A 46-year-old Brookfield man called police on Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. to report that a motorist got out of his vehicle, brandished a baseball bat and challenged him to a fight after the victim honked his horn at the man, who was about to blow through a stop sign at Shields and Prairie avenues. 

The victim told police he was on his way to pick up a child from Lincoln School and was getting ready to cross the intersection when an orange hatchback came northbound on Prairie and appeared ready to go through the stop sign.

After the victim honked his horn, the driver of the hatchback yelled out the window at the victim, who noticed the hatchback now traveling behind his vehicle. The victim told police he parked his car in the lot on the southwest corner of Shields and Forest and got out of his car to walk to Lincoln School.

As he walked east toward the school, the driver of the hatchback got out of his car holding a black aluminum baseball bat, striking the ground with it and challenging the victim to a fight.

The victim told the man he was calling police and the baseball bat wielding motorist got back in his vehicle and drove away northbound on Custer Avenue. 

Gun missing from Brookfield home

A resident of the 4400 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, called police last week to report that sometime between 11 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 11 p.m. on Sept. 27, someone entered his room and removed a silver Canik SFX 9 mm handgun from under his mattress.

The man said he’d only been living in the room, which he deadbolts when he’s not home, for a few weeks. Multiple people live at the residence and even more are constantly coming and going from it, according to the police report. The victim said he questioned numerous people about the missing gun, but no one knew anything about it.

Police also reported the victim’s FOID card previously had been revoked, something he said he was unaware of.

Bikes stolen

A Riverside woman called police to report that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sept. 28, someone stole a gray women’s 26-inch Nishiki Pueblo bicycle, which had been locked to the bike rack on the north side of the BNSF tracks in downtown Riverside.

Brookfield police responded to the 3100 block of Raymond Avenue on Sept. 28 after a resident called to report that two bicycles were stolen between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both bikes were locked to a wood privacy fence north of the building. The bikes were described as a men’s black and red Schwinn Hybrid, a women’s purple Schwinn with white wall tires, along with a child carrier with a yellow top.


A resident of the 2200 block of Burr Oak Avenue, North Riverside, called police on Sept. 27 just before 4 p.m. to report that an unknown bald man with tattoos on his neck and riding a black bicycle stole a Loyola Medicine hoodie from the clothes line outside the home.

North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 8600 block of 26th Street after a resident called on Sept. 27 to report the theft of an Amazon package from the front porch.

The victim got an email indicating a package had been delivered, but when a child went to retrieve it, the package was not there.

A resident of the 300 block of Lionel Road, Riverside, contacted police on the evening of Oct. 2 to report that a lawn mower and a battery charger had been stolen from his front lawn sometime between noon and 6 p.m. that day.

The resident told police a neighbor who was moving gave him the equipment and placed them on the front lawn, where the resident reported last seeing them there on the lawn at noon.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 27-Oct. 3 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