A 19-year-old Plainfield man told police he was jumped by four men, who beat and robbed him, during an incident on Cermak Road near Desplaines Avenue on June 13 at about 11:40 p.m.
Officers responded to a report of a fight at the intersection of Cermak Road and Keystone Avenue where they found the victim, who told them four men jumped out of a red Cadillac sedan, yelling gang slogans.
The men beat the victim and took his backpack, which contained his cellphone and a debit card. The vehicle was last seen headed eastbound on Cermak Road. North Riverside police notified Berwyn police of the vehicle, but it was not located.
The victim later called North Riverside police to report that his debit card was used at an ATM in Cicero. Police also indicated there was a second victim, a 17-year-old from North Riverside, but there was no further information on that person.
Stolen plate linked to crimes
A Brookfield woman went to police on June 15 to report that someone had stolen a license plate from her 2006 Chevy after Naperville police called her to report that a vehicle displaying the plate had been involved in a series of retail thefts there.
The stolen plates had been affixed to a black Volkswagen, police reported. The Brookfield woman was advised by Naperville police to check her vehicle, which was parked behind her residence. The rear license plate was missing, she told police.
Naperville police reported that they did not have anyone in custody. However, they did have a possible suspect, a Naperville officer told Brookfield police.
Catalytic converters sawn from buses
An employee of UCP Seguin called Brookfield police on the afternoon of June 14 to report that someone had removed the catalytic converter from beneath their transport van, which was parked on Windemere Avenue near Maple Avenue during the overnight hours of June 12-13.
Brookfield police also responded to Community Support Services, 9021 Ogden Ave., on June 15 after an employee called to report that someone had removed the catalytic converter from the undercarriage of their 2021 Ford Cutaway bus.
The employee told police she was unsure when the device was stolen. Brookfield has experienced a rash of catalytic converter thefts in the past two weeks, with nine reported between June 7 and June 10.
The owner of the 26th Street Garage, 2600 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, called police on June 13 to report that during the overnight hours of June 12-13 someone had removed the catalytic converter from a vehicle he had been servicing.
A 30-year-old Forest Park man was charged with aggravated speeding after a North Riverside police officer reported observing an orange Dodge Charger traveling at 85 mph in a 35 mph zone northbound on First Avenue from 26th Street on June 13 at 4 p.m.
The police officer curbed the vehicle after it turned east onto Cermak Road. The driver also informed the officer he possessed a concealed carry permit and that there was a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun in the glove box of the vehicle. The officer secured the handgun after arresting the man, returning it to him after he bonded out.
North Riverside police charged a 30-year-old Chicago man with aggravated speeding after an officer stopped him for allegedly driving his gray Honda Accord at 80 mph in a 35 mph zone while eastbound in the 7700 block of Cermak Road on June 18 at about 5:30 p.m.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 13-19, 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