North Riverside police on June 2 saved the life of a 23-year-old Oswego man by administering several doses of an opioid antidote after he reportedly overdosed on heroin inside a vehicle parked in the lot outside Aldi, 2000 Harlem Ave.

Police responded to the parking lot at about 5:10 p.m. after someone called to report a man and a woman yelling in the parking lot near Harlem Avenue. Upon arriving, police learned that the driver of vehicle had injected himself with heroin several minutes earlier and was suffering an overdose.

Officers removed the driver from the vehicle, placed him on the pavement and administered four doses of Narcan before the man responded. Paramedics transported him to Loyola University Medical Center.

While on the scene, police learned that the male passenger of the vehicle, a 27-year-old Downers Grove man, was wanted on a warrant for driving on a suspended license. He was taken into custody.

The female passenger, a 23-year-old Willowbrook woman, was not charged. Police reported removing multiple used syringes from the vehicle.


Phishing scam defrauds Brookfield company

Brookfield police reported on May 31 that an online phishing scheme had resulted in the company being defrauded of nearly $367,000 that the company thought was being paid to a regular vendor.

Officials at Sweetener Supply, 9501 Southview Ave., contacted police to report that someone posing as the vendor emailed the company, asking them to pay their account due, but using bank account information that was different than normal. The company made two payments totaling $368,682.

A week later, the vendor indicated it had never received any payments from the company. 

The company has filed an insurance claim to recoup funds and also have filed a complaint with the FBI.


Vacant store’s doors kicked in

North Riverside police responded to the former Toy R Us at 7451 Cermak Road on May 27 at about 7:25 p.m. to investigate a report of three people kicking in the glass front doors of the vacant commercial building.

When police arrived, they observed the doors to be shattered and detained three boys, two of whom reportedly confessed to breaking the glass doors. The third was not involved, police said.

The two offenders, one from Berwyn and one from Schaumburg, were given local ordinance citations for vandalism. 


Vehicle break-ins

North Riverside police arrested two people suspected of unlawfully opening and rummaging through the trunk of a vehicle parked in the 8100 block of 26th Street on May 27 at about 12:10 a.m.

Police responded to the scene after someone heard voices outside, looked out the window and saw two people standing near the rear of the vehicle with an open trunk. The two then began walking westbound on 26th Street, where police detained them.

Nothing was missing from the vehicle, but police cited a 16-year-old Brookfield girl for criminal trespass to a vehicle. The other person, a 19-year-old North Riverside woman, initially gave police a false name, but police learned her identity by checking fingerprint records.

They also learned she was wanted on four warrants — two for assault, one for drug possession and one for theft. She was also criminally charged for criminal trespass to a vehicle and obstruction.

Brookfield police responded to the 8800 block of 45th Place at about 12:20 p.m. on June 2 after a resident called to report that someone had smashed out the passenger side front window of his vehicle and removed a radar detector that had been mounted on the windshield.


Mystery package

A Riverside resident on June 1 turned over to police a package that had been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, because she said she was not expecting it. The woman told police she had ordered a book from Amazon, but the package she’d received was much too thin to hold the book.

Police checked the origin of the package, tracing it to a shipping warehouse in San Bernardino, California. The officer then called the phone number on the package, which connected him to the Riverside woman’s phone. The officer then opened the package and saw it contained a saw blade.

It turned out that the woman’s husband, a retired carpenter, had ordered the saw blade, but hadn’t told his wife.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 27-June 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