A Brookfield police officer interrupted a catalytic converter crew in the act in the 4600 block of Maple Avenue at about 12:35 a.m. on Nov. 28 but broke off a brief pursuit after getting a license plate number and information off the fleeing vehicle, which blew through a couple of stop signs before driving away eastbound on Ogden Avenue.

The officer, who was responding to a report of a possible catalytic converter theft in progress, reached the intersection of Maple and Sahler where he saw a cellphone light under a vehicle parked in a rear parking lot nearby.

As the officer approached the vehicle, a person got up and entered another vehicle, which drove away, ignoring the police squad’s emergency lights and sirens.

After the suspect vehicle left the scene, the officer went back to the 4600 block of Maple and found that the catalytic converter had been removed from a Mitsubishi Outlander.

Stolen vehicle recovered

The Cook County State’s Attorney approved charging a 29-year-old Chicago woman with possession of a stolen motor vehicle after a police officer reported seeing her driving the blue 2011 Infiniti at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Nov. 21 at 5:35 p.m.

The officer had run the license plate of the vehicle, and a computer check indicated it had been reported stolen in June. Police reached the registered owner, who told police the vehicle had been taken without her permission during the summer by her ex-boyfriend, who proceeded to disable the vehicle’s GPS and blocked the owner from contacting him. The woman arrested by police is reportedly the man’s present girlfriend.

Garage burglary

Brookfield police continue their investigation into a garage burglary that appears to have happened during the morning of Nov. 22 in the 9300 block of Monroe Avenue.

Multiple items were taken from the garage, including a lawn mower, leaf blower, weed whacker, hedge trimmer, a power washer, other small power tools with batteries and chargers, two REI mountain bikes and a bag of 28 Frisbees.

Police reported observing no signs of forced entry and the garage may have been entered more than once given the number of items taken.

Landscaping trailer stolen

The owner of Tulip Tree Landscaping in the 9100 block of Plainfield Road, Brookfield, went to police on the morning of Nov. 29 to report that during the early morning hours that day someone stole a trailer from the lot.

Security video reportedly showed that at about 3:15 a.m. a U-Haul truck pulled up and backed toward the trailer. One person is seen getting out of the truck and assists the driver in backing it up closer before hooking the trailer up to the U-Haul, which is last seen heading northbound on Plainfield Road.

Graffiti spree

Gang graffiti was scrawled on the rear overhead garage doors of five residences on the south end of Brookfield overnight on Nov. 26-27.

According to police, three of the garages vandalized were in the 4300 block of Deyo Avenue, one in the 4200 block of Deyo Avenue and one if the 4200 block of Raymond Avenue. 

DUI

A 35-year-old North Riverside man faces drunken driving charges after he allegedly was found passed out behind the wheel of his car on Nov. 25 at about 12:25 a.m. on Cermak Road just west of 17th Avenue.

Police stated the driver was passed out and that an open can of beer was beside him. Music was blaring from the vehicle, said police, who added they had trouble waking up the driver.

When police were able to finally rouse the driver, he reportedly began driving forward until police could get his attention and get him to stop. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests. In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, the driver was cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 22-28, 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