Brookfield police arrested two teenage boys last week, saying they were responsible for setting two cars ablaze in recent weeks.

Firefighters responded to the 3500 block of Park Avenue about 9:55 p.m. on Aug. 11 after a resident called to report that a 2006 Mitsubishi Galant, parked in the rear of the property, was on fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the car was fully engulfed in flames.

At the time, officials were not sure the incident was suspicious. That became clearer on Aug. 21, when two fires were reported within 15 minutes of one another. At 11:20 p.m., police were called to a home in the 3300 block of Arthur Avenue after a resident called to complain that someone had set part of the front garden ablaze. According to police, an unspecified accelerant was used to start the fire. 

Then at 11:35 p.m., police and firefighters responded to the 3400 block of Park Avenue to extinguish another car fire. That car was also parked in the rear of the property, next to the garage.

Witnesses told police they heard male voices coming from the alley prior to the fire and observed what looked like fireworks underneath the car prior to the fire.

On Thursday, Aug. 25 at 9:30 p.m., a police officer conducting surveillance in the 3300 block of Arthur Avenue stopped two teenage boys after they allegedly attempted to steal a lawn ornament from the property where the garden fire had been set a few days earlier.

According to police, the two boys later admitted using an accelerant to start the car fires and the garden fire. In the two incidents involving the cars, fire also seriously damaged garages next to the vehicles.

The teenagers were charged with two counts of arson, criminal damage to property and theft. The cases will be handled in Cook County Juvenile Court.

Brookfield business burglarized

Brookfield police responded to Pizzazz Hair and Nails, 8938 Ogden Ave., on the morning of Aug. 25 after an employee from a neighboring business observed that the glass front door of the hair salon was shattered.

When police arrived, they reported seeing a rock, which appeared to have caused the damage, on the floor inside the business. The cash register appeared to have been tampered with and no cash was found inside.

The break-in reportedly took place sometime after 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Vehicle break-in

Riverside police responded to the first block of Longcommon Road on Aug. 24 just prior to noon after a business owner called to report that one of his work vans had been burglarized overnight.

A Bosch chipping hammer, Milwaukee Sawzall, and a Milwaukee angle drill were taken from the van, which was left unlocked, according to the police report. 


A resident of the 3500 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 27 to report that someone had stolen a red 14-foot Mad River, two-person canoe from his backyard during the past day or so.

The victim stated that the canoe was visible from across the river and that the person who took the boat probably placed it in the water to leave the area. The canoe was valued at about $1,000.

A resident of the 300 block of Bartram Road, Riverside, contacted police on Aug. 28 to report that a Palomar gun-metal gray and yellow bicycle was taken from his home’s backyard sometime after noon on Aug. 27.

The bike, valued at $406, had been left unsecured in the gangway or unlocked garage, police reported.

Brookfield police responded to the 4600 block of Prairie Avenue on the evening of Aug. 28 after a resident called to report two children’s bicycles were taken from the backyard. The bikes were last seen around noon on Aug. 26.

Wrong side driver

Riverside police charged a 50-year-old Palos Hills man with driving under the influence of alcohol after an officer reported seeing him driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Desplaines Avenue from Northgate Road on Aug. 28 about 12:50 a.m.

The officer noted that the northbound and southbound lanes are separate by a wide, grassy median and that the car had traveled some distance before the driver realized he was on the wrong side of the road, backed up, and then cut over to the right side.

The driver appeared intoxicated, according to police, and failed field sobriety tests. He refused a breath test.

In addition to DUI, the driver was cited for improper lane usage.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 22-28, 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.

—Compiled by Bob Uphues