Two liquor stores in Brookfield have been burglary targets in the past two weeks, with a third being damaged but not entered.
The latest incidents were reported during the early morning hours of Dec. 8. At about 4:40 a.m., police responded to Brook Food and Liquors, 9016 47th St., after the business alarm company sent an alert about front glass break detection.
An officer arrived to find a 1-foot hole in the glass above the door handle, however the door was still locked and it did not appear anyone gained entry. Two landscaping bricks were found on the floor of the business, just inside the door.
Then, at about 6 a.m., the owner of Leo’s Liquors, 9154 Broadway Ave., called police to report that security video, which he can access remotely, showed people inside his business.
Police arrived to find the glass front door broken and pushed in. More than 20 unbroken cognac and tequila liquor bottles were scattered outside the front door of the business, on the sidewalk, and several more broken liquor bottles were found in the 3400 block of Maple Avenue.
The Leo’s Liquors burglary, police said, may be related to a similar burglary at Phoenix Liquors, 8814 Ogden Ave., on the morning of Nov. 30. Like the Leo’s incident, the offenders used a landscaping brick to smash a 3-by-6-foot plate glass window.
Several bottles of liquor, including cognac, were taken from behind the counter. Surveillance cameras showed a vehicle that was similar to one caught on camera at Leo’s Liquors, police said.
89 mph and allegedly drunk on First Ave.
Riverside police charged a 25-year-old Chicago woman with driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated speeding after a police officer clocked her 2011 Chevy sedan going 89 mph in a 35 mph zone while northbound on First Avenue between 31st Street and Forest Avenue on Dec. 9 at about 4:25 a.m.
According to the police report, the driver told police she had been bar hopping prior to driving and believed she was not only headed southbound on First Avenue but that she was in Summit when she was stopped.
Riverside police reported two separate incidents in the past two weeks which alleged drunken drivers drove head-on toward squad cars, forcing one officer to take evasive action to avoid being struck.
The most recent incident took place on Dec. 4 just after 4 a.m. A Riverside officer who was westbound on Bloomingbank Road next to the train station reportedly had to swerve out of the way of a vehicle driving the wrong way down the one-way street toward his vehicle.
According to the police report, the driver, a 22-year-old Riverside woman, was under the influence of drugs at the time of her arrest. Police reported recovering more than 70 prescription pills and a brown substance that field tested positive for heroin.
In addition to DUI, she was charged with possession of a controlled substance and cited for traffic offenses.
On Dec. 1 at about 12:30 a.m., Riverside police charged a 38-year-old Des Plaines woman with DUI after multiple people called 911 to report someone driving very erratically while northbound on First Avenue from I-55.
As a Riverside police officer responded, he reported observing a 2013 Nissan cross the center line and drive directly at him before swerving back into the correct lane. The officer did a U-turn and was able to stop the woman at 31st Street.
Police later learned that Illinois State Police had broadcast an emergency notice at about midnight warning of a motorist who was all over the road while eastbound on I-55. Police said it was the same vehicle later stopped in Riverside.
Shooting at squirrels
A North Riverside police officer on patrol near Komarek School on Nov. 28 at about 1:25 p.m. reported a man with a rifle on the parkway a few houses east of the school on 24th Street.
The officer reported seeing the man raise his rifle and shoot across the street, at which time the officer approached the man and asked what he was doing. The man replied that he was shooting his BB gun at squirrels on a bird feeder across the street in order to scare them away.
After verifying the weapon was a BB gun, the officer issued the man a citation for disorderly conduct.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 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