Riverside police announced over the weekend that they’d arrested a 22-year-old Brookfield man who, they claimed, “was supplying the majority of the cannabis” to Riverside-Brookfield High School students for the past two years.
Cory T. Dokousian was taken into custody as Riverside police, in conjunction with officers from the west suburban Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) executed a search warrant at his home in the 3600 block of Vernon Avenue at 9 a.m. on July 15.
Police reported recovering 70 grams of cannabis packaged for delivery, drug paraphernalia and materials used for cutting cannabis for sale to customers.
The arrest capped a lengthy investigation into who was selling cannabis to local high school students.
“[Dokousian] was selling to Riverside-Brookfield High School students for over two years,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, who added that students would come to a rear basement window of the home where the drug transactions would take place.
Dokousian was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. The resisting charge was due to Dokousian attempting to dispose of the cannabis in the basement sump pump, according to police.
Weitzel said the drug investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are possible in the future.
Borrowed phone stolen
A 16-year-old Brookfield girl told police she was standing in the 4400 block of Sunnyside Avenue on July 11 at 12:20 p.m. when a man approached and asked if he could use her cellphone. The girl unlocked her iPhone and handed it to the man, who then ran north on Sunnyside and then east toward Prairie Avenue.
The last location for the phone was reportedly at Lake Street and Harlem Avenue on the Oak Park/River Forest border. The offender was described as a Hispanic male, with a thick mustache, wearing a dark tan shirt, dirty work boots and blue jeans. He was about 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds. The phone’s value was estimated as $300.
‘Flammable liquid’ heist
Brookfield police responded to Hammer Express, 9100 Plainfield Road, on July 14 about 9:05 a.m. after an employee called to report that a truck container had been stolen from the lot.
The trailer, which was destined for Red Wing Shoes in the Netherlands, contained footwear and 14 boxes containing bottles of leather protector (made with flammable isopropyl alcohol). The theft occurred between 4:30 and 8:30 a.m.
Four other cargo containers in the lot appeared to have been tampered with, but nothing else was reported missing, police said.
- A resident of the 3800 block of McCormick Avenue, Brookfield, called police at about 11:05 p.m. on July 11 to report an unfamiliar bicycle on his front lawn. When he went outside to check on the bike, he learned that his own bicycle, a blue James Citizen mountain bike with thin tires, a black pouch attached to the seat, a tire pump and a bike lock, had been stolen.
The bicycle left in its place was described as a green Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike. Police took the abandoned bike back to the station to store it.
Meanwhile, a resident of the first block of East Burlington Street in Riverside, contacted police on July 12 to report that during the overnight hours of July 11-12, someone had stolen a blue/green Specialized Hard Rock bicycle from the property.
As of Tuesday morning it was unclear whether the incidents were related.
- A resident of the 4000 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that sometime between July 6 and July 11 someone stole a bicycle out of his garage.
The bicycle was described as a black Diamondback 21-speed with white lettering and a bracket on the back designed to hold a baby seat. The bike was valued at $400. There were no signs of forced entry to the garage. No other items of value were reported missing.
- A 20-year-old North Riverside man contacted Brookfield police on July 13 to report that his blue Mongoose BMX-style bike, which he had locked to a post near the north platform of the Prairie Avenue train depot, had been stolen.
The victim said he locked the bike at about 11 a.m. on July 12 and that it was missing when he returned that night at about 11:30 p.m.
Front windows broken
Brookfield police on July 17 responded to a pair of incidents where front picture windows of homes were damaged by someone throwing rocks at them.
Police responded to the 3800 block of Madison Avenue at about 7:05 a.m. after a resident called to complain that the 8-by-5-foot picture window on the north side of the home had been broken.
The victim stated that at about 11:15 the previous night she heard a loud “bang” but she didn’t notice the damage until the morning. Police found a piece of flagstone under the window. The rock didn’t go through the window, but cracked it extensively.
At 10:30 p.m. on July 17, police responded to a home in the 3800 block of Arthur Avenue to investigate a report of someone throwing an object at the front window of a home.
Officers observed a large hole in the center of two window panes and discovered two pieces of rock in the kitchen of the home.
Police were called to the 3900 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, on July 16 at about 11:20 p.m. to investigate an open garage with the lights on inside. A witness told police that an unknown subject was seen in the alley walking away from the garage.
Officers contacted the owner of the garage, who stated that a lawnmower and a snow blower were missing. Police patrolled the area near the garage and located a lawn mower and a snow blower hidden in some bushes on the west side of the alley and turned them over to their owner.
About an hour earlier, police had been called to the same block after someone reported a suspicious brown suitcase containing an air compressor next to a home. The resident of the house confirmed that the air compressor, which had been stored in a shed on the property, was his but that the suitcase was not.
Police reported that someone appeared to have tampered with the shed’s door.
‘What did the tree do?’
An employee of the firm the village hired to repair a sewer outfall in the vicinity of 30th Street and Forest Avenue in Brookfield called police to report that some equipment had been vandalized overnight on July 14-15.
According to police, someone had spray painted the phrases “save the trees” and “what did the trees do?” on a backhoe left in the woods between Forest Avenue and Salt Creek.
The employee told police that while he is clearing shrubs, no trees were being removed.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 11-17, 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.