North Riverside police are reporting that nothing appeared to have been taken during an early morning break-in at Olive Garden, 7513 Cermak Road, on July 16, though someone rifled through cabinets and drawers in the manager’s office and may have attempted to open the safe.
The restaurant’s general manager called police about 8:15 a.m. after arriving at work and finding that a glass door had been shattered by a landscaping stone, which police found located a few feet inside the restaurant.
Surveillance video showed that a man picked up the stone about 2:35 a.m. and by 2:40 a.m. he was picked up by a camera inside the restaurant, using a cellphone light as he opened cabinets, drawers and touched the safe’s keypad and handle.
The man is also on camera entering the employee break room. The manager told police the man did not appear to be a present or former employee and that nothing appeared missing from the manager’s office or the safe.
Third BB gun shooting reported
For the third time this month, someone has reported being shot in Brookfield by someone firing a BB gun from a dark-colored vehicle.
The latest incident occurred July 17 about 9:05 p.m. near the front of Lincoln School, near the intersection of Shields and Forest avenues. According to police, four friends, ages 13 and 14, were riding their bikes when a dark-colored sedan slowed down for the stop sign.
The kids heard “popping’ noises coming from the car and a 14-year-old boy told police he felt two “pinches” on his legs. The boy then realized he’d been shot once in each leg. The shots didn’t puncture his skin, but they did leave marks. The boy refused medical attention.
Brookfield police on July 10 reported two similar incidents, both involving a dark-colored sedan with two people inside. One of the incidents took place at 10:10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Grand Boulevard and the other occurred that same night about 10:30 p.m. in the 9100 block of Broadway Avenue.
All three incidents, police noted, happened on Mondays during the evening hours.
A 48-year-old Riverside man contacted police on July 19 to report that he’d been punched in the head by a man during an apparent road rage incident.
The victim told police he was taking his yard waste container to the curb on Barrypoint Road about 9 p.m. when a northbound vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed approached.
After the victim dropped the yard waste container in the street to get out of the way, the dark-colored SUV stopped and a very agitated driver exited, reportedly telling the victim, “Don’t ever do that again.”
The driver then reportedly tried to punch the victim in the face, but the victim turned away and the blow landed on the back of his head. The driver then got back in his vehicle and continued north on Barrypoint Road.
Fake plumbers scam in Brookfield
An 82-year-old Brookfield resident called police on July 17 to report that she likely had been the victim of a scam by two men posing as plumbers.
The men told her they’d struck a water line while doing construction in the area and asked to come into her home to make sure there were no problems with her water service.
The woman let the men in and they instructed her to turn on the water in her bathroom and stay there to make sure the water didn’t change colors. One of the men stood in the doorway of the bathroom, while the other said he was going to look at the pipes under the kitchen sink.
A short time later the men said they needed to get something from their truck and left the house. They never returned.
On July 18, the woman called police again to report that all of her jewelry was missing.
A Brookfield woman called police on July 17 to report that her daughter’s purple mountain bike, which had been placed against a home near a rear fence gate in the 3400 block of Oak Avenue, was taken between 3 and 6 p.m.
A resident of the 2200 block of Desplaines Avenue called to report that a Huffy Norwood 700C cruiser bicycle, which had been locked up behind her building, was taken sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 18.
A 21-year-old Berwyn woman reported that her red Schwinn mountain bike was stolen from the Sears north parking lot between 1:15 and 3:30 p.m. on July 21. The bike had been secured to a pole by a cord lock, according to the police report.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 16-24, 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