Police say that a Brookfield man and a Westchester woman charged with burglarizing two Riverside residences and trying to break into a third were committing the burglaries to support drug habits.

“They specifically targeted Riverside because they believed that Riverside had nice homes and they would get good proceeds that they could easily unload,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release.

Vincent A. Lamanna, 21, and Laura L. Sandora, 46, each were charged with two counts of burglary and one count of criminal trespassing. 

Police arrested Lamanna on the afternoon of Jan. 11 as he was walking in the 400 block of Kent Road. He matched the description of a suspicious person reportedly walking from the driveway of a home in the 300 block of Downing Road that afternoon.

After detaining Lamanna, police learned that someone had tried to force entry into the Downing Road home where he’d been spotted. That method of operation was also consistent with a burglary to a home in the 100 block of North Delaplaine Road that had been reported on Jan. 10.

Cash and jewelry were stolen during that burglary, which took place between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Also on Jan. 11, police received a call from a resident of the 400 block of Selborne Road reporting that someone had broken into his garage and shut off power to his home. There was also evidence that someone had tried to force open the rear door of the home.

Lamanna reportedly admitted to the break-ins and implicated two women, one of them Sandora. Police arrested Sandora and the other woman on Jan. 12 in Westchester. The second woman was not charged.

Both Lamanna and Sandora were also charged with burglaries in Westchester, according to the Riverside police report. Lamanna is being held at Cook County Jail on $50,000 bond.

It’s not the first time Lamanna has run afoul of Riverside police. He was arrested in 2013 for burglary after he and two others reportedly schemed to burglarize a Riverside home while the family was attending a church service on Christmas Eve.

DUI crashes

Riverside police charged a 61-year-old Brookfield woman with drunken driving and cited her for several traffic offenses after she reportedly drove her silver 2003 Cadillac onto the sidewalk in front of PNC Bank, 40 E. Burlington St., in downtown Riverside and struck a bench before leaving the scene on Jan. 11 at about 8:35 p.m.

A witness gave police a license plate number and officers traced it to a residence in Brookfield where they found the driver still inside the Cadillac, which had sustained heavy front-end damage, parked in the alley.

Police reported that the woman fell over “numerous times” because she was so intoxicated and that she was “aggressive and insulting” while in police custody. She reportedly had been drinking martinis at a restaurant in Riverside prior to the crash.

In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, the woman was cited for improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to notify police after striking property and damage to village property.

A 21-year-old Brookfield woman faces DUI charges after she allegedly lost control of the vehicle she was driving and struck a parked car in the 4200 block of Blanchan Avenue on Jan. 13 at about 4:20 a.m.

The driver reportedly left the scene but was confronted by the owner of the parked car and remained on scene until police arrived. Police also stated that a second parked vehicle had been damaged as a result of the crash’s impact.

According to police the driver’s blood-alcohol content was .111, which is more than the legal limit of .08. In addition to DUI, the driver was charged with improper lane usage.

Vehicle break-in

Brookfield police responded to the 9200 block of 31st Street on Jan. 12 at about 4:30 p.m. after a resident called to report that loose change and a case containing 12 bottles of motor oil was taken from the back seat of his car overnight on Jan. 11-12.

The victim told police that he usually leaves the vehicle unlocked and parked in the driveway next to his apartment building.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 8-Jan. 14, 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