Brookfield police charged a 32-year-old LaGrange Park woman with three counts of endangering the life of a minor after her 14-year-old son lost control of the car she reportedly allowed him to drive and crashed it into a house in the 3700 block of Cleveland Avenue on July 4 at 5:20 p.m.
No one in the vehicle or in the home was injured, according to police, but a portion of the 2014 Ford Fusion was lodged inside the basement of the residence due to the impact of the crash.
The woman was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle. In the backseat were a 12-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy. The owner of the home said he heard a loud crash at the front of his house. When he went to check what happened, he reported finding that a car had crashed into a basement window.
Police contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to follow up. The boy at the wheel of the vehicle was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper turn and driving without a license.
Online scams succeed
- A 33-year-old Brookfield man told police on July 8 that he was out about $10,000 after falling for a scam about a phony job opportunity. The victim said that in May he received a text message for someone offering an administrative job opportunity.
The victim responded and went through an “interview” online using an instant messaging app, but never saw the person he was talking to. The interviewer told the victim he was hired and related that the victim would be receiving numerous checks that he would have to deposit into his bank account.
The victim subsequently received checks totaling $12,000 and deposited them, sending back $10,000 (which the victim described as “overages for vendors” as instructed via Western Union.
Shortly thereafter, the victim’s bank contacted him and told him the checks he deposited were returned for non-payment.
- A 23-year-old Brookfield woman reported on July 8 that she had been scammed out of more than $3,700 after she responded to an online ad for a personal assistant position. After being “hired” the victim was sent a check for $2,780 and instructed to wire back all but $500, which she did, according to police.
Later, the woman’s “employer” asked her to wire back the remaining $500 along with an additional $1,000, which he said he’d pay back. The woman did as instructed and later learned that the original check sent to her was fraudulent.
Burglary suspect extradited
An Oxford, Wisconsin, man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and electronic equipment from the home of a relative in Riverside in 2015 has been extradited to Illinois and has been charged with felony theft.
Shawn A. Ramirez, 23, is being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $50,000. On June 1, Ramirez was sentenced to five years in prison, a sentence that was stayed, after pleading no contest to one count of burglary in connection with a case in Adams County, Wisconsin.
Ramirez fled to Wisconsin in January 2015 after allegedly stealing the items in Riverside and selling items at a pawn shop in Oak Park. While Riverside police were investigating that case, Ramirez was arrested in Adams County, Wisconsin for a case in which he burglarized a residence and allegedly set fire to a garage.
In a deal with Wisconsin prosecutors, Ramirez pleaded no contest in November 2015 and was sentenced in June. Riverside detectives traveled to Friendship, Wisconsin, on July 6 to execute a search warrant and file extradition paperwork.
- A resident of the 9100 block of Bartlett Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on July 4 to report that his home had been burglarized while he was away between 4:15 and 7:20 p.m.
According to the victim, the front door to his home, which he wasn’t sure he had locked, was slightly ajar when he arrived home. Two envelopes, one containing $180 and another containing quarters, were missing from a desk drawer in the first-floor living room. In a bedroom, a nightstand drawer was found on the floor.
- Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 2900 block of Sunnyside Avenue on July 5 at 1:35 p.m. after someone called to report a garage burglary in progress. The caller stated a white male with a scruffy beard/facial hair and wearing a red ball cap, black T-shirt and tan shorts was trying to open a side service door to the garage.
The caller said when he confronted the man, the subject started walking quickly away southbound on Sunnyside Avenue. No entry was made to the garage.
- Brookfield police responded to the 3800 block of Sunnyside Avenue on July 6 after a 35-year-old River Grove woman called to report that her mother’s home had been burglarized.
The incident happened sometime after the night of July 4, according to the police report. There were no signs of forced entry to the home, but several items were missing, including a Dyson vacuum cleaner, a desktop computer, a laser printer, an air-conditioning window unit and a plasma TV. There was also significant damage to the wall where the TV had been mounted, police said.
