Brookfield police are investigating the theft of a black 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe from the driveway of a home in the 4500 block of Deyo Avenue early on July 15.

Surveillance video reportedly showed that another vehicle, a black Dodge Charger or Challenger, was involved in the theft, which took place at about 4:05 a.m. The Dodge is seen on video heading southbound on Deyo Avenue, with the Hyundai traveling about 150 feet behind.

A witness reported seeing both vehicles stopped on Sahler Avenue, with someone dumping items onto the street. Those items turned out to be paperwork and eyeglasses that had been inside the victim’s vehicle. Once the people in the vehicles noticed the witness, both cars took off westbound on Sahler Avenue and then southbound on East Avenue.

According to the police report, the victim was not sure whether the Hyundai’s key fob was inside the vehicle at the time of the theft. Police did not report any signs of forced entry.

The Hyundai was recovered in the vicinity of 76th Street and Jeffrey Boulevard in Chicago, police said.


Riverside police responded to an apartment in the first block of Forest Avenue on July 11 after a resident called to report that about a week earlier someone had stolen an Xbox videogame system, and now her cat was missing.

The victim told police that the Xbox had been stolen on July 8 when she had left her apartment door unlocked and returned about an hour later and noticed the Xbox missing. She did not report that theft at the time.

On July 11 at about 1 p.m., she noticed her cat, which she had last seen at 5 a.m., was missing and could not be found anywhere in the apartment. The victim provided police the Xbox’s serial number so they can flag it if it turns up at a pawn shop. On July 12, the victim told police that her cat had returned home.

Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 3700 block of Arthur Avenue on July 14 after a resident called to report a garage burglary. The victim told police that someone had removed window treatments valued at nearly $5,000 from the garage.

Police did not observe any obvious signs of forced entry and other items of value were left undisturbed inside the garage.

Disorderly conduct

North Riverside police were seeking to review surveillance video from a local cellphone store after a female employee reported that a customer had inappropriately touched her buttocks on July 15 around 6:35 p.m.

 The victim told police she was standing behind the service counter at the T-Mobile store inside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, assisting the customer when he reached around and touched her. The man left the store after the victim backed away and called out for a co-worker.

Police later located the alleged offender in the mall’s food court. He reportedly denied touching the woman, leading police to seek surveillance video from the T-Mobile store.

Road rage

A 52-year-old Joliet woman called Brookfield police on July 14 at about 4:35 p.m. to report she was the victim of a road rage incident in the vicinity of Maple and Grant avenues.

The woman told police she was driving southbound approaching Grant Avenue when she stopped in traffic for a reason not spelled out in the police report. A passenger in the vehicle that stopped behind her reportedly got out and threw a red drink at the rear of her vehicle.

No damage was done to the vehicle.

Fists flew last week during a traffic altercation that resulted from a near miss involving two vehicles at 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue in North Riverside, police have reported.

An officer on patrol on July 16 at about 11:35 a.m. reported seeing a traffic back up approaching 26th and Desplaines. As the officer got closer, he reported seeing several people wrestling and fighting just east of the intersection.

The fighting stopped and everyone got back into their cars as the officer arrived. During interviews with those involved, police reported learning that two vehicles had narrowly avoided a crash. The driver of a Volkswagen got out of his car and approached the other vehicle, a GMC SUV. 

The driver and passenger of the GMC got out and engaged in an argument with the driver of the Volkswagen. That escalated into a fight when one of the three kicked the bumper of a vehicle.

Other motorists then got out of their vehicles to break up the fight, police reported. No one was seriously injured, though police reported that two of those involved had sustained scratches and scrapes. Neither party wished to pursue the matter further, police said.

Vehicle break-in

A resident of the 3600 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, went to police on July 13 to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of her residence, and ransacked the interior.

Missing from the glove box was about $300 in cash. A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses was taken from the center console.


Brookfield police charged a 22-year-old Chicago man with drunken driving after he reportedly drove his red 2012 Chevy Sonic about 80 feet onto the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks on July 18 just before 1:30 a.m., forcing train traffic to be shut down for about an hour.

No one was hurt but police reported that the driver of Chevy had a blood alcohol content of .125, which is greater than the legal limit of .08. The driver also reportedly admitting he was “drinking” and “partying” before getting behind the wheel, and police reported recovering a nearly empty bottle of rum from under the front passenger seat. 

Crash injures one in Brookfield

A 25-year-old Brookfield woman suffered injuries described by police as serious during a crash between two vehicles at 31st Street and Maple Avenue on July 15 at about 10:35 p.m.

According to the police report, a GMC pickup truck westbound on 31st Street attempted to turn left onto Maple Avenue in front of an eastbound Hyundai sedan. The Hyundai could not stop in time and collided with the pickup truck before skidding off the roadway and into a utility pole at the southeast corner of the intersection.

The driver of the pickup reportedly told police he did not see the Hyundai before turning left. Paramedics treated the injured passenger of the Hyundai and took her to the hospital for treatment.

Police issued the driver of the pickup truck a citation for failure to yield while turning left. The roadway was cleared at about 11:40 p.m.

Plant thief strikes again

A resident of the 3300 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, called police on July 17 to report that for the second time this year someone stole plants from the landscaping in front of her home.

The last time plants were stolen was in May, the homeowner said.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 10-17, 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