walk the woman away from the tracks and paramedics transported her to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for evaluation.

Garage burglary

A resident of the 9100 block of Grant Avenue contacted police on March 13 to report that someone entered her unlocked garage between noon on March 12 and 10 a.m. on March 13 and removed a black and yellow Generac generator valued at $500.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 7 to March 13, 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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