Brookfield police responded to Phoenix Liquors, 8814 Ogden Ave., at about 4:05 a.m. after an interior motion alarm was activated inside the store. An officer arriving at the scene observed the lower pane of the glass front door shattered.
The business owner told police that an older beige cash register was missing from the counter along with $500 from another register.
Security video showed a white newer model Jeep Grand Cherokee with a large sunroof drive past the business westbound and then do a U-turn, stopping just in front of the front door.
Three men are seen exiting the vehicle. They then retrieve a large chunk of concrete from the vehicle and use it to smash the glass door to gain entry. After about 65 seconds they are seen exiting the store with a cash register. The vehicle was last seen eastbound on Ogden Avenue.
Police learned that the same vehicle was involved in the burglary of a store in the 2900 block of North Harlem Avenue in Elmwood Park at about 5:20 a.m. that same morning and that those involved are likely part of a crew believed responsible for between 75 and 100 burglaries in Chicago and the suburbs.
Riverside murder suspect still awaits extradition
Carl Curry, 33, suspected of fatally shooting two people inside a Riverside apartment last November will remain in a Massachusetts jail for at least another month.
A spokeswoman from the Barnstable County District Court told the Landmark that a pretrial hearing slated for late last week had been rescheduled to Feb. 15. Curry, who had fled the Chicago area after the shooting and was taken into custody at a family member’s home in Hyannis, Massachusetts, is being held on a charge of being a fugitive from justice.
Curry is suspected of shooting Jeremy Lane, 38, and Tiata Johnson, 31, in the bedroom of Lane’s third-floor apartment at 63 Forest Ave. on Nov. 13.
Traffic stop yields drug, weapons charges
A routine traffic stop in North Riverside on Jan. 12 at about 9:20 p.m. ended with a 30-year-old Chicago man being charged with felony drug and weapons offenses.
An officer on patrol reported that an Audi A6 with tinted windows and expired license plates passed his squad car while southbound in the 2100 block of Harlem Avenue. During the ensuing traffic stop, the driver reportedly admitted to the officer he was in possession of “half a P” of cannabis which he did not purchase at a dispensary.
Police also asked the driver, who possessed a concealed-carry firearm license, if he was armed. The driver indicated he was and police reported recovering an immediately accessible 9 mm pistol loaded with hollow-point rounds between the driver’s seat and center console.
In addition to the cannabis, which weighed a little more than one pound, police reported recovering 1.32 grams of ketamine, a controlled substance, inside the vehicle.
The Cook County State’s Attorney approved charging the driver, identified as Gabriel Perez, with a felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
A resident of the 3100 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, went to police last week to report that sometime during the overnight hours of Jan. 11-12, someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street, ransacked the glove box and center console and removed a black and white Adidas duffel bag from the rear cargo area.
The bag contained prescription medications, an Amazon Fire tablet and clothing, according to the police report.
Catalytic converter theft
Brookfield police responded to the 4400 block of Prairie Avenue on Jan. 15 after a resident called to report that sometime during the overnight hours the catalytic converter had been sawn from the undercarriage of his 2002 Honda Accord, which was parked on the street.
The theft took place in the same area of Brookfield where nearly a dozen vehicles had their catalytic converters stolen overnight on Jan. 4-5. All of the vehicles targeted that night were also Hondas, all models dating from 2009 or older.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 10-16, 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