After responding to the alley behind the 8800 block of 24th Street, North Riverside, for a report of shots fired late on July 21, police learned that one of the rounds had struck a garage in the alley.

No person was struck by gunfire. A resident of the block called police just before midnight to report finding two shell casings on the ground in the alley toward the west end of the block.

That resident also told police they had security camera video that showed a dark colored sedan driving eastbound through the alley. The vehicle then stops and an unknown person exits the passenger side of the vehicle, when the video ends.

At about 10:05 a.m. on July 22, another resident of the block called police to report finding a bullet hole in her garage and a bullet lying on the floor inside the garage. Police noted that the bullet had struck a wood beam in the garage. Nothing else inside the garage appeared to be damaged.

Police checked the area for bullet holes in other structures but were unable to locate any.

Burglary

• Brookfield police responded to Cantata Adult Life Services, 8700 31st St., on the afternoon of July 20 after a woman called to report that someone had burglarized her vehicle.

The victim told police she parked her car in the lot there at about 9:15 a.m. When she returned at about 3:30 p.m., she noticed the front passenger side window shattered and a purse that had been sitting in plain view on the seat missing.

Security camera video reportedly showed a silver sedan pull into the parking lot and park next to the victim’s vehicle at about 2 p.m. Someone exits the sedan and is seen standing next to the passenger side door before getting back into the silver sedan about 30 second later and driving away.

• A resident of the 4200 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, called police on July 21 to report that someone had entered her garage and removed a bicycle sometime the previous day.

Police did not report observing signs of forced entry. The bike was described as a baby blue women’s three-speed Schwinn bicycle.

Aggravated battery

A 37-year-old LaGrange Park man found himself charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated battery, assault, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest during an altercation in the parking lot of Chef Shangri-La, 7930 26th St. in North Riverside, on July 19 at about 9:50 p.m.

According to the police report, the altercation started verbally inside the restaurant and escalated when the offender allegedly grabbed a pair of sunglasses off of someone’s head, threw them to the ground and stomped on them.

Everyone involved was told to leave the restaurant, where the altercation continued in the parking lot. The offender allegedly grabbed a woman by her ponytail and threw her to the ground before punching another woman in the face.

When police arrived, the offender reportedly was livestreaming the scene on YouTube, taunting officers and demanding what they were charging him with if they were going to detain him.

Officers finally pulled the offender to the ground to handcuff him, and he reportedly struggled with police, allegedly kicking two of the officers and pinching another. He also reportedly said, “I’m going to kill you” to paramedics who transported him to the hospital.

Counterfeit bills

North Riverside police charged a 35-year-old Chicago man with two counts of misdemeanor battery after he allegedly pushed his way through two employees at Journeys inside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, to get to a cashier he accused of handing him counterfeit money in exchange for returning merchandise on July 21 at 5:20 p.m.

The offender allegedly returned two pairs of shoes he had purchased at a Journeys location in Bolingbrook. North Riverside employees told police the offender was given real cash in exchange. 

The offender reportedly insisted that the North Riverside cashier gave him the fake bills and that he learned they were fake only after trying to make a purchase at another mall store.

Police contacted the Bolingbrook store, where employees claimed the offender had used a combination of real and counterfeit bills when making the original shoe purchase there on July 19.

After arresting the man for battery, police reported recovering $150 in counterfeit bills (seven 20s and one 10) on the offender’s person. Police also contacted the U.S. Secret Service who interviewed the offender. It is unknown if federal agents also charged the offender.

Drag racing

North Riverside police charged a 21-year-old Brookfield man and a 22-year-old Brookfield woman with street racing and aggravated speeding after police on patrol reported observing a black Ford Mustang and a blue Yamaha motorcycle race each other at speeds hitting 75 mph on July 22 at about 8:40 p.m.

Police said both vehicles were stopped next to each other in separate lanes at a red light at the Cermak Road and 17th Avenue intersection, with the drivers talking to one another and revving the engines. 

When the light turned green, both drivers accelerated at a high rate of speed northbound on 17th Avenue with the Mustang squealing its tires and leaving burnout marks on the pavement.

After giving pursuit, police were able to curb both drivers, where they were ticketed and their vehicles towed from the scene.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 18-24, 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