- Riverside police were dispatched to the 400 block of Loudon Road on July 2 at about 8:55 a.m. by someone reporting a vehicle break-in. The caller stated that at about 7:15 a.m., a Hispanic male between the ages of 18 and 21, with a thin build, wearing pajama pants bearing a sports team logo and carrying a plastic Tony’s grocery bag entered a nearby vehicle and rummaged through it.
The offender then walked to a tan Mazda and left the area northbound on Nuttall Road. The victim told police that the vehicle had been left unlocked and that nothing appeared to be missing.
- A case that began as a simple curfew violation investigation has morphed into a larger vehicle burglary investigation involving eight to 10 juveniles, according to Brookfield police.
Officers responded to the 3100 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, on July 9 at about 2:10 a.m. to investigate vehicle burglaries. Police reported that the two vehicles on that block were ransacked and items were reported missing. There was also a vehicle burglarized in the 9100 block of Grant Avenue, and items were missing from that vehicle as well.
According to police, a credit card taken from the vehicle on Grant Avenue was used at a local gas station in the early morning hours of July 9.
About a half hour later, police detained two 14-year-old girls in the 3600 block of Harrison. Later, police detained two more 14-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy, all of whom reportedly confessed to breaking into cars that evening and taking items from them.
All five were given local ordinance citations for curfew violations, but detectives continued to investigate. As of the morning of July 13, one male juvenile had been charged with burglary and charges against other suspects could follow. Police said they now believe a group of eight to 10 juveniles had engaged in “car hopping” all over the village.
Riverside police charged a 42-year-old Chicago man with criminal damage to property on the afternoon of July 3 after he reportedly trashed the apartment of a 43-year-old Riverside woman and threw belongings out into the yard, covering them with dirt.
The victim had left the residence at about midnight and returned home around 3:50 p.m. Beginning at 3:30 a.m., according to the police report, the offender sent text messages stating her doors were locked and that eviction had begun.
When she returned home, the victim found clothing and other items in the front yard covered in dirt. Inside the apartment, located in the 200 block of East Burlington Street, police reported finding broken furniture and shattered glass. Various articles of clothing and furniture were strewn across the residence.
The Cook County State’s Attorney would not approve felony charges, so police charged with misdemeanor criminal damage.
Just drinkin’ beer
An employee at CVS, 9139 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, called police at about 9:55 p.m. on July 8 to report that a man carrying a backpack had gone into the bathroom at the store and was still in there a hour later.
Police responded and spoke with the subject, a 27-year-old LaGrange Park man, who told them that he was just staying inside the restroom, drinking beer. A search of the man’s backpack revealed a 16-ounce can of beer and an unopened liter of vodka, which had been legally purchased.
Store management informed police they did not want the subject back in the store and police gave him a trespass warning.
Kids and their BB guns
Brookfield police were dispatched to the area of Washington and Park avenues on July 10 at about 8:30 p.m. after someone called 911 to report two male subjects – one of them with a handgun handle sticking out of his waistband, walking westbound on Washington Avenue.
Police located the subjects, both 14-year-old boys, in the 9100 block of Broadway Avenue. One of the boys was carrying a BB gun that resembled a Desert Eagle handgun. The boys were told to contact their parents and their mothers responded to the scene to pick them up. Police disposed of the gun at the request of the mother of one of the boys.
- Riverside police responded to the 400 block of Uvedale Road on July 1 after a resident called to report that someone had tampered with a package that had been delivered to her residence on June 30.
The woman stated that the package contained two jars of Wurchstel mustard. One of the jars was missing from the package and one had been opened.
- A resident of the first block of Woodside Road, Riverside, contacted police on July 9 at about 11:20 a.m. to report that his black Schwinn Cutter bicycle had been stolen from the rear of his residence. The bike was not locked up, according to the report.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 1-10, 2016 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.
This story has been updated to include more information about a Brookfield police investigation into what appears to be a group of eight to 10 juveniles involved in a string of vehicle burglaries.