By Bob Uphues
A resident of the 9000 block of Burlington Avenue, Brookfield, went to police on the morning of Oct. 27 to report that between Oct. 23 and late on Oct. 26 someone had stolen a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver from his unlocked vehicle, which was parked just off the alley.
According to the police report, the victim said he typically kept the handgun in the center console or glove box. The victim said there were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, but that other items also had been moved around inside the vehicle.
Private surveillance cameras in the neighborhood reportedly showed two people wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts running down the alley from east to west at about 9:35 p.m. on Oct. 26, but the video did not show them entering the victim's vehicle and they did not appear to be carrying any objects while running.
A resident of the 9500 block of Jackson Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Oct. 29 to report that someone had broken into his garage that day and that a surveillance camera had captured the incident.
According to the police report, the frame around the garage's service door was damaged and appeared to have been forced open. A ladder, table saw and miter were missing from the garage.
The surveillance camera footage shows a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves enter the garage and walks out of view before the recording stops. Police said the camera appeared to have been pushed down during the incident.
Riverside police responded to a residence in the 100 block of Northgate Road on the morning of Oct. 28 after a homeowner called to report that someone entered the unlocked detached garage overnight and stole about $1,000 worth of tools.
The victim told police that his vehicle had been burglarized earlier in October as well, but that he hadn't reported it. On Oct. 25, however, he found a cellphone in his yard. It was open to the Google Maps app with his address as the most recently searched destination.
At that time a single blank check, his driver's license and a credit card were taken. Several transactions had been made or attempted using those items, according to the police report.
North Riverside vehicle break-ins
North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 8900 block of Forestview Drive on Oct. 26 after a resident called to report that he'd just gotten back home from a weekend trip and noticed his driver's seat reclined completely and found a cellphone and pack of cigarettes that didn't belong to him inside the car.
Nothing was missing from the vehicle, which likely had been left unlocked.
A plumbing contractor doing work at Aldi, 2000 Harlem Ave. in North Riverside, called police on Oct. 29 at about 3:50 p.m. to report that while he was working inside the store, someone shattered the passenger side window of his work truck and removed a sewer camera valued at between $12,000 and $16,000.
Police responded to the 2200 block of Lathrop Avenue, North Riverside, on Oct. 28 after a resident called to report that someone entered his vehicle, which was parked on the street and probably left unlocked, and removed an older iPod, a Garmin fitness watch, a tire iron and about $10 in coins.
A private surveillance camera reportedly captured two men walking down the middle of the street at about 8:05 p.m. on Oct. 27. One in a gray hoodie enters the victim's vehicle via the driver's side door and then exits, leaving with his companion to the north.
A resident of the 2200 block of Westover Avenue called police on the morning of Oct. 28 to report that someone had entered his unlocked vehicle, parked on the street, overnight and ransacked the interior but did not remove any items of value.
Front window shattered -- again
Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 4300 block of Prairie Avenue on Nov. 1 at about 6:10 p.m. after receiving a report that someone had thrown an object through the front living room window – for the second time in the past three months.
The victims told police that they were sitting in the living room watching a football game when they heard the window shatter. They did not see anyone run away or drive off and said they had no problems with any of their neighbors.
In early August, someone threw a hammer at the window, shattering it. No one was hurt in either incident and police said they would put a special watch on the residence.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 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