A 62-year-old Brookfield woman called police on June 28 to report she was robbed while attempting to sell an iPhone to someone responding to an online advertisement she had placed.

According to the police report, the victim posted an ad on Facebook Marketplace for a rose gold iPhone 7, which she bought for more than $700 less than two years ago and was selling for $225.

Someone named “April” responded to the ad, stating she was interested in buying the phone. However, due to mobility issues, she was sending her grandson to pick it up. The victim gave “April” her home address.

About 3:10 p.m. on June 28, three men between the ages of 18 and 21 showed up at the victim’s house. While talking to the men about the phone, one of them snatched it from the victim’s hand and all three men ran away.

Police advised the victim not to sell any other online items unless she was accompanied by someone or was capable of completing the sale at the Brookfield Police Department.


North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of 2nd Avenue on the evening of June 22 after someone called to report that a home had been burglarized.

The victim told police he’d returned to the house, which was lost to foreclosure, in order to remove his belongings. According to the victim, the party who bought the home gave him until June 30 to remove his property.

At 4 p.m. on June 22, the victim returned to the home and found the front door deadbolt lock had been drilled out. Inside, someone had rummaged through his belongings and tried to gain entry to a safe.

Among the items missing were three suits, golf clubs and personal papers. Two days earlier, the victim had been notified that his bank account information had been used by someone out of state.

A resident of the 2900 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, called police on June 29 about 4:40 p.m. after he arrived home to find that someone had attempted to break into the building.

The resident said he arrived home about 4:10 p.m. and observed two men in a vehicle at the property. The victim confronted the two men, who told him they were waiting for someone before driving away.

After the men left, the resident said he observed the rear door to a vacant ground-floor unit ajar. He also observed pry marks on the door. In addition, according to police, there were pry marks on the interior front entrance door.

No items were missing from the unit as it was vacant, police reported.

Vehicles stolen

North Riverside police responded to the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 19 about 4:45 p.m. after a 33-year-old Hometown man called to report that his 2008 Hyundai Sonata had been stolen from the east parking lot.

The victim told police he parked the car about 1:30 p.m. and went inside to see a movie with his two daughters. Inside the theater, the victim placed his car keys in a cup holder on the arm of his seat and then went to the concession stand to get some snacks for his kids.

When he returned from the concession stand, the victim observed a woman sitting next to his daughters, in the seat he had chosen earlier. When the victim asked the woman to move, she reportedly refused, which led to an argument.

The theater manager intervened and showed the victim and his daughters to new seats, but the victim forgot his keys in the cup holder.

After the movie let out, the victim went to retrieve his keys, but they were gone. When he went to check on his vehicle, he found it was gone, too. 

A resident of the 9200 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, called police on the afternoon of June 21 to report that her ex-boyfriend had stolen her silver Honda Odyssey minivan while she was at a court hearing.

The previous day, the victim’s ex-boyfriend, reportedly said he was going to take the vehicle, even though he was allegedly confined to house arrest in Chicago.

Police attempted to contact the woman’s ex-boyfriend multiple times, without success.

Bike stolen in a flash

A resident of the 3800 block of Cleveland Avenue, Brookfield, reported he took a bicycle out of his garage and placed it alongside the building about 5 p.m. on June 28.

He then went inside to close the overhead garage door and exited less than a minute later to find that the orange Raleigh bike, valued at $400, was gone.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 19 and July 1, 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

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