By Bob Uphues
Report: Man posed as cop to steal clothes
A 43-year-old Chicago man faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly attempted to steal several pairs of pants from City Sports, 7401 24th St. in North Riverside, while impersonating a Cook County Sheriff's deputy.
The owner of the store called police at 1:35 p.m. on Nov. 13 after Anthony R. Thompson entered the store allegedly wearing a black vest with the word "sheriff" on the front and back, a long-sleeved white shirt with "Sheriff Cook County" on the sleeve and a holster containing what appeared to be a black handgun.
According to the police report, an employee recognized Thompson as someone who had been in the store on Oct. 17 and was suspected of stealing a pair of jeans valued at $248.
Police arrived at the store on Nov. 13 while Thompson was in the fitting room. Inside the fitting room they found the police-related equipment, which Thompson reportedly said was from a job as a movie extra.
Police also reported finding five pairs of pants turned inside out, a pair of wire cutters and a small pocket knife. Thompson reportedly was cutting the anti-theft sensors from the pants. Two of the pairs of pants had been damaged in doing so, according to the report. Those pants were valued at $377.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved charging Thompson with two felony counts of impersonating a police officer, a felony count of retail theft and a felony count of criminal damage to property.
He is being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $10,000. He has a Dec. 2 date at the Maybrook courthouse.
Cannabis recovered from yard
A 17-year-old Riverside boy was charged with possession of cannabis, domestic battery and criminal trespassing after he allegedly forced his way into a home in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue where his ex-girlfriend reportedly allowed him to store what police called "a large amount of cannabis."
The boy went to the residence to recover the cannabis. When his ex-girlfriend told him she was not going to return it to him, he allegedly went to the residence, pushed the girl aside and went inside to retrieve it.
He reportedly learned police were looking for him and hid the drugs in the backyard of a home in the 100 block of East Quincy Street. He then reportedly texted the location to another juvenile, who placed the cannabis in a backpack and moved it to another location on East Quincy Street, where police recovered it.
Police arrested the suspect at a residence in the 200 block of East Quincy Street.
"As you can see in this case, individuals will commit more violent crimes, such as burglary or home invasion to retrieve their narcotics," said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release."
A/C units stolen
Brookfield police, on two occasions last week, responded to properties where central air-conditioning units had been stolen. Both properties were vacant, according to the police reports.
The first incident was reported on Nov. 12 in the 4500 block of Oak Avenue after an employee, working for the real estate agency marketing the property, noticed that the unit was missing. Someone apparently cut the connections to the house before removing the equipment.
On Nov. 14, a neighbor reported that the central air-conditioning unit was missing from the backyard of a vacant home in the 4500 block of DuBois Boulevard. It was unclear exactly when the unit went missing. Police inspected the property and noted that the unit was gone from its concrete pad, but the rest of the home was secure.
Brookfield police working late on the night of Nov. 13 as part of the department's investigation into a rash of vehicle break-ins arrested two Maywood men suspected of dealing heroin.
The officers were in an unmarked car, about 11 p.m., when they reported seeing a vehicle pull up to the curb on Sunnyside Avenue just north of Garfield Avenue. They then reported seeing a man run up to the vehicle, get inside and then exit the vehicle a minute later, running into the alley between Sunnyside and Vernon avenues.
Police were unable to catch the man who left the scene but stopped the vehicle, from which something was thrown, in the 9100 block of Roach Avenue. Police reported recovering heroin from four tinfoil packages in the street, where they allegedly were thrown from the car.
Christopher L. Brown, 23, and Anthony Oliver, 21, were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 11-17, 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