Two North Riverside businesses that offer video gambling were targeted by burglars on consecutive days last week, according to police.

Officers responded to Mother’s Day Restaurant, 8815 Cermak Road, for multiple burglar alarm activations at about 4:50 a.m. on Jan. 28. Police found the east side glass door to the restaurant smashed in, with footprints in the snow heading from 9th Avenue to the east door. There were no footprints exiting the building and no tire tracks, according to police.

North Riverside officers, with assistance from Brookfield, Riverside and Broadview established a perimeter and searched the building. The video gambling ATM in the rear of the building was found damaged and opened. A small sledgehammer was found atop the machine. About $345 had been removed.

Security video showed that two people entered the building at 4:46 a.m. and exited at 4:48 a.m. Both wore masks and gloves.

On Jan. 29, police responded to Big Corner Tavern, 8405 Cermak Road, after the owners called to report a similar burglary there.

The owners told police that when they arrived to open up the bar that afternoon they discovered the rear glass door shattered. Inside they saw the video gambling ATM on the floor and called 911.

Police said the ATM was damaged and its cash cartridges were missing. Security camera video showed three men wearing masks and gloves entering the business at about 2:20 a.m. They reportedly made off with more than $14,000 in cash from the ATM.

Vehicles left to warm up stolen

A resident of the 3000 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the morning of Jan. 26 to report that her blue 2016 Ford Explorer had been stolen from her rear driveway.

The victim said she had left the vehicle to warm up with the keys inside and the door unlocked at about 6:05 a.m. About five minutes later she heard the sound of a vehicle driving through the alley and came outside at about 6:20 a.m. to find the vehicle missing.

On Jan. 28, police learned the vehicle had been located in the 9000 block of Southview Avenue. The vehicle was locked, but the victim was able to unlock it with a spare key.

Police said the interior smelled of cannabis and was in disarray, with numerous receipts strewn around, but all of the items that had been inside the vehicle when it was stolen appeared to be intact.

According to a security camera video obtained by police, it appears the vehicle was left at the location around 10:35 p.m. on Jan. 27.

North Riverside police responded to a residence on 26th Street on the morning of Jan. 26 after a resident called to report the theft of her 2013 Toyota.

The victim told police she had left the vehicle unattended and running in the parking lot of her building at about 7:30 a.m. When she returned to the vehicle at 7:45 a.m., it was gone. Police reported no signs of forced entry.

A resident of the 2500 block of Park Avenue, North Riverside, called police to report that his 2019 Chevy Trax, which he mistakenly left running and unattended, was stolen.

The victim said he had started the vehicle and left it to warm up as he shoveled snow outside the house. When he finished shoveling, he went inside and forgot he left the car running.

About an hour later, the victim went outside and found the vehicle gone. According to police, the victim had the vehicle’s GPS service locate and disable it. Police responded to the location where the vehicle was disabled, in the 3900 block of West Monroe Street in Chicago and recovered it.


North Riverside police  charged a man, whose age and hometown were not disclosed, with driving under the influence of alcohol after responding to a report of a reckless driver in the parking lot of the BP gas station at 2558 Desplaines Ave. on Jan. 26 at about 10:50 p.m.

When police arrived, an officer observed a Cadillac that had collided with a guardrail and was stuck in the snow. The driver was attempting to free the vehicle by accelerating hard and spinning the wheels.

Police said the driver appeared intoxicated and reported locating a nearly empty bottle of wine in the center console of the vehicle along with another open bottle of wine on the passenger side floor.

In addition to DUI, police charged the man with illegal transportation of open alcohol.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 24-30, 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