A 29-year-old man who told police he got bored waiting for a relative to be treated at a Riverside pain management clinic is now in jail, charged with stealing a package from the front porch of an East Burlington Street home and also with a felony drug offense.
Danny Ortiz, 29, of Des Plaines, is being held on $50,000 bond at Cook County Jail awaiting a Dec. 30 hearing at the Maybrook courthouse.
According to police, Ortiz rented a car at a Des Plaines rental agency specifically to commit crimes while going about his day on Dec. 8. One of his stops was at the Riverside pain clinic at 28 E. Burlington St., where he dropped off a relative for an appointment, said police.
While waiting for his relative, Ortiz was seen taking a package from a front porch and then disappearing from view along the BNSF Railroad tracks at about 12:40 p.m.
As police searched for the offender, they reportedly received a call about a man matching the description of the suspect getting into a vehicle parked on East Burlington Street in downtown Riverside.
Police apprehended Ortiz and another man as they entered the vehicle and reported finding several open UPS and other mail-order packages inside. Several of the boxes and property found inside were not tied to crimes in Riverside, and police said they are working with other area departments to see if Ortiz stole items in other towns that day.
The value of the items found in the vehicle, which included winter jackets, clothing, cosmetics and household products, totaled about $1,140, according to police.
Ortiz reportedly admitted to police that he rented the car to make it more difficult for anyone to tie him to the theft. He reportedly used a fake name to rent the vehicle.
In addition to the opened packages inside the vehicle, police reported recovering cannabis that was packaged for delivery. Ortiz reportedly told police that the cannabis belonged to a relative who had a medical cannabis card, but police said the cannabis appeared to be packaged for sale.
In addition to felony theft, Ortiz was charged with felony manufacture/delivery of cannabis as well as misdemeanor theft and unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
The other man detained by police was not charged.
Police said Ortiz has an extensive criminal record including a 2008 arrest in Franklin Park for attempted murder. That charge was reduced to aggravated battery with a firearm, a conviction for which he spent four years in prison.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel called the package theft “absolutely a crime of opportunity” and encouraged residents to have packages delivered to a rear door or workplace or to require someone to sign for the package at the time of delivery.
- A resident of the 4100 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that her garage was burglarized during the overnight hours of Dec. 7-8. The victim stated that in the morning she noticed the overhead garage door open and several items missing from inside the structure.
Reported missing were a leaf blower, a compound bow, a compressor, a weed whacker and miscellaneous tools. The total loss was estimated at between $500 and $750.
- Police responded to the 8800 block of 44th Place, Brookfield, after a resident called to report that sometime between 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 7 someone attempted to force open the side service door to his detached garage.
An officer confirmed efforts to break into the garage by means of an unknown tool. However, no entry was gained and nothing was reported missing.
Pedestrian struck crossing Harlem
Riverside police reported that a 29-year-old female pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle as she attempted to cross Harlem Avenue at Longcommon Road during a snowstorm on Dec. 10 was not seriously injured.
According to the police report, the driver of the southbound vehicle and two other witnesses, the woman stepped from between two cars in slow-moving traffic on northbound Harlem Avenue and ran into the southbound traffic lanes in front of a black Chevy pickup truck driven by a 49-year-old Oak Park man.
After being thrown several feet through the air and landing on the pavement, the woman, a Cicero resident, got up and ran into the Marathon gas station where she told an employee she needed to use the bathroom.
Police reported that the woman was bleeding from the forehead when they arrived and could not tell them where she was going or what street she had crossed. Inside the bathroom, police reported finding blood on several items inside a garbage can, including a small plastic bag containing white powder residue.
No citations were issued.
Pinned by car
A Brookfield woman was not seriously injured after getting pinned to a garage by a vehicle she’d just exited in the 3600 block of Hollywood Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. on Dec. 8.
According to the police report, the woman exited the car thinking it was in park, but the vehicle, which was driven by another person, began to roll forward, striking her and pining her against the garage.
The driver was able to brake and put the car in park and then freed the woman, who was lying next to the garage when emergency personnel arrived. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Brookfield police responded to a home on Woodside Road on Dec. 10 at about 6 p.m. after a resident called to advise she was “overdosing” on “pot brownies.” When police arrived, the woman said was fine. She reported she’d been drinking wine and fell asleep while watching crime stories in TV.
She told police she was waking up from a dream and was half asleep when she called. Police reported no signs of intoxication or medical emergency.
Better get that fixed
A 35-year-old Aurora man called 911 on Dec. 10 at about 12:20 p.m. to report that a residence in the 4200 block of Custer Avenue was filling up with smoke and that he needed the assistance of firefighters.
Firefighters learned that the home’s furnace was faulty, which caused the smoke. No fire was detected. The caller said he was in the process sf buying the home and was doing a final walk-through before closing the following week.
That’ll show ’em
Brookfield police cited a 38-year-old Brookfield man for disorderly conduct in connection with a neighbor dispute apparently over parking in the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue, according to a police report filed Dec. 10.
The offender reportedly spray-painted a black line across the snow-covered parkway from the street to the sidewalk in front of his neighbor’s house and also spray-painted “RIP Steve” on the snow. When a female neighbor asked what he was doing, the man reportedly replied it was “to keep the raccoons away.” But the woman told police it was because she had friends over and the neighbor’s daughter couldn’t park where she normally does. She also felt the “RIP Steve” marking was done to intimidate her.
Both parties reportedly have been told by police on numerous occasions to stay away from one another. Police told the offender that his actions appeared antagonistic and that due to the history between him and the neighbor, he would be ticketed.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 5-12, 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.