By Bob Uphues
Police responded to the T-Mobile store near the entrance to the food court at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, at about 5:20 a.m. on Nov. 7 after an assistant manager called to report that the store had been burglarized.
The assistant manager told police she had arrived at the mall just minutes earlier to allow maintenance workers in when she discovered the glass front door had been shattered and that multiple devices were missing from the displays.
According to the police report, employees had closed up shop just after 10 p.m. the night before. The burglar alarm system reportedly wasn't working at the time due to construction at the store.
In all, eight Samsung and Apple devices were stolen from the displays, with the value of the items lost totaling about $6,800.
A Brookfield resident called police on Nov. 4 after realizing that they were the victim of a telephone scam and had provided personal information to an unknown person.
The victim told police that they'd answered a phone message reportedly from the Social Security Administration. The victim was informed that a vehicle purchased using the victim's information was involved in a crime where drugs were found inside.
During the phone call, the victim gave the caller bank information and the last four numbers of their Social Security number. Police advised the victim to call credit bureaus to report the incident. Police also checked the phone number where the call originated and discovered it was listed as a "roboscam" number.
A 39-year-old Chicago man faces felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs after he was pulled over by a North Riverside police officer after reportedly driving his silver Lexus erratically and at 66 mph in a 35 mph zone while southbound in the 3100 block of First Avenue on Nov. 8 at 1:40 a.m.
According to the police report, Marcus Young initially gave a false name to police and date of birth to the officer making the traffic stop and admitted smoking cannabis prior to driving and drinking alcohol while driving.
Police reported recovering cannabis from both Young's person and from the vehicle. In addition, police reported finding a half-full can of vodka cocktail in the driver's side door cup holder.
In addition to aggravated DUI, Young was charged with a felony count of driving on a revoked license and a misdemeanor count of speeding. He was also cited for several traffic offenses.
Brookfield police charged a 31-year-old Melrose Park man with drunken driving and other traffic offenses after he allegedly crashed his silver Kia into two cars parked in the 3400 block of Prairie Avenue on Nov. 6 at about 8:50 p.m.
The driver reportedly admitted to police that he'd been drinking prior to driving and he reportedly failed field sobriety tests. In addition to DUI, the driver was cited for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Brookfield police responded to the 9200 block of Shields Avenue on Oct. 28 at about 10:25 p.m. after a resident called to report that within the past hour, someone had entered his unlocked vehicle, which was parked in a lot to the east of his building, and stole a diaper bag and a silver iPad.
Police reported finding a shattered iPad and other items in the alley between the 4300 blocks of Arthur and Maple avenues. The diaper bag and its contents were found strewn about in the alley between the 4200 blocks of Arthur and Maple. Police also discovered other clothing on the parkway nearby.
Police also reported a second vehicle that had been broken into in the 9200 block of Shields. A pair of sunglasses that had been taken were also found nearby.
A resident of the 4600 block of Vernon Avenue went to police on the morning of Oct. 29 to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered his vehicle, which was parked in lot behind the building and may have been unlocked.
Missing from the vehicle was a black and gray backpack containing miscellaneous paperwork and tax documents.
Riverside police responded to a residence in the 100 block of Forest Avenue on Nov. 1 at about 5:35 p.m. after a resident called to report that someone stole his black Toro lawnmower, which he'd left unattended for a few minutes on the parkway next to the driveway of his home.
The victim told police that he left the lawnmower to take a rest from doing yardwork. When he came back a short time later, the lawnmower was gone.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 28-Nov. 10 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.