Brookfield police reported five burglaries to vehicles last week, four of them reportedly taking place overnight on April 22-23, targeting work vans containing tools.
- On the morning of April 23, police responded to the 3500 block of Vernon Avenue to respond to a vehicle damage complaint. Officers reportedly found several items at that scene that did not belong to the owner of that vehicle.
Police then responded to the 3100 block of Oak Avenue after a resident reported that during the overnight hours someone shattered the front passenger window of a 2013 Ford work van to gain access. However, the offender was not able to gain access to the tool compartment of the vehicle and the rear doors remained secure.
An officer showed the owner of the van items recovered in the 3500 block of Vernon Avenue, and the owner confirmed that the items, including his ID, were his.
Police were also called to the 3300 block of Park Avenue on the morning of April 23. The owner of a 2006 Ford work van reported that the rear door and side sliding door of the van were open and that numerous items were missing from the van. Police reported that the rear door lock had been forced open.
Among the items reported missing were a Milwaukee hammer drill, a Milwaukee Sawzall, a Milwaukee impact drill kit, drill bits, a bag of miscellaneous tools and a camera. The total loss was estimated at $2,200.
Police responded to the 9000 of Bartlett Avenue by a resident who reported that he parked his 2011 Chevy work van on the street on the afternoon of April 22. When he returned to it on the morning of April 25, the rear cargo doors had been forced open and two items valued at about $650 were missing.
- A 36-year-old Summit resident called Brookfield police on April 19 at about 3:50 p.m. to report that someone broke into his 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, which was parked in a diagonal parking spot in the 4600 block of Forest Avenue since noon.
According to police, at about 3 p.m., a witness heard a car alarm go off and looked outside to see legs hanging out of the driver’s side window of the Chevy. Stolen from the SUV was DJ equipment.
Riverside police make drug bust
Following an investigation by Riverside police, officers from Riverside, Berwyn, Forest Park and Stickney served a search warrant at an apartment in the 4100 block of South Harlem Avenue in Stickney and arrested a 20-year-old woman suspected of running a cannabis sales operation from that location.
Celina R. Rodriguez was charged with felony possession of cannabis, felony delivery of cannabis and possession of ammunition without proper ID, among other things. Police reported recovering 113 grams of cannabis, $11,000 in cash, ammunition for a .38-caliber handgun and 9 mm handgun and two flat-panel TVs.
Police did not recover any weapons, but did recover gun cases.
North Riverside vehicle break-ins
- A 23-year-old Brookfield woman called North Riverside police on April 21 at 4:56 p.m. to report that someone stole a gray Coach bag from the rear floor of her 1996 Honda Accord, which was parked in the lot at Charter Fitness, 1770 Harlem Ave.
Police observed damage to the driver’s side door lock and rear passenger window, but were unable to determine the exact point of entry. The bag was valued at $300.
- A 41-year-old Cicero woman reported to North Riverside police on April 22 at about 5:20 p.m. that a large black Michael Kors purse, containing a wallet with almost $300 in cash and IDs, had been taken from her 2001 GMC Yukon, which was parked in the lower-level parking deck at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.
The rear driver’s side window was rolled down about 10 inches. It was unclear whether the window had been left down unintentionally.
- Chicago resident Latoya L. King, 32, faces felony drunken-driving charges as well as aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting arrest, and obstruction and was cited for several traffic offenses after being pulled over by police about 2:30 a.m. on April 23 in Riverside.
An officer pulled King over after reporting her vehicle traveling 53 mph in a 35 mph zone while southbound in the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue. Police reported finding a plastic cup containing cognac inside the vehicle and that King failed field sobriety tests.
At the police station, a breath test indicated that King’s blood-alcohol content was .16, which is twice the legal limit of .08, police said. At that time, she reportedly became violent and allegedly “punched, kicked and spit directly in one of the officers’ face.”
King also reportedly told an officer, “All cops must die.”
King reportedly does not have a valid driver’s license and has a criminal history that includes arrests for invasion of privacy, assault, criminal damage, theft and others.
