A man described by a witness as “homeless looking” reportedly entered an apartment in the building at 5 E. Burlington St. in Riverside on Sept. 8 at about 11 p.m., grabbing some food and a sports drink out of the refrigerator in the kitchen while the tenant was out smoking a cigarette.

According to the police report, the suspect was described as a black male with “scruffy facial hair,” about 5-foot-6 with a thin build and wearing a dark sweatshirt and dark pants.

The tenant told police she had gone out of the second-floor apartment at about 10:45 p.m. to smoke a cigarette. Upon returning, she looked into the kitchen window and saw the suspect removing a bottle of Gatorade from the fridge.

He left the apartment when the woman started screaming and walked toward East Burlington Street. Police said the man had broken several picture frames inside the apartment and items from a refrigerated lunch snack pack were scattered on the floor of the kitchen.

Police were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the suspect. Video surveillance cameras in the vicinity showed someone matching that description walking west on south side of East Burlington Street at about 10:30 p.m. 

Disorderly conduct

North Riverside police charged a woman with disorderly conduct after she allegedly berated a teacher in front of her students while they were walking from Cornerstone Montessori School, 7716 26th St., to Commons Park in the 2500 block of Burr Oak Avenue on Aug. 29.

The owner of the school had called police that same day at about 3:25 p.m. after the same woman had used profanity in complaining about the presence of the kids near her residence. At that time, the woman told police she wouldn’t use profanity around the children in the future.

But after police left, according to the report, the teacher was escorting about 20 children to the park when the same woman pulled out of the alley in a vehicle and began “screaming” at the teacher in the presence of her toddler age students, alarming her and scaring them.

The teacher contacted the police at about 8:35 p.m. that day to report the second incident. Police arrested the woman on Aug. 30, charging her with disorderly conduct. 

Vehicle break-ins

Brookfield police reported two vehicle break-ins last week, both during the overnight hours of Sept. 3-4.

Officers responded to the 3700 block of Cleveland Avenue after a resident of the block called to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle and rifled through it. Nothing of value was reported missing.

Police also responded to the 3600 block of Morton Avenue after a resident called to report that someone had ransacked the glove box and center console of her unlocked vehicle.

A work ID, driver’s license and credit card were taken from the center console. The work ID was later found lying in the roadway in the 9400 block of Lincoln Avenue. 

Upset over ‘gummy’ wings

North Riverside police responded to Miller’s Ale House, 7515 Cermak Road, on Aug. 31 at about 2:25 p.m. after being called to referee a customer dispute over an order of chicken wings.

According to the police report, the restaurant’s manager said a 32-year-old woman began yelling profanities across the restaurant, disrupting other patrons, because she was upset with the quality of her chicken wing basket.

The customer told police that the wings, which should have been crispy, arrived “gummy.” She reportedly ate three before complaining and demanded a discount. She also told police a restaurant employee was rude to her.

Police reported that the customer was compensated for the quality of the order and was given the phone number of the corporate office if she wanted to lodge a complaint there as well.

Cops: Drug use led to crashes

Riverside police believe cannabis use contributed to a single-vehicle crash on Sept. 6 at 12:25 p.m. at First and Parkview avenues, near Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Police said a 20-year-old Chicago man was at the wheel of a 2011 Kia that was headed north on First Avenue at high speed. A truck driver told police the Kia attempted to pass a vehicle in the left lane, lost control and left the roadway.

No one was hurt, but police reported smelling the odor of burnt cannabis inside the Kia, though the driver denied smoking cannabis that day. Police said there was a small amount of cannabis inside the vehicle, but not enough to charge the driver with drugged driving. 

Police cited the driver for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, possession of cannabis and damage to village property.

Riverside police charged a 23-year-old Berwyn man with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs after he reportedly drove his 2003 Honda van into a tree in the 200 block of East Quincy Street on Sept. 10 at 3:18 a.m.

The driver reportedly told police the airbags deployed on their own, apparently unaware that his car and the tree were heavily damaged. Both the driver and a 25-year-old male passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the police report, the driver reportedly admitted drinking beer and ingesting the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam before driving.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 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