A man and a person believed to be a woman entered the North Riverside JC Penney through the southwest entrance around 5 p.m. Oct. 22. The man, arriving in a black Honda CR-V, headed to the third floor using the elevator, visited the restroom, and loitered near supervisor’s offices for about 10 minutes. He then returned downstairs, exited JC Penney, and sat in the mall’s main area.

He then went to Julio’s Jewelry, where he tried to purchase a piece worth $730, but all of his credit cards were declined. Later, North Riverside police said he used a stolen Discovery credit card to make a $9.70 purchase at Taco Bell. 

The owner of the card discovered her Michael Kors wristlet wallet was missing from her purse, and she later received a fraud alert from her bank about a transaction attempt at Julio’s Jewelry, which she had initially disregarded.

The items that were stolen included an Illinois driver’s license, identification card, FOID card, numerous credit cards, and $105 in cash. 

Camera footage identified the man’s black Honda CR-V, with an American Taxi sticker.

An investigation is ongoing.

Burglars steal $1,500 worth of tools

On the 2200 block of Keystone Avenue, the owner of the Zoo Nissan van reported burglary Oct. 21. The rear passenger window was smashed by the time North Riverside police arrived.

The victim explained that at 11 in the morning on the same day, two people approached his vehicle, broke the rear window, and made off with a bag of tools containing various tools and batteries. 

The stolen tools were estimated to be valued at $1,500. 

The victim mentioned that the incident was captured by his Nest home security system, revealing the two unknown people who approached the van and committed the burglary. 

Copies of the security footage were emailed to the police.

Unknown person threw bricks at woman’s windows

A woman called North Riverside police to report that she was sleeping on the couch when she heard a loud noise, which turned out to be a brick thrown through her dining room window Oct. 18. 

Shortly after, another brick was thrown through her daughter’s bedroom window. She did not witness anyone near her residence, but the backyard gate was found open.

The woman had been a resident there since June and claimed to have no known personal conflicts. 

However, she mentioned having filed complaints against her 19-year-old daughter’s ex-boyfriend from a previous address. She reported that he shouldn’t have known her current address following their separation.

Two Teenagers Steal $185 worth of Chicago Bulls Merchandise 

Two teenagers took two Chicago Bulls clothing items valued at $185 from North Riverside’s Locker Room Oct. 21, concealed them in a backpack, and left the store without making a purchase, North Riverside police said.

Upon exiting, mall security apprehended the individuals, recovered the stolen items, and escorted them to the security office, where the police were notified.

One of the teenagers’ grandmothers was contacted and instructed both of them to take the bus home. 

They were then escorted out of the mall and advised not to return.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the North Riverside Department, Oct. 15-22, 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 Amina Sergazina