Riverside police charged a 23-year-old Orland Park man with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly crashed his 2010 Toyota in to a school bus at the intersection of Forest and West avenues on Dec. 2 at about 2:40 p.m.

No children were on the bus at the time. The only people aboard were the driver and an assistant principal who were on their way to pick up students from a special event in Brookfield.

The driver of the Toyota, which sustained heavy front-end damage, fled the scene westbound on Forest Avenue and then southbound on First Avenue, according to the police report. A Lyons police officer located the vehicle in the parking lot of Walgreens at First and Ogden avenues.

According to police, the driver’s blood-alcohol content was .249, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08. Asked whether he might be under the influence of any other medication, the driver reportedly told police the only medication he was on was “beer.”


Burglary arrest

Brookfield police charged a 17-year-old Brookfield boy with four counts of burglary after he allegedly admitted to being involved in several incidents in the village in the past couple of weeks.

North Riverside police picked up the boy and a 19-year-old Brookfield woman on Nov. 30, saying they were in possession of property stolen in Brookfield. The items included a backpack and laptop computer stolen from a vehicle in Brookfield on Nov. 29 and a wallet taken from another vehicle in Brookfield. In addition, the two possessed a GPS unit reported stolen from a vehicle on Nov. 11, according to police.

The boy was petitioned to juvenile court. The 19-year-old woman was released without being charged.


Vehicle break-ins

A 26-year-old Chicago woman called North Riverside police on Nov. 25 to report that someone punched out a door lock to her 2003 Pontiac, which was parked in the lot at Toys R Us, 7451 Cermak Road, and removed several items from the interior.

The victim said she parked her car at about 10 a.m. and was inside the store for about an hour doing Christmas shopping. When she returned, she noticed that someone had stolen clothing, groceries and laundry detergent.

North Riverside police responded to the parking lot at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Nov. 25 after a 26-year-old Countryside woman called to report that someone damaged the door handle of her 2044 Nissan Pathfinder to gain entry and steal a black Kenneth Cole purse containing an ID and a credit card.

A 31-year-old Cicero man reported to North Riverside police that between 10:30 p.m. and 12:20 a.m. on Nov. 24-25, someone pried open the door handle of his 2012 Chevy Impala, which was parked in the upper deck lot near J.C. Penney at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7500 Cermak Road, and removed his wife’s Calvin Klein coat with fur lining. A set of car and house keys was in a pocket of the coat.

A 19-year-old Berwyn man called police on Nov. 25 to report that someone had pried open a door lock on his 2001 Chevy Trail Blazer, which was parked in the north lot of Sears at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, and removed a pair of boots and sandals.

A 26-year-old Riverside woman contacted police to report that during the overnight hours of Nov. 27-28 someone entered her sister-in-law’s unlocked vehicle, which was parked behind a building in the 2800 block of Harlem Avenue, and removed per purple Coach clutch purse, which contained makeup and a  money order for $210.



A resident of the 2400 block of Hainsworth Avenue, North Riverside, called police on Nov. 26 to report that someone had opened his overhead garage door, damaged the garage light and removed a snow blower and Christmas yard decorations. The loss was estimated at more than $500.

Police responded to the 2200 block of Westover Avenue on Nov. 25 after a resident reported that someone had pried open the side service door of his garage, shattered the overhead light inside the garage and removed numerous specialty power and hand tools valued at more than $4,000.

An additional bag of tools was stolen from a vehicle parked inside the garage.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 25-Dec. 4, 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