Brookfield Zoo police arrested two men and interrupted an online scam operation after setting up a sting to buy fraudulent zoo admission tickets at the Hollywood Avenue Metra station last week.

Cameron Shelton, 28, of Country Club Hills, was charged with one count of theft by deception. A 28-year-old Chicago man who drove Shelton to Brookfield was charged with driving on a suspended license.

Zoo police began their investigation after learning that a block of admission tickets to the zoo had been purchased online recently with a stolen credit card. The tickets were being sold online by an unknown subject, and when buyers presented the tickets for admission the tickets were identified as invalid.

A zoo police officer was able to arrange a meeting with the unknown subject at the Metra station to purchase tickets. At about 11:20 a.m. on Sept. 7 a car drove up to the station and Shelton exited the vehicle.

According to police, the zoo police officer was able to buy several invalid admission tickets from Shelton, who was arrested without incident. The driver of the car was also arrested at that time. In addition, the driver was cited for operation of an uninsured vehicle and illegal transportation of open alcohol.

Burlington businesses
burglary targets

Riverside police continue to investigate a pair of incidents, a burglary and an attempted burglary, at businesses on East Burlington Street in the downtown business district on the Labor Day weekend.

Officers responded to Aunt Diana’s Old Fashioned Fudge, 29 E. Burlington St., at about 7 a.m. on Sept. 4 after someone contacted police to report a glass door shattered at the business. According to police, the glass was shattered by a large rock, which was found at the scene. A safe containing cash and keys was missing from the store.

On the morning of Sept. 6, police responded to Salon D’Amore, 52 E. Burlington St., after learning that someone attempted to gain entry to that business sometime after 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. A large rock, found at the scene, apparently was used to attempt to break out the front glass door. However, no entry was made to the business, police said.

Brookfield car break-ins

Brookfield police reported several incidents last week in which cars had been broken into. In some instances, the vehicles were ransacked and items taken. In others, the break-ins were apparently committed with the intent of stealing the vehicles.

On the morning of Sept. 7, police responded to the 4100 block of Grove Avenue after a resident called to report that his silver 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, which had been parked on the street, was stolen sometime between 1 and 7 a.m.

The vehicle’s doors were locked, but the owner reportedly left the window slightly open, according to police. Items from the vehicle’s interior were found scattered on the ground in the area where it had been parked.

On the morning of Sept. 8 police responded to the 4100 block of Vernon Avenue to investigate a car break-in. The vehicle had been seen intact last on the night of Sept. 6, according to police.

The glove box was ransacked and the vehicle’s ignition switch was damaged as if someone had tried to steal the vehicle.

Also on Sept. 8, police responded to the 9000 block of Southview Avenue where a vehicle had sustained similar damage to its steering column. The glove box of the vehicle was open and items were scattered throughout the interior. A lock on one of the doors appeared to have been damaged.

On the morning of Sept. 10, police reported four more car break-ins that occurred during the overnight hours. The incidents, which involved unlocked vehicles, were in the 8900 block of Grant Avenue, the 3900 block of Vernon Avenue, the 4000 block of Park Avenue and the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue.

The victims on Grant and Prairie avenues said the inside of their vehicles smelled like cigarette smoke. Items taken from the vehicles included loose change, checkbooks, keys, IDs and store rewards cards. 

Stolen snow blower turns up

A resident of the 7800 block of 26th Street, North Riverside, whose snow blower was stolen from his garage in August called police on Sept. 10 after he reported seeing what appeared to be his snow blower for sale at a pawn shop in North Riverside.

The store placed a hold on the item and police continue to investigate the matter.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 3-11, 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