Catalytic converter thieves were back at in Brookfield last week – and hitting mainly the south end of the village – with six vehicles targeted over two days.
All but one of the incidents was reported to have taken place during the overnight hours of Feb. 9-10. Unlike previous sprees, which targeted either Toyotas or older Hondas almost exclusively thieves went after different makes this time around.
On the morning of Feb. 8, a resident of the 4400 block of Maple Avenue reported that the catalytic converter was removed from a 2019 Nissan cargo van.
Police then responded to five calls on Feb. 10, with one of the victims able to capture at least part of the theft on security camera video. Three of the vehicles targeted on Feb. 9-10 were Hyundai models, with the other two being a 2012 Ford Escape and a 2000 Jeep.
The incidents occurred in the 4200 block of Raymond Avenue, the 4100 block of Deyo Avenue, the 4500 block of Blanchan Avenue, the 9500 block of Congress Park Avenue and the 9100 block of 28th Street.
The victim on Raymond Avenue obtained security camera video showing a sedan pulling up next to their vehicle at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 10. Someone is seen getting out of the sedan and then doing something near the victim’s vehicle. The video did not show the entire incident, police said.
A 27-year-old Berwyn man flagged down a police officer at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Feb. 6 at 3:20 p.m. to report that someone had stolen the catalytic converter from his Mitsubishi Outlander, which was parked in the east lot near the food court entrance.
The victim told police the theft took place sometime after 1 p.m. According to police, mall security conducting a camera review on a separate catalytic converter theft at about 1 p.m. showed that a silver sedan was involved in the theft. Two people wearing masks were observed tampering with the vehicle.
Tracks are not a street
Riverside police called a tow truck on Feb. 8 just around 7:30 p.m. after responding to the Canadian National Railway tracks on 26th Street and seeing a vehicle stuck on them. The driver, a Chicago woman, reportedly told police she believed the railroad tracks were actually a roadway.
Police notified railroad officials, who halted train traffic while a tow truck responded to the scene to remove the vehicle from the tracks. The driver was cited for driving off the roadway.
Car warming up is stolen
North Riverside police responded to the 7800 block of 26th Street on Feb. 8 just before 8 a.m. after a resident called to report that someone had stolen her 2021 Infiniti QX550, which had been left running and unattended while warming up.
The victim said she turned on the vehicle ignition remotely at about 7:40 a.m. About 15 minutes later she noticed the vehicle was gone.
In what may be a related incident, a resident of the 2500 block of Forest Avenue – near the site of the auto theft — called police on the morning of Feb. 8 to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle and removed a wallet that had been left inside.
The victim on Forest Avenue also had left her vehicle running to warm up, but it was no longer running when she returned to it a short time later. The victim also told police a cellphone that did not belong to her was found on the driver’s seat.
A security camera at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, reportedly captured video of someone burglarizing the Buckle Up kiosk prior to 11:40 a.m. on Feb. 8.
The owner of the kiosk called police at about 11:40 a.m. after arriving to open the kiosk for business that day and finding an unknown amount of cash and pieces of costume jewelry taken from it. The kiosk had been secured by a tarp by an employee the night before at 8:30 p.m.
Security video reportedly showed a heavyset man wearing sunglasses, a white T-shirt, black pants and a Chicago Cubs hat at the kiosk around 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 8.
Brookfield police responded to the 3500 block of Oak Avenue on the morning of Feb. 7 after a resident called to report that a 2005 Honda Harmony snow blower had been stolen from her garage.
Police said that there were pry marks around the door latch. The last time the victim remembered seeing the snow blower in the garage was about Feb. 1.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 6-13, 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