Forest Park police charged a 64-year-old Riverside man with misdemeanor public indecency and trespassing on July 25 after staff members at the Forest Park Aquatics Center, 7501 Harrison St., complained that he was exposing himself in the men’s locker room and appeared to be “aroused.”
The subject had left the pool by the time police arrived. They later arrested him at his Riverside home, where the subject denied wrongdoing. He posted bond and awaits an Aug. 9 court date.
According to the police report, staff at the pool reportedly had banned him from the property last year although they did not call police at the time. Last summer, an employee said he observed the offender with a GoPro camera.
The employee didn’t actually see the subject recording anyone with the camera, but the subject had the camera sitting on the changing bench and quickly put it away upon seeing the employee, according to the police report filed July 25.
The offender apparently showed up a few days before the July 25 incident but left the scene as an employee approached him. The employee at that time made a written report that the subject had returned to the pool despite the ban in 2015.
On July 25, an employee reported seeing the subject take off his swim trunks and walk back and forth to the showers numerous times in the presence of children and that the subject appeared to be “sexually aroused.”
The subject reportedly told police he has a bladder condition that explains his frequent trips to the locker room and that he was allergic to chlorine, which forces him to wash off often because of the pain it causes.
Police said the subject had no previous arrest record.
- A resident of the 2200 block of Keystone Avenue, North Riverside, contacted police on July 26 to report that she returned home from vacation to find that her garage had been burglarized.
Missing from the garage was an E-Zip 750 electric scooter valued at $750. The padlock typically used to secure the garage’s service door was located underneath the driver’s side rear tire of a vehicle parked inside.
- A resident of the 2500 block of Park Avenue, North Riverside, contacted police on July 29 after being told at about 10:30 a.m. by a neighbor that her garage door was open. The resident took a look inside the garage and observed that her Toro lawnmower was missing.
The side service door to the garage likely was unlocked, according to the police report.
- North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 9000 block of 22nd Place on Aug. 1 after a resident called to report a garage burglary. Sometime between about noon and 3 p.m., two children’s bicycles and two adult bicycles were taken from the garage.
Police noted that a window screen on the garage was slashed, but the victim said it was also possible the service door was left unsecured. The total value of the bikes stolen was estimated at about $610.
North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of 17th Avenue on July 27 after a 20-year-old woman called to report that her silver 2010 Nissan Altima had been stolen. The vehicle was stolen sometime after 6:30 p.m. on July 26.
Also inside the car were clothes and a wallet containing the victim’s driver’s license and Social Security card. The victim said she may have accidentally dropped the keys outside the car after leaving it the day before.
At about 12:10 p.m. on July 27, Schiller Park police issued a bulletin that the vehicle had been involved in a residential burglary. Schiller Park police interviewed the woman about the incident in their village and returned her to North Riverside afterward.
- A 55-year-old Brookfield man contacted police to report that someone had stolen his bicycle from the rack outside the Prairie Avenue train platform in the 8800 block of Brookfield Avenue.
According to the report, the victim locked the bike to the rack at 7 p.m. on July 28. When he went to retrieve the bike at 9 a.m. on July 30, his silver Schwinn mountain bike was no longer there. The bike was valued at $225.
- A 10-year-old North Riverside boy reported to North Riverside police on July 31 that his chrome and orange BMX-style bicycle, which was parked alongside the back deck of a house in the 2200 block of 9th Avenue had been stolen.
At about 10:30 a.m., the boy said, he noticed an unknown Hispanic male in his early 20s and wearing a bright green baseball cap and a matching green athletic shirt walking away from his backyard. At about 12:30 p.m., the boy noticed his bike was gone.
A witness told police that a person matching the description given by the victim was seen riding what appeared to be the bike southbound on 9th Avenue.
Plants taken from business
The owner of Kago Landscaping, 9000 W. 31st St. in Brookfield, called police on the morning of July 25 to report that, during the overnight hours, someone stole 16 coral bell perennial plants from the lot.
The victim told police that plants being taken from the business is an ongoing problem. The plants were valued at $8 each.
BBs damage windows
Brookfield police responded to the one-story storefront building at 8520 Brookfield Ave. on July 25 after receiving a complaint that someone had shot a BB gun at a window on the south side of the structure.
Police observed two holes in the window and agreed they were likely from a BB gun. The incident occurred within the prior week.
- Riverside police charged a 32-year-old Berwyn man with driving under the influence of alcohol after an officer on patrol reported him driving a 2016 Dodge Ram truck 66 mph in a 30 mph zone while eastbound on Ogden Avenue approaching Harlem Avenue on July 30 at about 2:45 a.m.
The driver reportedly told the officer he was driving so fat “to impress his girl,” although there was no one else in the vehicle. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests, including a portable breath test, although he refused to submit to a breath test at the police station.
According to police it was the man’s second DUI arrest.
- A 23-year-old Chicago man faces an automatic 3-year suspension of his driver’s license after he was charged with his second drunken-driving offense within a year, Riverside police reported.
An officer pulled the man over on July 30 at about 12:20 a.m. after reporting a 1999 Honda being driven erratically and speeding while southbound on Harlem Avenue at Lindberg Road.
The driver reportedly appeared confused and intoxicated. He reportedly failed sobriety tests. In addition to DUI, he was also cited for several traffic offenses.
Brookfield police were notified July 27 of an attempted scam involving concert tickets that had been advertised for sale on the Craigslist website.
A 20-year-old Brookfield man had listed the tickets for sale for $400. He received a message of interest from a male in Florida, who sent the Brookfield man a cashier’s check for $1,980. The buyer reportedly advised that extra money was for “fees and processing.”
Believing the check to be fraudulent, the intended victim contacted a bank, which advised the check was, indeed, phony. The Brookfield man didn’t send the tickets to Florida and check was turned over to police.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield and Forest Park police departments, July 25-31, 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.