North Riverside police responded to Zeigler Ford, 2100 Harlem Ave., on April 18 at about 8:20 p.m. after a security employee called to report that an unknown man had just shattered a glass door at the dealership.

The employee told police he was seated in his vehicle near the Harlem Avenue entrance when he observed a man walk up to the main entrance doors. After pausing briefly, the man struck the glass door with an unknown object, shattering it.

The offender was last seen walking southbound along Harlem Avenue. Police did not locate a suspect.

Catalytic converters stolen

The catalytic converters were sawn off of two vehicles parked on the far west end of North Riverside last week, police have reported.

A resident of the 2200 block of 17th Avenue contacted police on the morning of April 19 to report that during the overnight hours someone had removed the catalytic converter from his 2015 Mitsubishi, which was parked at the rear of the property.

A resident of the 2300 block of 15th Avenue also called to report that during the early morning hours of April 19 someone had removed the catalytic converter from her 2008 Toyota, which was parked in front of her residence.


Riverside police charged a 27-year-old Lyons woman with driving under the influence of alcohol after an officer reported her driving 58 mph in a 25-mph zone along East Burlington Street west from Harlem Avenue on April 10 at about 4:10 a.m.

Police pulled over the woman’s vehicle on North Cowley Road. According to police, the driver appeared intoxicated and a male passenger inside the vehicle had an open cognac bottle next to his leg. Police also reported recovering a small bag of cannabis from the vehicle’s center console.

Brookfield police charged a 28-year-old Lyons man with DUI and other offenses after he allegedly lost control of his gray 2007 Acura sedan and drove it into the front of a residence in the 9400 block of Congress Park Avenue on April 13 just after 2 a.m.

According to the police report, the alleged offender denied being behind the wheel at the time of a crash but admitted he jumped from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat in order to try to back the car away from the house. However, the car had sustained serious front-end damage and both front tires were flat. A witness reported seeing another person leaving the scene of the crash.

The man arrested by police told officers that another vehicle described as a Dodge Challenger was also involved in the incident, and a witness told police that a silver sports car might be involved. Police did locate a silver Ford Mustang with side damage driving southbound on Deyo Avenue, but they were unable to confirm it was involved.

Online dog breeder scam

A 61-year-old Brookfield woman called police on April 23 to report that she was the victim of an online scam.

The woman told police she was in the market to buy a border collie and had come across a breeder online who appeared to be legitimate. The breeder asked the woman to use an app to send $600 for the puppy and $200 for shipping.

The woman did as instructed but was later advised the shipping crate was not authorized by the airline and instructed to send an additional $1,300 to upgrade the crate. At that time the woman asked for a refund but has not gotten a response.

Driver eludes police after 90 mph chase

North Riverside police say they are looking for a black Jeep Cherokee in connection with a high-speed pursuit during the early morning hours of April 19 in North Riverside, Berwyn and Oak Park.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle at around 12:30 a.m. after seeing the Jeep, which had no front license plate and heavily tinted windows, at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

The driver of the Jeep sped away, disregarding multiple stop signs and red lights before racing north on Harlem Avenue at 90 mph to the I-290 ramp where the Jeep headed east and police terminated the pursuit.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 10-24, 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