Cash and numerous bottles of liquor were stolen from Phoenix Liquors, 8814 Ogden Ave., during a smash-and-grab burglary on Sept. 30 at about 1:40 a.m., the second such burglary at the business in the past nine months.

According to police, surveillance camera video showed three people casing the liquor store a little after 1 a.m., walking past the front and side windows and then entering a vehicle parked in the 4000 block of Grove Avenue.

At about 1:35 a.m. two people exit the vehicle and walk around to the front of the business where they smashed out the bottom half of the glass front door to gain entry. One of the offenders is seen on video taking cash from the register while the other grabs liquor bottles from the shelves and places them into large plastic bags.

The two are then seen returning to the vehicle parked on Grove Avenue. The vehicle was last seen heading east on Ogden Avenue. A witness told police the vehicle appeared to be a white 2005 Chrysler 300.

A burglary crew last hit Phoenix Liquors on Jan. 14, when three men used a chunk of concrete to smash the glass front door to gain entry. They took cash from one register and stole a second cash register.

The offenders in that incident were believed to be part of a burglary crew responsible for dozens of burglaries in Chicago and the suburbs at that time.

  • Riverside police are “actively” investigating the report of a residential burglary discovered Sept. 26 at about 12:35 p.m. in the 200 block of Waubansee Road.

Few details regarding the burglary are known at this time as Riverside police declined to provide the Landmark with a copy of the report, citing the ongoing investigation. The Landmark has learned that entry to the residence appeared to have been gained by someone forcing open a rear door.

Vehicle break-in

Brookfield police responded to the 3200 block of Park Avenue on the morning of Sept. 29 after a resident called to report that his vehicle, which was parked on the garage apron overnight, had been burglarized.

According to police, the offender smashed out the passenger side rear window to gain entry, ransacked the interior and removed some cash from the center console.

Car stolen in Riverside

Riverside police responded to the 200 block of Desplaines Avenue on the morning of Oct. 1 with homeowners there reporting that their gray 2018 Infiniti Q50 had been stolen overnight from the driveway.

According to the police report, there was broken glass next to a fence where the vehicle had been parked. The victims still possessed both fobs for the vehicle. License plate reading cameras last observed the vehicle heading north on I-90/94 at about 6:34 a.m.

One injured in Plainfield Road crash

A 30-year-old Chicago man was charged with driving without a valid license and failure to yield after he reportedly drove a 2021 Ford F350 pickup truck belonging to a landscaping company out of a parking lot and into a 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan driven by a 22-year-old Chicago woman who was southbound in the 9100 block of Plainfield Road on Sept. 30 at about 4 p.m.

The driver of the truck was unhurt. Paramedics transported the driver of the Volkswagen to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Aggravated speeding

North Riverside police charged a 26-year-old Oak Park man with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported observing a black Honda CR-V traveling at 76 mph in a 35-mph zone while eastbound in the 8200 block of Cermak Road on Oct. 2 at about 3:30 p.m. 

The driver reportedly told the officer he was driving so fast because he “had to use the bathroom very badly.” He was also cited for driving a vehicle with expired registration.


  • Riverside police charged a 30-year-old Plainfield woman with drunken driving after an officer on patrol reported observing her behind the wheel of a red Chevy with its hazard lights flashing traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic in the 8000 block of Ogden Avenue on Sept. 25 at 11:55 p.m.
  • The officer stopped the vehicle at Plainfield Road and Ogden Avenue and talked to the driver who reportedly said she was trying to travel to Cicero and was lost. Her blood-alcohol content reportedly was .18, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

A 29-year-old Cicero man faces felony drunken driving charges after he was pulled over on Oct. 1 at about 2:20 a.m. for driving 53 mph in a 35-mph zone while eastbound on Cermak Road near Desplaines Avenue.

The alleged offender, Jesus Estrada, reportedly gave police a false name initially. He subsequently provided his real name and police learned he had a suspended license and had two prior DUI charges. While his blood-alcohol content of .067 was less than the legal limit of .08, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Estrada with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. He was also charged with obstruction and issued six traffic citations.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 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