Three teenage boys were charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle after North Riverside police responded to a call of a disturbance in the parking lot of Urban Air, 7401 25th St., on June 7 at 8:25 p.m.
Officers located the vehicle said be involved in the incident, a gray Chevy with six occupants inside, still in the parking lot. A check of the license plates showed that the car had been reported stolen by Chicago police less than 15 hours earlier.
A search of the vehicle revealed identification and credit cards belonging to two people who were not inside the vehicle at the time police arrived. Police also contacted the vehicle’s owner.
A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both of Chicago, were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and released to the custody of a parent.
Another 17-year-old Chicago boy who had prior arrests for aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery with a firearm was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and turned over to Cook County Juvenile Justice authorities.
Two 18-year-old Chicago men and a 19-year-old Chesapeake, Virginia, man were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and released on bond.
Brookfield police responded to a home in the 3200 block of Arthur Avenue on the morning of June 12 after the homeowner reported that it appeared someone had attempted to break into the residence sometime after 9 p.m. on June 11.
According to police, a nailed-shut basement window had been forced open, breaking a clothes rack just underneath it and pushing aside a dehumidifier. In addition, there were items on the floor of the basement near the window – a pair of green-frame eyeglasses, a container of sunblock and a black pen – that did not belong to the homeowners.
Nothing else in the basement appeared disturbed or missing.
Catalytic converter thefts
Suspected catalytic converter thieves were able to elude arrest on two separate occasions in Brookfield during a four-day period in which the devices were stolen from nine vehicles.
On June 9 at about 4:20 a.m. a crew of thieves in a silver Nissan who had jacked up and sawed through a catalytic converter on a 2004 Hyundai in the 3900 block of Grove Avenue fled after a neighbor woke up from the noise and shouted at them. The catalytic converter of a 2019 Nissan van was also removed during the overnight hours in the 4400 block of DuBois Boulevard.
Brookfield police also reported two catalytic converter theft reports on June 7 in the 4000 block of Grove Avenue and the on June 8 in the 4200 block of Deyo Avenue.
Police reported four incidents, possibly all related, during the overnight hours of June 9-10 in the 3600 block of Rosemear Avenue, the 3500 block of McCormick Avenue, the 3800 block of Hollywood Avenue and the 8500 block of Brookfield Avenue.
A resident of the 3600 block of Rosemear Avenue called police at 3:16 a.m. on June 10 to report a black Dodge Charger being involved in the catalytic converter theft there. Police responded and an officer located the Charger, which took off at high speed, colliding with the police squad car as it fled the area at speeds reaching 90 mph on First Avenue.
North Riverside police responded to the 2500 block of 9th Avenue on the morning of June 10 after an Oak Park man called to report that during the overnight hours someone had removed the catalytic converter from the undercarriage of his 2012 Ford Escape.
A resident of the 500 block of East Parkway Road, Riverside, called police on June 8 to report that during the overnight hours someone had sawn the catalytic converter from his 2008 Honda Element, which was parked in the driveway of his home.
Woman allegedly attacks store manager
North Riverside police charged a 20-year-old Indianapolis woman with battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct after she attacked the 66-year-old manager of K-Stone Beauty, 7401 24th St., who told her he was calling police after the woman had knocked two merchandise displays to the ground after she felt a cashier “was giving her attitude,” police said.
The 47-year-old female cashier said the woman and others with her “came in disgruntled,” according to the police report, and called her a “bitch” after making a purchase. The cashier reportedly replied “whatever” to the woman, who then knocked over two display cases.
The alleged offender told police that the cashier called her a “bitch” as she was leaving after allegedly “giving her attitude during her entire visit,” police reported. She also stated the store manager grabbed her first, causing her to respond by punching him. The victim suffered a bruised and swollen right cheek and scratches to his back and right forearm.
DUI arrest results in weapons charge
A 29-year-old Marietta, Georgia, man faces one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon after police reported finding he was not licensed to carry the loaded 9 mm handgun in the glove box of his 2018 Chevy Malibu, which was parked with a flat tire in the 3000 block of First Avenue on June 11 at about 8:10 a.m.
According to police, the car’s owner was asleep in the passenger seat and intoxicated when officers arrived on the scene after receiving a call for a motorist assist. The front passenger side tire was flat, a spare tire was lying on the sidewalk next to the car and a lug-nut wrench was on the roof of the car. Police also reported finding an open bottle of cognac on the passenger side floor.
Officers woke up the driver, who they arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver’s license also came back as suspended in Georgia. Prior to having the vehicle towed, police searched the vehicle and found the handgun for which the driver did not possess a Firearm Owner’s ID or concealed carry permit.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 7-12, 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.