A 15-year-old Riverside boy faces felony robbery charges after allegedly stealing $150 from a schoolmate during what was supposed to be the sale of a used videogame system on Jan. 4 at about 4:20 p.m.
The victim and offender corresponded over social media, with the victim agreeing to pay $150 for a used PlayStation videogame system. The offender told the victim to meet him behind a business near the intersection of Pine and East avenues where they’d make the exchange.
The two boys knew each other as fellow students at Riverside-Brookfield High School, according to police.
The offender took the money from the victim, throwing a pink book bag at the victim’s feet before running away with the cash. Inside the bag was a photo album.
Later that day, police apprehended the suspect as he arrived home in a ride share from an alleged shopping expedition at the North Riverside Park Mall. The boy was charged and turned over to Cook County Juvenile Justice officials.
Cars left running, unlocked stolen
A 37-year-old Broadview woman called police on Jan. 3 at about 8:15 p.m. to report her 2004 Honda Pilot had been stolen from in front of a friend’s home in the 2200 block of 7th Avenue, North Riverside.
The victim told police she left the vehicle running and unlocked with the keys in the ignition while she entered her friend’s house for about five minutes. The victim had also left her purse in the vehicle.
When she left the home, the vehicle was missing. At 9 p.m., the victim reported that her credit card had been used at a Citgo station on Cermak Road in North Riverside, and police at about 9:30 p.m. recovered the vehicle from the Broadview Village Square parking lot. The keys were in the vehicle, but the purse was not.
Police responded to Chili’s, 7225 Cermak Road in North Riverside, on Jan. 4 at about 11:50 p.m. after an employee reported her 2004 Nissan Maxima missing from the parking lot.
The victim told police that at about 11:45 p.m. she handed the keys to the car to a co-worker and asked her to move the vehicle closer to the restaurant so it could warm up. The co-worker moved the car and left it running, unlocked, with the keys in the ignition.
Less than five minutes later, the owner observed that the car was gone.
‘Rolling drug store’ curbed
Riverside police arrested a man who they say was driving a car that served as a “rolling drug store” after stopping him for passing several vehicles on the right by using the parking lane in the 3300 block of Harlem Avenue on Jan. 5 at about 1:05 p.m.
The driver, identified as Ponciano Martinez, 40, of Romeoville, had no driver’s license – the result of having it revoked due to three prior drunken driving convictions in 1998, 2004 and 2009, according to police.
Inside the vehicle, police recovered a variety of illegal drugs, including 366 grams of cannabis, 110 grams of cocaine and several homemade brownies with cannabis baked into them.
In addition to felony driving while revoked, Martinez was also charged with felony possession of cocaine and cannabis and felony delivery/manufacture of cocaine and cannabis.
It wasn’t Martinez’s first run-in with Riverside police. He was arrested in 2009 for felony DUI in the same location on Harlem Avenue, according to police.
Opioid antidote revives OD victim
A Riverside police officer had to administer a 34-year-old woman two doses of an opioid antidote called Naloxone to reverse the effects of an apparent accidental opioid overdose on Dec. 29 at about 11:35 a.m.
Riverside dispatch center received a frantic phone call from someone, stating that the woman had overdosed and was unconscious in her bed. Police were met at the front door by four children who told them their mother wouldn’t wake up.
An officer found the female to whom he administered the opioid antidote, which took effect after the second dose. Paramedics transported the woman to Loyola University Medical Center for additional treatment.
Two unknown men were caught on surveillance cameras entering and burglarizing an apartment in a building in the 4400 block of Prairie Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, according to a Brookfield police report.
The offenders apparently entered the basement apartment through a ground-level window. Rooms inside the apartment were ransacked, with a bed flipped on its side. A safe containing jewelry and cash that had been placed under the bed was missing.
Also taken was a gold watch and a laptop computer. The total loss was estimated at more than $5,000.
Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue on Jan. 5 after a homeowner called police to report that it had been burglarized sometime between 1:30 and 6:50 p.m. that day.
Entry to the home had been made through a side entrance, according to the police report, and the offender ransacked two upstairs bedrooms, stealing several pieces of jewelry. The homeowner came back from work and found the side door wide open, police said.
Missing from one of the bedrooms were 10 pieces of jewelry, including rings, earrings, necklaces and a bracelet as well as a wooden jewelry box. The total loss was estimated at more than $6,000.
Brookfield vehicle break-ins
Brookfield police investigated five vehicle break-ins that occurred between late Jan. 5 and early Jan. 7.
Three of the incidents were in the 3800 block of Woodside Avenue and involved unlocked vehicles parked on the street or in driveways. Items taken included loose change and a gym bag containing weightlifting equipment and an iPad. Police also found in that block a black binder reportedly stolen from a car in LaGrange Park early on Jan. 7.
Other vehicles targeted were in the 3600 block of Madison Avenue and the 4200 block of Raymond Avenue.
A 51-year-old Forest Park man with a prior history of drunken driving convictions faces felony DUI charges after leaving the scene of an accident involving his vehicle in the vicinity of Desplaines Avenue and Cermak Road in North Riverside on Jan. 6 at about 6 p.m.
A witness reportedly followed the offending vehicle and notified police, who stopped the damaged 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix in the 2400 block of 17th Avenue. The driver, identified as Robert C. Firnsin, reportedly claimed to have no recollection of the crash.
According to the police report, Firnsin’s blood-alcohol content was .223, or nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
At the time of his arrest, Firnsin was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in Kane County Court for driving while revoked. Police said Firnsin previously had been arrested three times for drunken driving.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony drunken driving charges against a 37-year-old Berwyn woman stopped by Riverside police on Jan. 3 at about 9 p.m. for turning left against a red light at Harlem Avenue and Riverside Drive and then speeding 55 mph southbound on Harlem Avenue.
Police reported recovering two containers of open alcohol inside the vehicle. The driver’s license of the driver, Elizabeth Sanchez, had been suspended due to a prior DUI arrest, according to police. Her blood-alcohol content at the time of her Jan. 3 arrest was .197, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Packages stolen in Brookfield
A resident of the 4600 block of Custer Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Jan. 4 to report that a package containing prescription painkillers, delivered to his residence on Dec. 30, had been stolen.
A resident of the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue, Brookfield, went to police on Jan. 6 to report that a package containing Nike Air Force shoes, was stolen from his residence after it had been delivered to his residence on Jan. 4.
Decorations stolen in Riverside
Riverside police responded to the 300 block of Gage Road on Jan. 7 at about 4:30 p.m. after a resident called to report that someone had stolen a 20-year-old Santa Claus decoration from in front of his home.
That same day, a resident of the 100 block of Lawton Road reported to police that a small Christmas tree decoration had been taken from her front porch.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018 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