A 19-year-old Brookfield man was warned about illegally firing an air rifle within village limits after a stray BB ricocheted off a table outside Bill’s Place, 1146 N. Maple Ave. in LaGrange Park, and struck a 43-year-old Texas man in the leg on Aug. 6 at 3:25 p.m.

The man wasn’t injured, but he pointed out that the BB came from a property across the street in the 3000 block of Maple Avenue in Brookfield. A subject at the property told police he’d been shooting targets in his backyard but stopped when he realized BBs were ricocheting across the street.

Police informed the man it was illegal to shoot an air rifle anywhere in the village and warned him that any further incidents would result in a citation.

  • In other BB gun-related incidents in Brookfield last week, a resident of the 9500 block of Monroe Avenue reported on Aug. 2 that the driver’s side door of his 2013 Honda, which was parked in the driveway, sustained five BB holes during the overnight hours.

That same night, according to police, a projectile shattered the glass rear door of a residence in the 3500 block of Prairie Avenue.

A resident of the 3400 block of Vernon Avenue also reported that his home’s glass front door was shattered by an unknown projectile about 5:15 a.m. on Aug. 7.

Car break-ins

  • Someone rifled through at least six vehicles parked in driveways and on the street along the 4500 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, during the overnight hours of Aug. 6 and 7, according to police.

In each instance, the vehicles were unlocked and the offender rifled through the glove boxes and center consoles looking for loose change and cash, which was reported missing from several of the vehicles involved.

  • A resident of the 3100 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on the morning of Aug. 1 after reviewing surveillance camera footage taken about an hour earlier, which showed someone dumping items into a trash can outside a neighbor’s garage.

When the resident went to check on the items, he determined they had come from his wife’s vehicle, which was parked nearby. The resident told police his wife’s vehicle had been unlocked and that nothing of value appeared to have been taken from the car.

He also told police that no entry had been made to his vehicle, which was also parked outside, because it was locked.

  • A 38-year-old Brookfield man reported that someone apparently tried to steal his car, which he parked overnight in the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard on Aug. 5. First, the victim noticed his car was damaged. The car had scratches all over it, the driver’s side mirror was broken off, and the front passenger window trim had been broken.

The vehicle’s steering column also had been stripped and $2 in loose change was missing from the center console.

Garage burglaries

  • A resident of the 4600 block of DuBois Boulevard, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 1 to report that someone had taken a 41-inch Philips LED TV and a large black microwave oven from a garage.

The victim told police the items were being stored in the garage temporarily and that the burglary took place sometime after July 27. Police noted the garage was unlocked during that time.

  • Brookfield police responded to the 3200 block of Elm Avenue on Aug. 3 after a resident called to report a bicycle stolen from her garage. The victim told police that at 5:30 p.m. she noticed the overhead door to the garage open. When she looked inside, her yellow and black Trek bicycle, valued at $400, was missing.

Two other bicycles were not taken and no other items appeared to be missing from the garage. Police did not report any signs of forced entry to the garage.

Graffiti spree

A number of garages and a fence were all tagged with what appeared to be gang-related graffiti during the overnight hours of Aug. 1-2, Brookfield police have reported.

In all, someone had sprayed purple or pink paint on seven overhead garage doors of residences in the 4200 blocks of Park, Forest and Prairie avenues. A fence belonging to a property in the 9000 block of Shields Avenue was tagged with similar purple graffiti.

On Aug. 3 the owner of a home in the 4200 block of Sunnyside Avenue reported that someone had tagged a wall of her garage with blue spray paint.

Bikes stolen

  • Riverside police responded to a residence in the 100 block of East Quincy Street on Aug. 4 after a resident reported that an orange Townie mountain bike, which had been locked up in the basement of the building, was missing.

The bike was stolen sometime after 7 p.m. on Aug. 2, according to the police report.

  • A 19-year-old Brookfield called police to report that his bike was stolen from outside a home in the 3200 block of Madison Avenue at about 5:25 p.m.

The victim said he leaned his black Ray-Ban 26-inch bike, unlocked, against a fence. When he returned a few minutes later, the bike was missing and replaced by a white Mongoose bike.

  • Two Brookfield residents contacted police on the morning of Aug. 4 to report that a bicycle had been stolen from a backyard in the 3100 block of Oak Avenue.

Two bikes had been left unlocked in the yard as the two attempted to secure a bike rack to a vehicle. After mounting the bike rack to the car, the two decided to drive around the block a few times to make sure it was secured properly.

When they returned, they parked the car in front and worked on the bike rack some more. A short time later, they noticed that one of the bikes, a black and silver men’s North Rock valued at $400, was missing from the backyard.

Gunpowder discovery

Brookfield police removed an old, partially filled16-ounce tin of DuPont Superfine Gunpowder from a home in the 3700 block of Madison Avenue on Aug. 3 after a resident called wonder what to do with the item, which was found while cleaning the basement.

Police took the tin to the police department where it was kept on the shooting range pending collection by the Cook County Bomb Squad.


  • A 24-year-old Chicago man faces DUI and felony drug charges after he reportedly crashed his vehicle into a another car while northbound on First Avenue at Forest Avenue in Riverside on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

According to police, Lucas Szekely told them he had injected heroin just prior to the crash. Officers noted that Szekely, who had a head injury due to the impact of the crash, appeared disoriented and sleepy. He was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of his injured.

The driver and a passenger from the other vehicle involved in the crash were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Police reported recovering hypodermic needles, a bottle of prescription medication, and a small plastic bag containing a substance that tested positive for heroin from Szekely’s pockets. Other needles and paraphernalia were recovered inside the vehicle, police said.

  • North Riverside police charged a 23-year-old Summit man with driving under the influence of alcohol after an officer reported the man driving a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer at 72 mph while eastbound on 26th Street from Desplaines Avenue on Aug. 5 about 2:55 a.m.

After the officer stopped the vehicle, he reported that the driver appeared to be intoxicated and the driver told him he’d just come from a bar on Desplaines Avenue and had been at a bar in Forest Park prior to that.

The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests but refused a breath test. In addition to DUI, police cited him for speeding, reckless driving and other traffic offenses.

Stolen item found under bush

A resident of North Cowley Road in Riverside phoned police on Aug. 3 at about 9:30 a.m. after someone found what appeared to be a brand new scoreboard, in a plastic box, under a bush in front of a house.

Police reported that the scoreboard had been stolen from a vehicle on that same block sometime between July 25 and 26.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 1-7, 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.