Brookfield police responded to Skadarliya, 9237 Ogden Ave., on the night of Oct. 30 after someone allegedly smashed one of the restaurant’s windows with a baseball bat while the restaurant was open and full of patrons enjoying a Halloween party.
Due to the festivities going on inside, according to police, no one actually witnessed the vandalism or heard it. A valet brought the matter to the management’s attention after seeing a broken window on the west side of the building while parking a car on that side of the property.
However, the incident was captured on security cameras in the area. That video showed a white Chevy Equinox pull into the parking lot at about 7:59 p.m. and pause briefly in front of the main entrance before proceeding to the west wide of the building.
The driver, described only as a heavyset man wearing a dark shirt, dark shorts and a green safety vest, is seen on camera getting out of the vehicle and retrieving what appears to be a baseball bat from the driver’s side rear door.
The man then walks up to the building and swings the object at it one time before getting back into his vehicle and driving away northbound on Madison Avenue toward Ogden Avenue.
Bus shelter shattered
A North Riverside public service aide on patrol on the morning of Oct. 26 reported that a glass panel of the Pace bus shelter at 26th Street and First Avenue had been shattered.
Burglary to vehicle
A resident of the 2300 block of Forest Avenue, North Riverside, called police to report that during the overnight hours of Oct. 27-28 someone entered her vehicle, which had been parked in the driveway, and ransacked the interior.
Police did not indicate whether there were any signs of forced entry to the vehicle. A pair of Adidas sneakers was reported missing from the car.
Street light knocked over
Riverside police ticketed a man, whose age and address were not provided, for numerous traffic violations after he drove his black Chevy Tahoe into a streetlight, knocking it to the ground, at the intersection of Longcommon Road and East Burlington Street and then fleeing the scene on Oct. 28 at 3:05 p.m.
A witness was able to give police a license plate number, which they traced to a man staying at the Welcome Inn, 3922 Harlem Ave. in Lyons. Two police officers went to the motel and arrested the driver, who told them someone cut him off, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. He fled, according to police, because he didn’t possess a valid driver’s license and had to get to work.
Rock through a window
North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of Forest Avenue on Oct. 31 after a resident called to report that someone had thrown a rock through her living room window.
According to police, a witness reported seeing someone wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans running from the area shortly after hearing a loud crash. A police officer located someone matching that description, but the suspect was released without being charged due to the witness not being able to positively identify him.
Planter stolen from front yard
A resident of the 100 block of Maplewood Road, Riverside, called police on the morning of Oct. 28 to report that during the overnight hours someone removed a white swan planter from the front of her residence.
Flying down Cermak
North Riverside police charged a 34-year-old Lisle man with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported observing a black Ford SUV traveling at 75 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 7700 block of Cermak Road on Nov. 1 at about 12:35 a.m.
The police officer pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver, who also was given a citation for having no proof of vehicle insurance.
Dr. Seuss come to life
A Riverside police officer on patrol on Oct. 28 at 1:40 p.m. observed a traffic backup on Northgate Road and learned it was being caused by two cars whose drivers were unwilling to back up and let the other through.
Eventually, one car gave way and reversed several feet, allowing the congestion to clear.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 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