By Bob Uphues
Four people in a dark-colored van smashed out a window on the west side of Phoenix Liquors, 8814 Ogden Ave., on Oct. 22 at about 1:10 a.m. and stole an empty ATM valued at $6,000 as well as some cash and rolled up coins from a desk and three bottles of cognac.
Surveillance video showed a man walk up to the front door of the business at 1:02 a.m., with the vehicle arriving a few minutes later, backing into a parking spot on Grove Avenue.
Four people exited the vehicle and used an unknown object to smash the window. Some of the offenders then proceeded to pull the ATM out of the floor while others ran to other areas of the store before dragging the ATM through the broken window, loading it into the vehicle and fleeing the scene.
Police responding to the scene were briefly delayed by a train, and the vehicle was gone from the area when they arrived. A Riverside police officer trying to locate the vehicle, meanwhile, was heading eastbound on Washington Avenue, when a 2006 Toyota Camry driven by a 22-year-old Brookfield man allegedly blew through the stop sign while northbound on Prairie Avenue and slammed into the officer's 2019 Chevy Tahoe.
Both vehicles were damaged and had to be towed from the scene, but no one was injured. According to the police report, the driver of the Camry was suspected of being under the influence of cannabis at the time of the crash.
He was charged with driving under the influence and cited for disobeying a stop sign and other traffic offenses.
- A resident of the 300 block of Nuttall Road went to police on the morning of Oct. 23 to report that a few days earlier someone had stolen a package containing a baseball cap from the front porch of his home.
The victim told police that his Nest doorbell camera had captured video of a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and white Nike gym shoes approach the front door and take a small package from the porch at about 8:40 p.m. on Oct. 19.
- Riverside police responded to a home in the 100 block of Barrypoint Road on the evening of Oct. 24 after the homeowner called to report that someone had stolen an Amazon package from his front porch.
Amazon reported delivering the box at about 6:15 p.m., but when the homeowner checked the porch at 6:30 p.m., the box, which contained a jar of coconut oil, almonds and a soldering iron, was gone. The loss was valued at $50.
- A resident of the 200 block of Nuttall Road, Riverside, called police on Oct. 25 at about 4:25 p.m. to report that he saw a teenage boy exit a small silver SUV and steal an American flag from the front porch of a neighbor's home.
The SUV left the area southbound on Nuttall Road. The victim told police he'd just recently purchased the flag for about $50.
Domonique L. Voss, 25, of Cicero, faces felony drunken driving charges after she was stopped by a North Riverside police officer on Oct. 26 at about 12:35 a.m. for allegedly speeding at 58 mph in a 35 mph zone while driving a maroon Toyota Avalon eastbound on 26th Street approaching Veterans Drive.
The arresting officer said Voss switched seats with her front-seat passenger and tried initially to claim she wasn't driving the vehicle. According to police, Voss' driver's license was suspended due to a prior drunken driving arrest.
Her blood-alcohol content was reportedly .174, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08, said police, who also cited Voss for speeding and having no proof of vehicle insurance.
Just cutting through
Cook County Sheriff's Police determined they had no basis to arrest a 22-year-old Brookfield man who was found wandering through unincorporated Riverside Lawn carrying a pellet gun, ski mask, two pairs of gloves, one of them rubber, and other items on Oct. 24 at about 8:40 p.m.
A 41-year-old Berwyn man initially went to Riverside police, saying he was walking through Riverside Lawn when he heard what sounded like four gunshots coming from the area near Stanley Avenue.
Police responded to the area and interviewed two residents of a home on Gladstone Avenue. While police were on the scene, they reported seeing the Brookfield man walking through the vacant lot next door.
The man told police he was cutting through Riverside Lawn on his way home to Brookfield and because they could not determine what he was doing there and could find no evidence of a crime, police sent the man on his way.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 21-27 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.