Police in both Riverside and Brookfield reported last week that the spate of vehicle and garage break-ins that the communities have experienced in recent weeks continues. Again, offenders targeted unlocked vehicles parked on the street or in driveways.

A resident of the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, reported that during the overnight hours of Nov. 13-14, someone entered his unlocked vehicle and removed a backpack containing work gear, a hard hat, work gloves and a rule book.

On Nov. 14, a Riverside resident reported that someone had entered her vehicle, which was parked along Park Place. The victim said she walked past the car and noticed the visor down. She reported that a breath alcohol ignition interlock device had been taken apart and that the contents of the vehicle were moved around.

Police reported no signs of forced entry, although the victim said she believed that the doors were locked. Nothing of value was reported missing from the vehicle.

Brookfield police responded to the 3400 block of Arden Avenue on the morning of Nov. 15 after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole an unknown amount of loose change and a pair of sunglasses from the center console.

A Brookfield resident went to police last week to report that someone had broken into his vehicle during the overnight hours of Nov. 14-15. The victim said he’d parked his car on the street in front of his house, leaving the driver’s side door partially open.

The next morning he observed items strewn about the inside of his vehicle. Missing from the car was the victim’s black leather wallet, which contained identification and a debit card. Police did not provide a location in the village for the break-in.

A resident of the 3900 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported that his car, which had been parked on the street, was burglarized during the overnight hours of Nov. 14-15.

The victim told police he likely left his car unlocked. Missing from the car were a pair of sunglasses, a pocket knife and an older iPod Mini.

Garage burglaries

Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Vernon Avenue on Nov. 15 after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours someone had burglarized his detached garage.

Entry was made through an unlocked service door. Missing from the garage were three items, including a Simpson power washer, a Powermate generator and a remote garage door opener. The remote was later found on the ground next to a garbage can in the alley.

A resident of the 3000 block of Vernon Avenue called police to report that her garage was burglarized, probably sometime after 8 p.m. on Nov. 15. The victim’s husband said he noticed the overhead garage door open on Nov. 16. The garage’s service door had been unlocked.

A snow blower was reported missing from the garage and about $12 in loose change was taken from the center console of an unlocked vehicle parked in the garage.

Riverside police responded to the 300 block of Northwood Road after a resident called to complain that someone had stolen a black and gray men’s Fuji mountain bike, valued at $500, from her unlocked garage someone between 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Man found dead on Grand Blvd.

Brookfield police responded to the 3500 block of Grand Boulevard on the night of Nov. 19 after a 42-year-old Brookfield man was found lying unresponsive at the foot of the front stairs to a residence.

About 8 p.m., police located William Lukas, a Brookfield resident who did not live at the residence. Paramedics transported Lukas to Loyola University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:31 p.m.

Police closed Grand Boulevard during their investigation, which including canvassing the area, and Cook County Sheriff’s evidence technicians were also called to the scene. 

The Cook County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of the man’s death, but stated that the cause and manner of death won’t be determined until the office receives results of additional tests.

But police don’t believe that Lukas was a victim of foul play.

“At this time we do not have any indication foul play is involved,” said Police Chief James Episcopo.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 14-20, 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

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