Osmer E. Santillan, 29, of Berwyn, faces a felony weapons charge after police reported recovering a loaded handgun from the vehicle he was driving while delivering food to customers on Nov. 29 about 6:15 p.m.

Santillan, whose driver’s license was also revoked for a prior DUI charge, reportedly told police he had the gun in his car for protection in case he was robbed. He did not possess a valid concealed-carry license, according to police.

Also found right next to the Ruger 9 mm handgun was a package of cannabis. Police charged Santillan with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He also was charged with possession of cannabis, driving without insurance and driving while revoked.

Police turned the handgun over to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab to see if it may have been used in any unsolved crimes.

Watch out!

Riverside police ticketed an 84-year-old Riverside man for failure to yield after he reportedly drove his car over the foot of a 37-year-old Aurora woman who was walking northbound on Bloomingbank Road in the crosswalk on the west side of Riverside Road at 5:09 p.m. on Nov. 28.

The driver was attempting to turn left onto Bloomingbank from Riverside Road and was squeezing through a gap in backed-up traffic. The driver told police he didn’t see the woman at first. Paramedics took the woman to the hospital for further evaluation.

SUV stolen from driveway

A resident of the 100 block of Michaux Road, Riverside, called police on the morning of Dec. 1 to report that someone had stolen a 2006 Chevy Suburban from the driveway of his home sometime after 1:30 a.m. that day.

The vehicle was locked, said the victim, but someone may have entered through an unlocked rear hatch. There was also a spare key inside the vehicle, though the owner said it was located in a place that would have been very difficult to find.

Police surmise that the vehicle theft may be related to a vehicular burglary reported that same morning elsewhere on the block. In that incident, the victim told police he woke at 7 a.m. and noticed the overhead door to his garage open.

Someone had entered the vehicle inside the garage. Only the garage door opener appeared to be missing. Another vehicle parked inside the garage was undisturbed. 

Vehicle break-ins

North Riverside responded to the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Nov. 23 about 12:35 p.m. after a Black Friday shopper called to report that someone had entered her 2011 Kia, which had been parked in the lot since 7 a.m. and removed two bags containing merchandise from Alta, a bag from Old Navy and another bag containing a gold necklace with diamonds and rubies.

The victim told police she locked the doors, but one of the rear doors is defective and doesn’t lock properly.

Brookfield police responded to the 3600 block of McCormick Avenue about 11:25 a.m. on Dec. 1 after a resident called to report that overnight someone had taken an iPhone from a vehicle parked in the driveway. 

Another vehicle parked in the driveway had also been ransacked. Some loose change and a plastic container were missing.

Neither vehicle had been locked, police reported.


North Riverside police charged Jesus Abarca, 28, of Chicago, with felony drunken driving after he allegedly crashed his white Nissan into another vehicle at the intersection of First Avenue and Cermak Road on Nov. 20 about 5:40 p.m.

The impact was hard enough that the front driver’s side wheel of Abarca’s vehicle was broken off and the front end sustained serious damage. No one was injured in the crash, according to the report.

Police stated Abarca appeared intoxicated and failed sobriety tests. In addition to the felony DUI charge, Abarca was also cited for driving without a valid license and other traffic offenses.

Riverside police charged a 34-year-old Oak Park man with drunken driving and aggravated speeding after an officer stopped him for allegedly driving 81 mph in a 35 mph zone while northbound on First Avenue from Forest Avenue about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 30.

Police also reported recovering a plastic cup containing an alcoholic beverage from the center console of the man’s gray Chevy as well as three small plastic bags containing cannabis.

The man told police he was going home after attending a get-together with co-workers at an establishment in Brookfield. In the man’s pocket, according to police was a receipt from a Brookfield bar with charges for 11 drinks, including hard liquor and beer.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 20-Dec. 2, 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