At least three people broke into numerous storage containers and units at a Brookfield trucking yard during the early morning hours of April 26, cutting locks, rummaging through containers and stealing items for about a half hour before being scared off by an alarm after prying open the overhead garage door to one of the units.
Security video reportedly showed that the offenders arrived at 9100 Plainfield Road in a silver vehicle at around 3:10 a.m. Three people are seen moving among and entering shipping containers in the yard, removing items and placing them in their vehicle.
At about 3:45 a.m. the offenders are seen lifting an overhead garage door. Two offender entered the garage briefly but quickly exit and run to the area where their vehicle was parked. The vehicle is last seen turning right on Plainfield Road toward 47th Street.
Among the items taken from the containers were a Honda generator valued at $1,500 and four 5-ton capacity chain falls each valued at between $1,500 and $2,000. Police also reported finding that an overhead garage door window to another storage area had been smashed, though no entry was gained, apparently.
North Riverside police charged a 56-year-old Chicago man with disorderly conduct after he allegedly exposed himself to a 40-year-old Cicero woman inside Burlington, 2208 Harlem Ave. on April 27 at about 8:05 p.m.
The victim told police the man followed her inside the store, asking “Are you a model?” before exposing himself to her on the sales floor. Police arrested the alleged offender in the store’s parking lot.
Trespassing at motel
Brookfield police cited a 36-year-old Lyons man for trespassing after he allegedly spent a night, free of charge, inside a room at the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., crawling in through an open window around 1:15 a.m. on April 29.
Security video showed the man checking second-floor doors and windows of the east wing and entering one room when he found a window unlocked. Later that morning a motel employee reported seeing the man exit the room and leave the property. The man reportedly had defecated in the room’s bathtub.
After Brookfield police sent out a bulletin with an image of the suspect, a police officer in another agency reportedly identified him, leading to the man’s arrest.
A 29-year-old Brookfield man faces drunken driving charges after he reported blacked out while behind the wheel of his 2017 Volkswagen and drove it off the road, up onto the parkway and over a stop sign before striking a tree at the intersection of Washington and Prairie avenues on April 29 at about 1:20 a.m.
The driver wasn’t seriously injured, according to police, but he was transported to the hospital due to the severity of the crash. The driver reportedly told police he had been with co-workers in Bolingbrook and remembered exiting I-55, blinking and then opening his eyes to find the airbags deployed inside his car.
In addition to driving under the influence, he was cited for damage to village property, operating an uninsured vehicle and other traffic offenses.
Brookfield police responded to the 4000 block of Maple Avenue on April 26 after a resident of the block called to report that for the prior three days someone had been stealing brick pavers from his backyard during the overnight hours.
During that time, two or three dozen bricks, each worth about $15, had been removed from the carport of his property, the victim said. Prior to leaving, the responding officer helped the victim relocate the remaining bricks closer to his residence to discourage further thefts.
A resident of the 3500 block of Woodside Avenue, Brookfield, called police on May 1 just before noon to report that someone had just tried to steal his lawnmower.
The resident said he left the mower unattended in front of his closed overhead garage door, which faces the alley. When he returned to retrieve it, he saw a man loading it into a black van.
When confronted the other man said he thought the lawnmower had been left out as scrap. He then removed the lawn mower from the van and gave it back.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 25-May 1, 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