North Riverside police responded to the video gambling parlor Lucky Day Gaming, 8400 26th St., on June 2 at about 1:55 a.m. after receiving word of multiple alarms and glass breaks, indicating a burglary in progress.
The person who called 911 reportedly told police there were possibly four people inside the gaming parlor, but all apparently had fled by the time police arrived on scene. Police also reported seeing no broken glass and that the building was secure, although an ATM inside the building appeared to have been tampered with.
Police later learned that two people wearing light-colored hoodies, masks and gloves had entered the building. They also reported finding pry marks on the south entrance door and pry marks on two machines inside the building.
One ATM had been pried open about three inches, but no money was missing from it, according to the police report. The offenders failed to pry open the second machine.
Unlawful use of a weapon
Brookfield police served an emergency order of protection on May 26 to a 38-year-old man who allegedly had made threats using a firearm to a Brookfield woman. Police also charged the man with unlawful use of a weapon after finding a handgun and loaded magazine inside the car he was driving to the victim’s home that day to pick up some belongings.
Police performing a premises check on the victim’s home on May 26 at about 11:40 p.m. reported seeing the man’s vehicle driving down the block. Officers stopped the man, learning later that there was a handgun and magazine inside the vehicle, within reach of the driver’s seat. The man reportedly does not possess a concealed carry permit.
They arrested the man for that offense while an officer went inside to retrieve the man’s belongings, which included another 9 mm handgun, ammunition and other items.
Fire guts Brookfield garage
A fire investigator told Brookfield police that the cause of a garage fire in the 4100 block of Park Avenue early on the morning of June 6 was “undetermined” but that there did not appear to be any signs of foul play.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene at about 3:40 a.m., finding the wood frame two-story garage directly east of the home to be “engulfed in flames.” A detached garage next door also appeared to have sustained fire damage and nearby power lines were burning and popping.
The owner of the property where the fire was located was out of town, police reported. Officers evacuated two other nearby homes and warned a third evacuation might be necessary if the fire spread further.
Firefighters had the fire under control by about 4:10 a.m. and ComEd arrived on scene to shut off power at about 4:20 a.m. Firefighters were able to clear the scene around 5:55 a.m.
Speeding stop results in gun, drug charges
Lucian Jimenez, 23, of Stickney, faces felony weapons and drug charges after a North Riverside police officer arrested him for allegedly driving his silver BMW sedan at 70 mph while eastbound on Cermak Road from the 8200 block on June 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Police stopped Jimenez in the 7900 block of Cermak Road, where he reportedly admitted smoking cannabis prior to getting behind the wheel of the car, whose interior smelled strongly of cannabis, police said.
After arresting Jimenez for aggravated speeding, police searched his vehicle and reported recovering about 250 grams of cannabis, about 57 grams of psychedelic mushrooms and a Glock 9 mm pistol loaded with six rounds. Jimenez does not have a concealed carry permit or Firearm Owner’s ID, police said.
In addition to felony unlawful use of a weapon, Jimenez was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and felony possession of between 100 and 500 grams of cannabis.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 26-June 6, 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