Brookfield police responded to Ehlert Park on the village’s south end on Aug. 2 about 1:15 p.m. after a day camp counselor called 911 to report that a man near the splash pad was armed with a handgun.

Police made contact with the man, a resident of Lyons, walking in the park accompanied by three children between the ages of 6 and 13. When questioned, the man admitted carrying a firearm and showed police his firearm owner’s ID and concealed carry license.

The man said his shirt must have lifted up when he got up from a seated position, revealing the weapon, which was described as a Heckler & Koch .40-caliber handgun.

An officer warned the man that carrying a concealed weapon in a public park was illegal, and that he could have been charged with a Class B misdemeanor.

Police say they have referred the report to the Illinois State Police for review and documentation. Concealed carry licenses can be revoked for repeated violations of state laws regarding concealed handguns.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 9300 block of Monroe Avenue, Brookfield, reported that, between July 26 and 28, someone entered her vehicle, which was parked on the street, and removed a blue Vera Bradley wallet containing multiple credit cards and gift cards, along with about $40 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, police said.

Brookfield police reported on Aug. 5 that, sometime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., someone entered and ransacked her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the 4100 block of Forest Avenue. Nothing of value was reported missing.

That same evening, police responded again to the 4100 block of Forest Avenue after a resident called to report that a vehicle parked on the street had been ransacked and that loose change had been stolen from it. 

Garage break-ins

A resident of the 2200 block of Burr Oak Avenue, North Riverside, called police on July 25 to report finding fresh pry marks on the side service door to her garage. The marks were made overnight on July 22-23, according to the police report. 

While police were on the scene, a neighbor stopped by to report that around that time frame he discovered his overhead garage door open and his snow blower missing. The victim said he believes he left his side service door unlocked.

North Riverside police responded to the 2200 block of Park Avenue on July 26 after a resident called to report his garage had been burglarized.

The man reported that he received an alarm notice about 5:25 a.m. on July 25 and went outside to find a police officer, who told him that while he was on patrol, he had noticed the garage’s overhead door was open.

 At the time, the victim didn’t realize anything was missing. The following day, the victim noticed that a leaf blower, a shop vacuum and an electric snow broom had been stolen.

A resident of the 3100 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 2 to report that someone had burglarized her detached garage sometime between 6:15 and 10 p.m.

Entry reportedly was gained through an unlocked side service door. Missing from the garage was a blue Schwinn bicycle and a green Ergo lawn mower with a bungee cord wrapped around it.

SUV strikes 8-year-old bicyclist

Police said “inexperienced driving played a major role” in an SUV striking an 8-year-old girl who was navigating a crosswalk at the intersection of Longcommon Road and Pine Avenue on Aug. 1 about 6:10 p.m.

According to police, the girl was in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a Nissan Rogue driven by a 16-year-old Brookfield girl. The victim suffered minor injuries, according to police.

Vehicle window shattered

A resident of the 4400 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that the driver’s side window of his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway by the alley, had been completely shattered.

Originally, there was a 1-inch hole in the window, said the victim, until he opened the door, when the window shattered completely.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 25 and Aug. 5, 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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