Brookfield police charged a 24-year-old Oak Park man with domestic battery and criminal damage to property after he allegedly broke a room window at the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., in order to get inside and attack his girlfriend.

The two were staying at the motel and got into an altercation during which the man threw the 25-year-old to the floor and started punching her. She was able to force him outside and lock the door, but he allegedly broke the room window with his fists and crawled back inside, punching her some more.

The woman was able to flee to another room. Another motel patron called 911.

Paramedics tended to both offender, who sustained scratches and had a laceration to his left hand, and the victim. Both appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, police said.

Attempted bait-and-switch

A Brookfield man avoided being out of more than $1,000 after he called police when a traveling repair crew allegedly tried to overcharge him for work on the chimney of his home in the 4300 block of Prairie Avenue on March 20.

The resident called police at about 2 p.m. to report that two men rang his doorbell that day and let him know that his chimney needed repairs and that they’d do the work for $50.

The homeowner agreed and the men got to work. Later, the told the resident that the repairs were more extensive than anticipated and that it would cost him $1,500. That prompted the call to police, who arrived and talked to the workers, who agreed not to charge the resident for any of the work, which had been done without a permit.

A third worker disappeared from the scene after police arrived. Police searched the house and the surrounding area for him, but were unable to locate him.

Police issued citations to the repairman who appeared to be in charge of the business, for failing to get a permit and working without a business license.

In addition, police are warning residents to be on the lookout for possible repair scams.

Deputy Police Chief Edward Petrak said residents should follow some simple rules when it comes to unknown repairmen coming to the door:

 Residents should avoid work by contractors who initiate contact with them.

Never let a stranger into your home under any circumstances.   

Call the police if you feel uncomfortable or something doesn’t seem right.

Whomever you hire to do business inside your home should have the proper permits and credentials.

Remember the catchphrase: If the price seems too good to be true it probably is.

Brookfield car break-ins continue

After reporting at least five vehicle break-ins on March 12 and 13, Brookfield police reported six more between March 15 and 19, with some of them apparently related to incidents of vehicles being vandalized and incidents of what appeared to be gang graffiti.

Three break-ins reported on March 19 in the 3300 blocks of Madison Avenue and Arthur Avenue, targeted newer unlocked vehicles.

But two reported on March 15 in the 9100 block of Sheridan Avenue and one on March 16 on an unspecified nearby block of Sunnyside Avenue were different. Those incidents all involved pre-2000 vehicles whose steering columns were found stripped, indicating attempts to steal them.

And the Sheridan Avenue vehicles were entered by forcing them open, one by using a coat hanger and one by breaking a vent window to roll down a side window.

Police also reported finding what appeared to be gang graffiti in the 9100 block of Grant Avenue, on a garage and on a wall at St. Paul Church, on March 16. The graffiti was made using a white powder that was found on March 15 to have been poured down the gas tank of a vehicle parked in the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue.

Graffiti was also found on buildings in the 3500 Oak/Sunnyside alley on March 19.

Between March 14 and March 19, police reported nine incidents where vehicles had windows or windshields smashed, including in the 9000 block of Monroe Avenue, the 3600 block of Forest Avenue, the 8900 block of Windemere Avenue, the 3600 block of Vernon Avenue, the 4000 block of Grove Avenue and the 3900 block of Sunnyside Avenue.

No idea why we’re here

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said he believes his officers prevented a theft or burglary on March 19 after spotting a suspicious vehicle at about 1 a.m. parked at the end of a driveway in the 200 block of North Delaplaine Road.

When an officer put his squad car’s spotlight on the vehicle, he reported seeing someone outside of it walking towards a home. Upon questioning, the 21-year-old driver and his three passengers, ages 19, 21 and 43, said they were looking for a female companion who lived at the home. Police interviewed the homeowners and learned they didn’t have a daughter. The men in the car were from Beach Park, Gurnee and Waukegan, police said.

The men couldn’t explain why they were in Riverside or know the name of the street they were on. Police arrested the driver, charging him with driving on a suspended license.

Weitzel called the incident “a textbook example of proactive police work that prevented a crime from occurring.”

Packages tampered with

A resident of the 3500 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on March 13 to report that someone had tampered with a two packages that had been delivered to his home between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. that day.

The packages, which were on a chair on the front porch, were opened but the contents were still intact.

Bicyclist down

Brookfield police responded to the 4300 block of Maple Avenue on March 19 at about 2:45 a.m. after receiving a report of a bicyclist lying in the middle of the street.

The cyclist, a Chicago man, was tangled up in his bike next to a car that had sustained some fresh damage to the driver’s side tail light and trunk area. The cyclist, according to police, appeared intoxicated and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police suspect the bicyclist was southbound on Maple Avenue when he rode into the back of the vehicle, causing him to fall to the ground. The bicyclist reportedly told police he didn’t recall what happened.

Peacock on the loose

Police responded to the area of Congress Park and Raymond avenues on March 13 at about 7:30 a.m. after someone reported seeing a peacock in the street.

Upon arrival, police learned that the peacock had returned to the yard of the home where it apparently resides.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 13 to March 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