An unknown man walked into a Brookfield business on the afternoon of April 28 and allegedly took four employee pay envelopes containing more than $2,000.

Brookfield police said a tall, skinny white male, wearing a black women’s pea coat, dark pants and white gym shoes with a black stripe, walked into Suburban Plumbing Experts, 9100 Plainfield Road, at about 2 p.m., entered an office and took three pay envelopes from a desk drawer along with a purse containing another pay envelope.

Security cameras showed the man leave the building and walk toward the rear of the property.

Work van stolen

A resident of the 9000 block of Southview Avenue, Brookfield, called police on April 27 to report that overnight someone had stolen a van that belonged to his employer, an Oak Park-based plumbing company.

According to the victim, the van likely was left unlocked and a spare set of keys was kept on the floor of the vehicle. The van contained miscellaneous tools including a main line rodder, a sink line rodder and a pistol line rodder, with a total value of almost $4,000.

The van was described as a white 2006 Ford Club Wagon with the lower half painted black.

Take my parking spot, will ya?

North Riverside police responded to the parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on April 28 at noon after a 35-year-old Oak Park woman called to report someone had damaged her 2001 Chevy sedan.

The victim told police she pulled into a parking space and a few seconds later another woman walked up to her window and told her she “stole” her parking spot. The victim told the woman she didn’t see her waiting for the spot, and the other woman responded by calling her an “ignorant bitch” and walking away.

When the victim returned to her vehicle about a half hour later, she noticed the windshield had been smashed in. 

Vehicles damaged

A resident of the 100 block of East Quincy Street in Riverside reported on April 26 that overnight someone entered his unlocked vehicle, which was parked at the rear of the property, and poured blue liquid soap all over the seats, floor and dashboard.

The radio and heating control were no longer working because of the soap, police said. An officer reported finding a laundry soap container at the rear of a nearby property.

A resident of the 8000 block of 31st Street in North Riverside contacted police on the morning of April 27 to report that during the overnight hours, someone had damaged her vehicle by trying to cut the pipes and remove the catalytic converter.

Bikes stolen

Riverside police reported that sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. on April 29, someone stole two bicycles from the driveway of a home in the 200 block of Olmsted Road.

One bike was described as a “beachcomber” type bike that was yellow and orange with flowers on it. The other was a light blue and silver mountain bike. 


Brookfield police say that a 36-year-old Riverside man charged with drunken driving after his vehicle plowed into a curb at Monroe and Prairie and knocked down a street sign on April 28 had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit some 40 minutes after the crash.

Police responded to the scene at about 10:25 p.m. and found the car on someone’s front lawn. The driver appeared intoxicated and police reported finding two bottles of vodka, one on the driver and one in the glove box of the vehicle.

Chicago resident Lucero M. Reyes, 23, faces felony drunken driving charges after a Riverside police officer stopped her for speeding and driving erratically while southbound in the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue on May 1 at about 12:55 a.m.

According to police, Reyes, who did not have a valid driver’s license, was driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone and the vehicle violently struck a curb and drove up onto the grass parkway before veering back into traffic. Reyes’ blood-alcohol level reportedly was .124, which is more than the legal limit of .08.

Three children between the ages of 7 months and 12 were inside the vehicle, along with two other “highly intoxicated” adults, police said. In addition to felony DUI, Reyes was charged with endangering the life of a child and multiple traffic offenses.

Reyes, police said, had been arrested for driving without a license and speeding in Riverside in April 2016. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 24-30, 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