An eagle-eyed employee at Wendy’s, 7200 25th St., may have foiled a plan to steal bags of money that were taken from a vehicle parked in a nearby lot and thrown over a fence into an enclosed area containing trash bins in the Wendy’s parking lot on March 25 at about 1:30 p.m.

The employee went to the Wendy’s manager after seeing a man wearing a dark-colored ballcap, a dark-colored jacket and a light blue shirt walk between the restaurant and the enclosed trash area and the throw two bags over the fence to the enclosure.

After throwing the bags over the fence, the man proceeded to make a phone call, began walking toward 25th Street and took off his cap and jacket before entering a black SUV, which pulled up for him on 25th Street.

The manager entered the trash enclosure and found the two gray Bank of America bags containing an undisclosed amount of cash.

While police were on scene at Wendy’s a call came in reporting that someone had broken into a vehicle parked in the lot at Raising Cane’s, 2514 Harlem Ave., and removed two bags containing cash.


Alarm pulled for laughs

North Riverside police and firefighters responded to Sliccily, 8415 Cermak Road, on March 27 at about 11:05 p.m. after someone pulled a fire alarm inside the business.

A witness told police that he observed a man pull the alarm before laughing and sitting back down with a group of friends.

The suspect had left the establishment prior to police arriving, but officers located a man matching the description inside a nearby tavern. The man, whose age and address were not provided to the Landmark, reportedly was highly intoxicated and told police he thought pulling the alarm would be funny.

An officer cited him for disorderly conduct.


Disorderly conduct

Riverside police cited a 53-year-old Riverside woman for disorderly conduct after she allegedly made racist and anti-Buddhist comments toward a married couple riding the Metra train on their way to a religious ceremony on April 6 at about 3:15 p.m.

The victims told police that the offender was seated a few rows ahead of them on the train and for some unknown reason began directing comments toward them she then got into the female victim’s face, reportedly attempting to slap her. The victims were being accompanied by their two small children, according to the police report.

Police reported that the offender appeared intoxicated. Paramedics took her to MacNeal Hospital for treatment after police wrote her a ticket for disorderly conduct. The victims said they did not wish to pursue criminal charges against the woman.

Brookfield police charged a 45-year-old Wheeling man with disorderly conduct and requested the assistance of a mental health professional after two teenage girls reported that the man told them he directed porn films and asked if they wanted to be actresses as  they walded along the 9200 block of Ogden Avenue on April 7 at around 7 p.m.

The man, who was wearing a red hat and a Pac-Man shirt emblazoned with the words “eat me,” reportedly was trying to “hit on” the girls, asking how old they were and telling them they were “goddesses.”

The girls told police they tried to ignore him, but the man reportedly followed them until patrons sitting outside at a restaurant intervened, allowing the girls to quickly walk away.

Police located the man and reported that he was carrying a “wooden tire thumper,” a flashlight, a pocket knife and a silver-colored toy gun. He reportedly appeared to be mentally unstable was eventually taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 25-April 8, 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