Brookfield police responded to the 3800 block of Cleveland Avenue on the morning of May 4 after a resident called to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked overnight on the street, and rummaged through the center console and glove box. Nothing appeared to be missing.

While investigating that incident, the responding officer noticed another vehicle with a door ajar parked on the street. The officer looked inside and saw the glove box and center console were open. The owner of that vehicle told police nothing of value appeared to be missing.

  • A Brookfield crossing guard called police on May 5 to report that while she was eating breakfast at a restaurant after working her morning shift at the Veterans Memorial Circle, someone entered her unlocked vehicle and removed her “Stop” sign.

Man scammed out of $550

North Riverside police continue to investigate a May 2 incident where a local resident was scammed out of $550 by two men claiming they could repair scrapes and dents on his vehicle on the cheap.

The victim told police he encountered one of the offenders at the 7-Eleven at LaGrange Road and 47th Street, where they briefly chatted before the victim drove home to North Riverside.

As he pulled up to his home, the victim saw a black Chevy Silverado pull into his driveway and the man from 7-Eleven exited and addressed him as if they’d been longtime friends.

The man said it could cost thousands to repair the dents and scratches from the victim’s vehicle but that he could do it for $700. Another man associated with the first arrived on scene and began rubbing a substance on the victim’s vehicle.

The victim told them he didn’t have $700 but could pay $500 and write a check for the rest. The men insisted on being paid in cash and offered to take the victim to the bank to withdraw money.

The victim went with one of the men to the bank, withdrawing $550 and giving it to the offender who drove him back home. At that time the man from 7-Eleven told the victim he needed to get his house tuck pointed and his driveway redone and suggested the victim take out a loan. The victim declined, the men left and the victim called police.

The white foamy substance one of the men had applied to the car, police said, appeared to be shaving cream.

DUI crash

Brookfield police charged an 18-year-old Brookfield man with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and other offenses after he allegedly drove a Ford van off the roadway and into a tree and speed limit sign in the vicinity of the intersection of Harrison and Lincoln avenues on April 28 at about 1:15 a.m.

The driver reportedly ran away and made a phone call to his mother to pick him up. Police located him about four blocks from the crash scene at Garfield and Madison avenues.

The van had sustained heavy front-end damage and the driver’s door window was shattered. Police also reported observing a quarter-full bottle of vodka in the center console cup holder.

According to the police report, the driver’s blood-alcohol content was .19, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Street racing

  • A 29-year-old Chicago man was charged with aggravated speeding on May 4 at about 5:30 p.m. after a police officer reported observing a motorcycle and a black Infiniti traveling northbound on First Avenue from 25th Street in North Riverside at speeds between 81 and 85 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The officer was able to curb the Infiniti while the motorcycle accelerated and continued northbound. The driver of the Infiniti was arrested and charged and his vehicle was impounded.

  • North Riverside police charged a 56-year-old Cicero man with aggravated speeding early on May 7 after a police officer on patrol at 2:25 a.m. reported observing two vehicles racing each other while eastbound on Cermak Road from Desplaines Avenue at 80 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The officer caught up with one of the vehicles, a white Kia, in the 7100 block of Cermak Road in Berwyn where he arrested the driver.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 28-May 7, 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