If you live in Riverside’s First Division and you recently ordered a package through Amazon Prime but didn’t get it, you may want to contact the Brookfield Police Department.
On Jan. 16, a resident of the 3100 block of Sunnyside Avenue went to police after finding, next to her garbage can in the alley, a large bag containing 12 unopened Amazon Prime packages all addressed to residents on Fairbank, Scottswood and Bloomingbank roads in Riverside.
Brookfield police contacted Riverside police to see whether anyone had reported their packages had been stolen. No reports had been filed, and the boxes are being held in the evidence room at the Brookfield Police Department until detectives decide what step to take next.
A 60-year-old Oakbrook Terrace man contacted police on Jan. 16 after realizing he had been conned out of $1,000 by someone claiming he owed ComEd that amount for an electric bill related to a Brookfield commercial property.
The caller said a technician was on the way to the property and that unless he paid the bill immediately, the power would be cut off. According to the police report, the caller told the victim to buy “green dot” gift cards totaling $1,000 from a local pharmacy and to give him the numerical codes on the cards.
After following the caller’s demands, the victim realized he’d been scammed and contacted police.
Brookfield police charged a 17-year-old Brookfield boy with four counts of burglary after he allegedly stole items from vehicles parked in the 4100 block of Raymond Avenue, the 4200 block of Raymond Avenue and the 4200 block of Madison Avenue on the night of Jan. 15.
Police reportedly followed bicycle wheel marks in the snow from the scene of one burglary to the alleged offender’s home, where officers reported recovering items stolen from the vehicles.
Riverside police reported that someone had broken into three unlocked vehicles parked near the village’s downtown district during the early morning hours of Jan. 20.
Someone looking to retrieve items from a vehicle parked in the alley behind the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue at about 1:50 a.m. saw someone inside the vehicle, rifling through it. The witness ran back inside to alert the owner, and the offender was gone by the time police arrived.
Police located two other unlocked vehicles, one in the first block of Forest Avenue and another in the first block of Lincoln Avenue, which had been ransacked. Both owners stated that cash was missing from the vehicles.
Alcohol, drugs and a gun
A 27-year-old Waukegan man faces weapons and drug charges after he allegedly was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun without a permit, possession of cocaine and cannabis and transporting open alcohol while driving without headlights in the 7200 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, on Jan. 21 at about 2:20 a.m.
The driver, identified as Eric F. Martinez, reportedly was driving on a suspended license and exhibited signs of intoxication, although a portable breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol content was slightly below the legal limit of .08.
Police reported recovering two cups containing alcohol from the center console and an open bottle of cognac from the back seat in addition to the drugs and the handgun, which reportedly was in Martinez’s pants pocket.
He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two drug-related misdemeanors, in addition to being cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol.
That’s a punching
North Riverside police responded to Sliccily Pub, 8427 Cermak Road, on Jan. 18 at about 6:30 p.m. after a 28-year-old North Riverside man called to report that someone sucker punched him as he stood outside the business smoking a cigarette.
The victim told police that he was standing outside when someone exited the bar. The victim said he attempted to exchange pleasantries with the man, but instead was punched in the face. The victim then fell to the ground where he was kicked in the face, according to the police report.
Police said the victim admitted to having known his attacker while growing up but that he didn’t think the two had any problems with each other. The victim told police he didn’t want to press charges.
Brookfield police responded to the intersection of Rochester and Grove avenues on Jan. 19 at 11:50 p.m. after receiving a report that a motorist had struck a parked vehicle in the area.
Police said that a 2009 Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 53-year-old Brookfield man had collided with a 2002 Volvo parked on Rochester Avenue just west of Grove. Smoke was coming from under the heavily damaged hood of the Nissan, said police, and the driver was bleeding from a laceration to his forehead.
The driver reportedly admitted he’d had “too much” to drink before driving. He was charged with DUI and transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police also cited him for driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Brookfield police charged a 29-year-old LaGrange Park man with drunken driving and other offenses after his 2012 Toyota Rav 4 allegedly sideswiped a parked vehicle in the 3400 block of Kemman Avenue on Jan. 21 at about 9:55 p.m.
The impact of the crash caused the Toyota to flip onto its side and police found the driver, who was not seriously injured, trapped inside as the responded. Inside the vehicle were a beer bottle and half empty bottle of a Jagermeister, police said.
According to police, the driver’s blood-alcohol content was .203, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Driving on three tires
Riverside police charged a 22-year-old Wood Dale man with driving under the influence of alcohol and cited him for several traffic offenses after an officer on patrol spotted him driving a 2008 Kia van with just three tires northbound on First Avenue at Parkview Road on Jan. 21 at about 1:50 a.m.
The Kia was traveling very slowly, said police, because one of the vehicle’s tires was missing and the exposed rim was throwing up sparks from the pavement. Police stopped the vehicle at Ridgewood Road and reported seeing open bottles of beer on the front and back seats.
The driver reportedly told police he’d been drinking in Oak Brook, Summit and Chicago and was on his way to Bellwood when his van struck a pot hole on First Avenue, causing the tire blowout.
In addition to DUI, police cited the driver for having a suspended license, operating an uninsured vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 15-21, 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