Brookfield police are investigating the burglary of roughly $150,000 in concert sound and lighting equipment stolen from a pair of transit vans parked in a storage garage in the 9300 block of 47th Street sometime prior to Feb. 21.
Among the items stolen in the burglary, said police, were amplifiers and stage lighting which are rented out to concert venues. The equipment had been stored inside two vans that had been padlocked shut.
According to police, someone appears to have used an electric- or battery-powered saw or grinder to saw off the locks to gain entry to the vans, which had been stored in the garage for about three weeks. There were no signs of forced entry to the storage garage, whose overhead door can only be opened from inside.
Police did report recovering a set of bolt cutters, which were unfamiliar to the victims and were found on the floor of the storage unit next to one of the vehicles. It is unclear if that device may have been used to gain entry to any area or vehicle.
Traffic stop ends in felony charges
A man on parole for armed robbery faces new felony charges for aggravated fleeing and eluding and being an armed habitual criminal after he allegedly blew through five stop signs on Riverside’s southeast side and refused to stop for police during a pursuit at modest speeds of around 32 mph on Feb. 24 at about 9:40 a.m.
Demarcus L. Franklin, 29, of Chicago, reportedly told police he didn’t stop because he knew he had a warrant for his arrest, did not have a driver’s license and was on parole. He reportedly told police the car he was driving belonged to a friend whose name he did not know.
In the vehicle, police reported recovering a suitcase with an airline tag bearing Franklin’s name. In the suitcase, police said, was a Glock 21 handgun with a laser sight and an extended 25-round magazine loaded with 23 rounds. Franklin allegedly claimed no knowledge of the contents of the suitcase.
Riverside police charged a 47-year-old LaGrange Park woman with driving under the influence of alcohol after she allegedly crashed her 2012 Volvo into an embankment at Groveland Avenue and Park Place on Feb. 20 at about 11:30 p.m.
A police officer reported observing the still-running vehicle off the roadway and the driver passed out behind the wheel. An open can of hard seltzer was in the center console, police said. When the driver tried to put the vehicle in gear to drive away, the officer reportedly broke out a window to remove the keys from the ignition.
Paramedics transported the driver to hospital due to her level of intoxication, according to police.
Catalytic converter thefts
A manager at the restaurant Skadarliya, 9237 Ogden Ave., called Brookfield police on Feb. 22 to report that sometime after 3 a.m. that morning someone had removed the catalytic converter from a business van parked in the restaurant’s lot overnight.
According to police, security cameras were able to capture video of the theft, which took place right around 3 a.m. and involved three men in a blue Mitsubishi SUV that are also believed to have been involved in a catalytic converter theft in Elmhurst on the same day.
Security video shows the Mitsubishi circling the Skadarliya property before entering the parking lot and stopping next to the restaurant’s vehicle. After one person from the Mitsubishi gets out and shines a light under the work van, another person gets out and walks to the rear of the Mitsubishi to retrieve something.
The two people are then seen using a truck jack to raise the work van off the ground to cut off the catalytic converter with a Sawzall. The Mitsubishi is later seen exiting the parking lot and heading eastbound on Ogden Avenue.
A 30-year-old Cicero woman called North Riverside police on Feb. 22 to report that someone had removed the catalytic converter from her vehicle, which had been parked in the parking garage at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.
The victim said she parked her car in the garage at about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and did not return to it until 8:30 a.m. the following morning. Security camera video showed that a gray Toyota SUV pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle on Feb. 21 at about 7:25 p.m.
A passenger is seen exiting the Toyota and ducking down under the victim’s vehicle with an unknown tool. That person then gets back into the SUV, which leaves eastbound.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 20-27, 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