A doorbell camera caught this man looking through the mailbox of a Riverside home. He was also caught on surveillance cameras doing the same thing at two other homes in the early morning hours of Oct. 12.

Chicago resident Jasmine Andrews, 25, remains in Cook County Jail after allegedly setting a Cicero man’s 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck on fire, damaging two other vehicles in the process, in the parking lot of Tony’s Finer Foods, 7401 25th St. in North Riverside, on Oct. 13 at about 12:55 p.m.

Andrews and the victim reportedly had gone to North Riverside Park Mall, and Andrews reportedly became upset when the victim declined to pay for a track suit that Andrews had picked out at Victoria’s Secret.

The altercation continued outside the store and in the truck as two sat in the truck in the Tony’s parking lot. The victim exited the truck and went into the store, coming out when he observed “commotion” outside.

When he exited the store, the victim found his truck to be fully engulfed in flames. Police apprehended Andrews near the east entrance to the grocery store and obtained surveillance video documenting the incident, according to the police report.

In addition to arson, Andrews was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property due to the fire damaging vehicle son either side of the pickup truck. 

Caught on doorbell camera

Riverside police have released video and a still image taken from a doorbell surveillance camera of a man they say walked onto the front porches of at least three homes and opened mailboxes before leaving empty-handed during the early morning hours of Oct. 12.

Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said he hopes someone will recognize the man, a white male with facial hair, glasses and wearing a black winter jacket, a blue knit winter hat and a red-and-black backpack who in the roughly 20-second video can be seen gingerly climbing the front stairs to a residence, walking up to the mailbox, looking inside and then leaving the porch.

Weitzel said that police had not received one tip as of the afternoon of Oct. 15.

According to Weitzel, the same man was captured on doorbell cameras at homes in the 200 block of Shenstone, 100 block of Nuttall and 100 block of Akenside between 4:15 and 4:45 a.m.

Weitzel also believes the man inspected the front porches and mailboxes of other homes along his route. Just three, however, caught him on camera.

Although the man is not seen taking anything in the videos, said Weitzel, he is criminally trespassing with a clear intent to steal.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Lazansky at 708-447-2127, ext. 279 or email him at jlazansky@riverside.il.us. You may remain anonymous if you wish to do so. 

Woman allegedly torches car

Chicago resident Jasmine Andrews, 25, remains in Cook County Jail after allegedly setting a Cicero man’s 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck on fire, damaging two other vehicles in the process, in the parking lot of Tony’s Finer Foods, 7401 25th St. in North Riverside, on Oct. 13 at about 12:55 p.m.

Andrews and the victim reportedly had gone to North Riverside Park Mall, and Andrews reportedly became upset when the victim declined to pay for a track suit that Andrews had picked out at Victoria’s Secret.

The altercation continued outside the store and in the truck as two sat in the truck in the Tony’s parking lot. The victim exited the truck and went into the store, coming out when he observed “commotion” outside.

When he exited the store, the victim found his truck to be fully engulfed in flames. Police apprehended Andrews near the east entrance to the grocery store and obtained surveillance video documenting the incident, according to the police report.

In addition to arson, Andrews was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property due to the fire damaging vehicle son either side of the pickup truck 

Littering leads to road rage

A Brookfield man called police on Oct. 9 at about 4:10 p.m. to report that someone struck him with a baseball bat during an incident involving littering at the intersection of 31st Street and Maple Avenue.

The victim told police he was walking eastbound on 31st Street when he observed someone throw a crumpled napkin out of the window of a black sedan.

The victim stated he picked up the napkin and tossed it back through the window of the sedan, prompting a man to exit the vehicle with a baseball bat and strike him in the left thigh before getting back in the sedan and continuing eastbound on 31st Street. The victim was not badly injured and refused medical treatment, according to the police report.

Surveillance video obtained by police reportedly showed the offender used a “light backhand swing” of the bat in hitting the victim, who said he did not want to pursue charges.

Lyons man charged with burglary

A 48-year-old Lyons man who faces one count of felony burglary for allegedly stealing a bicycle from a Riverside garage reportedly told police he didn’t think he’d done anything wrong, because he left another bicycle in its place.

A resident of the 7200 block of Ogden Avenue called police on Oct. 10 at about 11:45 a.m. after he saw a man enter his garage and steal his red Diamondback Performance bicycle valued at $1,000.

The victim yelled to the offender, later identified as Alan A. Lekkas, who reportedly fled on the bike westbound on Ogden Avenue. Berwyn police apprehended Lekkas in the 3400 block of Harlem Avenue a short time later.

Riverside police recovered the bicycle and returned it to its owner. They also took possession of a silver mountain bike which had been left by Lekkas at the victim’s residence. According to police, the bike’s serial number had been scratched off, making it difficult to identify its owner. 

Packages taken from porch

A resident of the 3100 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, called police last week to report that two packages, which had been delivered to her home on Oct. 1 had been taken by someone between the hours of 12:30 and 5 p.m.

The value of the items totaled about $110.

DUI crash

Brookfield police charged a 52-year-old Brookfield woman with driving under the influence of alcohol and cited her for a number of traffic offenses after she allegedly drove her gray Chevy into an unoccupied white Honda that was parked in the 4100 block of Prairie Avenue at about 1:35 p.m. on Oct. 14.

The woman appeared to be extremely intoxicated and combative, according to police, and had to be removed from her vehicle by officers and strapped to a stretcher prior to transport to LaGrange Hospital.

Guns taken in burglary

Brookfield police responded to a home in the 9400 block of Jackson Avenue on Oct. 14 after a resident called to report that he had returned home from a vacation to find his home burglarized.

According to the police report, the homeowner was notified via text message that someone had kicked in the rear door of the house and had left a handprint on a window. Missing from home was $400 in cash and a pair of handguns. 

Tailed

A Tinley Park man whose vehicle was burglarized as it sat outside a business in the 8800 block of 47th Street in Brookfield on Oct. 13 may have been followed to the location after he withdrew $500 from the bank.

The victim left the money in an envelope in the center console of his vehicle while he went inside the Brookfield building. Surveillance video showed a black SUV immediately following the victim’s car and waited for him to go inside before pulling up alongside.

Video shows the rear passenger door of the SUV open before the victim’s car window shatters and someone reaches inside before returning to the SUV and fleeing the scene.

 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 8-14, 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