A spate of catalytic converter thefts in Brookfield continued last week with offenders targeting local businesses where multiple vehicles are parked overnight.

Police on the morning of Oct. 18 responded to Galloping Ghost Garage, 9521 Ogden Ave., after the manager called to report that sometime after Oct. 15 the catalytic converters had been removed from six vehicles parked in spaces along the alley outside the business.

Brookfield police also responded to Gear and Repair, 9100 Plainfield Road, on the morning of Oct. 22 after someone called to report that someone had stolen the catalytic converter from a camper that was parked in the lot sometime after Oct. 18.

While investigating that theft, another person at the business notified police that a portion of an exhaust system had been removed from another RV on the lot. That vehicle had been last seen intact about a week earlier.

North Riverside police responded to the parking lot of Petco, 2204 Harlem Ave., on Oct. 19 at about 2:20 p.m. after someone called to report that while he was in the store for just five minutes, someone had sawed off the catalytic converter from his 2021 Ford, which was parked in the lot.

DUI crash

Brookfield police charged a 44-year-old Chicago man with driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly crashed his black 2008 Lexus into three vehicles in the 9000 block of Burlington Avenue on Oct. 19 at 2:10 a.m.

According to police, the Lexus was eastbound on Burlington Avenue when he struck a gray Honda CR-V and a silver Subaru Forester that had been parked on the north side of Burlington Avenue and then crashed into a Nissan Altima head on, pushing that vehicle up onto the railroad embankment.

Police reported that the driver of the Lexus was not injured but appeared heavily intoxicated and did not know what town he was in, telling officers he had been at a bar “on 17th” where he had gotten into a verbal altercation with someone he knew.

Paramedics transported the driver to the hospital for evaluation, where a blood test reportedly revealed the man’s blood-alcohol content to be .207, which is more than two times the legal limit of .08.

A 24-year-old Brookfield woman whose 2021 Jeep rolled over onto its side after striking a Ford SUV parked in the 3300 block of Park Avenue on Oct. 22 about 2:05 a.m. was not injured in the crash.

Police, however, charged the woman with DUI after firefighters extricated her from the vehicle. They also reported finding an open can of hard cider inside the vehicle.

Church vandalized

An employee of the International Fellowship Church, 9146 Lincoln Ave., Brookfield, called police on the morning of Oct. 20 to report that, sometime after 9 p.m. on Oct. 18, an unknown person or people vandalized the church building.

A dark-colored liquid had been sprayed on windows on the north, south and west sides of the church, and police reported observing “various acts of criminal damage and mischievous conduct” all around the church building.

Police reported finding “candy canes and condoms” by two of the doors and a toy goat skeleton placed on the front door handles.

A witness told police her husband had observed juveniles hanging out on the east side of the church on multiple occasions, but that he’d never observed them doing any mischief.

Garage burglary

A resident of the 4200 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered his garage and stole two Black and Decker drills, a tool and socket set and two bicycles. The bikes were described as an old green mountain bike and a black Vilano Diverse 1.0 Performance Hybrid 21-speed road bike valued at $350.

The victim said it was possible the overhead garage door had been left open by mistake. There were no signs of forced entry.

Auto theft

A resident of the 8400 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, called police on Oct. 23 to report that between 7 and 8:45 p.m. someone had stolen his red 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which was parked in its normal spot at the building.

The victim stated he had both sets of keys in his possession. Police reported seeing no signs of forced entry at the site where the vehicle had been parked.

Vehicle break-in

North Riverside police responded to the building site of a new grocery store at 7201 24th Street on Oct. 20 after a worker called to report that, sometime between 6 and 7:05 a.m., someone had broken out the rear passenger side window of his vehicle, which was parked in the lot, and removed two wallets containing IDs, credit cards and debit cards.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 18-24, 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