Six vehicles and a garage were targeted for burglary overnight on Sept. 23-24 in the 100 and 200 blocks of Lawton Road, Riverside police have reported.
According to police reports, an offender entered a vehicle whose doors were unlocked but whose windows were open and stole several items, including two fully loaded 9 mm handgun magazines, two boxes of 12-gauge shotgun shells, two Samsung tablets, an iPad and a new Microsoft Surface computer valued at $3,000. Police reported that someone attempted to use the Surface computer at about 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 24.
During the same time period, someone entered an unlocked garage in the 200 block of Lawton Road and ransacked an unlocked vehicle parked inside before stealing a Specialized bicycle valued at $1,450. Nothing appeared to be missing from the car.
In the 100 block of Lawton Road three unlocked vehicles had been entered. It’s not clear if anything of value was reported missing from those vehicles. Some loose change may have been taken from the center console of one of them.
“I implore residents to lock their vehicles and garages and to leave outside lights on,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a bulletin sent out via email to residents. “These particular burglaries were undoubtedly a crime of opportunity. It appears the offender(s) just went driveway to driveway trying door handles or garage doors until they found ones that were unlocked.”
Theft from vehicle at mall
A 29-year-old Lyons woman called North Riverside police on Sept. 25 to report that her son’s backpack was stolen from her car, which was parked in the lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, between 4:20 and 5:20 p.m.
The victim told police she believed the vehicle was locked while it was unattended, although the police report does not describe any signs of forced entry. The backpack contained a Dell laptop computer.
Felony drug charges
A 38-year-old Brookfield man faces felony drug possession/distribution charges after a police officer stopped his vehicle while it was driving northbound on Maple Avenue at Ogden with its hazard lights on and both its passenger tires completely flat on Sept. 29 at 1:05 a.m.
While speaking with the driver of the 2011 Kia SUV, identified as Edwin J. Sierra, the officer reported a strong odor of fresh cannabis coming from the vehicle. After reportedly receiving permission from Sierra to search the vehicle, police reported finding a plastic storage bin in the rear compartment of the SUV.
The bin reportedly contained 10 zip-top bags containing roughly 280 grams of cannabis, 24 cannabis oil cartridges totaling about 600 grams, about 2,170 grams of edible cannabis gummies, a pill bottle containing 41 tablets of acetaminophen with codeine and $1,200 in cash, in addition to drug paraphernalia and items containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Sierra with felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Child struck by vehicle
Riverside police cited a 47-year-old Riverside woman for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after she allegedly struck a 9-year-old boy with her vehicle as he crossed the street at the intersection of Herrick and Longcommon roads at about 4:10 p.m. on Sept. 27.
Paramedics treated injuries that were described as non-life threatening bruising and scrapes on the front and back of his body as well as a leg injury. They transported him to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for additional treatment.
According to police, the driver said she was southbound on Longcommon Road and stopped at the Herrick Road stop sign. She proceeded through the intersection and reportedly struck the boy, who was in the crosswalk, crossing from west to east.
No crossing guards were on duty as their shifts had already ended for the day, and it was not immediately after school recessed for the day.
Gas siphoned from car
A resident of the 3600 block of Arden Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police to report that sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and noon on Sept. 27 someone siphoned about a half tank of gas from his vehicle, which was parked outside his apartment.
The victim told police that he had a little less than a half tank of gas in his car the day before, but when he went to drive it that day, the tank was empty. No one else had access to the keys or had permission to drive the vehicle, the victim told police.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 23-30, 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