- Cicero resident Juan Chavez, 40, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence after allegedly passing out behind the wheel of his 2009 Ford F-150 pickup at the intersection of Cermak Road and First Avenue in North Riverside on April 18 about 10:50 p.m.
According to police, Chavez was disoriented and failed field sobriety tests. Police also reported finding multiple open beer cans in the passenger compartment of the truck. Chavez reportedly has two prior convictions for DUI in 2005 and 2009 and was driving on a revoked license.
Report of motorist with gun
North Riverside cited an 18-year-old Maywood man for disorderly conduct after police received a 911 call from someone reporting three subjects drinking beer and displaying a gun inside a blue vehicle southbound in the 2200 block of Harlem Avenue on April 24 about 6:20 p.m.
Police located the vehicle at Northgate Road and Westover Avenue in Riverside. They determined that the driver was actually drinking a bottle of root beer. Police reportedly found two BB guns, including a black BB pistol without an orange tip on the barrel, making it appear to be a real handgun.
The other two subjects, an 18-year-old Chicago resident and a 16-year-old North Riverside resident were not cited.
Vehicle stolen from dealer
North Riverside police responded to Castle Buick, 7400 Cermak Road, on April 19 after the general sales manager phoned to report that a bronze 2015 GMC Sierra Denali was missing from the property. Both sets of keys were still in possession of the dealership and no license plate had been issued for the vehicle.
Man victim of IRS scam
A 30-year-old Brookfield man contacted police on April 22 about 12:50 p.m. after realizing he’d fallen victim to a telephone scam.
Earlier that day, the victim received a phone call from a man with a foreign accent who claimed to be from the IRS and telling him he’d be arrested if he didn’t pay back taxes.
The caller demanded the victim go to the Walgreens on Ogden Avenue in Lyons and purchase two iTunes gifts cards, each in the amount of $500, and the for the victim to give the caller the redemption code on the cards.
The victim did as instructed and was scammed out of $1,000 before realizing his mistake.
A/C units stolen
The owner of a business sin the 9100 block of 31st Street, Brookfield, called police on April 25 at about 5:50 a.m. to report that two central air-conditioning units located on the ground at the rear of the building has been stolen.
The units, valued at between $800 and $1,000 apiece, were last seen attached to the building on the afternoon of April 24.
Totally won’t attract attention
A 51-year-old Brookfield woman and a 41-year-old Berwyn man were cited by Brookfield police for theft after they allegedly took a landscaping rock, an American flag and a red lantern from a home in the 3500 block of Park Avenue, placed them in a shopping cart taken from Tischler’s Finer Foods and rolled the cart towards home.
An officer located the two in the 3600 block of Grand Boulevard and asked them where they got the items. The woman reportedly said that she found the items on the sidewalk and had permission to use the shopping cart.
Police confirmed that the two did not have permission to take the cart and that the items had been located on private property.
Scuffles outside restaurant
Brookfield police responded to two incidents outside Skadarlyia Restaurant, 9237 Ogden Ave., during the early morning hours of April 24.
In the first, at 1:47 a.m., an officer on patrol reportedly observed three male subjects wrestling between two buildings near Ogden and Raymond avenues. One of the subjects reportedly told police that they had just left the restaurant and that they were all friends.
One of the subjects had blood coming from his mouth. When asked if he needed medical attention, the subject reportedly told police, “I’m from Europe. I don’t need medical treatment.”
No one wanted to press charges, and police sent the subjects on their way.
At 2:06 a.m., someone advised police that there was a fight in progress in front of the restaurant. Police arrived to find what they described as a large group separating people from one another.
A 25-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida, man told police that someone had slapped a beer bottle out of his friend’s hand, and when he exited the bar he saw his friend fighting with the subject.
The other subject involved in the disturbance had already left the area and police stood by until the crowd settled down.
A 57-year-old Las Vegas man called Brookfield police on April 21 at 11:05 p.m.asking if police could help him retrieve his pillow, which he left in one of the guest rooms at the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., earlier that day.
The manager of the motel reportedly told the man that he didn’t have the man’s pillow and the manager did not want to bother the occupant of that room at that time. Police ended up getting the man’s cellphone number and promised to call him if the pillow turned up.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 18-24, 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.