By Bob Uphues
Riverside police on Dec. 2 announced they have obtained a warrant for the arrest of a 24-year-old Chicago man in connection with the theft of a vehicle from the 300 block of Lionel Road back in May 2018.
According to police, Alejandro Arce, whose last known address was in the 400 block of North Leamington Avenue in Chicago, stole a 2006 Acura RSX from the driveway of the Lionel Road home and later ditched it in the 3400 block of West Melrose Street on Chicago's Northwest Side.
Riverside detectives recovered the vehicle and observed that someone had peeled the steering column, with pieces of it thrown in the back seat. Police handed over the pieces to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for fingerprint identification.
In February, state police said they had identified a potential suspect, but needed more info. But Riverside reported that recently they had identified a suspect from fingerprints left on the steering column, the plastic pieces torn from the column and from elsewhere inside the car.
They have been trying to locate Arce since making that identification but have been unable to do so. As a result, on Dec. 2 police issued a press release seeking to enlist the public's help. Anyone with information on Arce's whereabouts can call 708-447-2127 or email Detective Jim Lazansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police say anyone who calls with information can remain anonymous, if they wish.
Brookfield police responded to a building in the 4500 block of Forest Avenue after someone called to report that during the overnight hours of Nov. 28-29, someone entered the detached garage and stole various tools that had been left inside.
It was unclear whether the offender used force to enter the garage or if the building was left unlocked.
North Riverside police responded to the parking lot just east of Burlington Coat Factory, 2208 Harlem Ave., on the evening of Nov. 9, after a 24-year-old Chicago man called to report that his 2009 Chrysler van had been burglarized.
The victim told police he'd parked his vehicle about 5:30 p.m. and was shopping with his family at another store for about 40 minutes. When he returned to the van, the victim observed that the passenger side sliding door window had been smashed out and that about $300 in merchandise purchased elsewhere — which had been left in between the middle row seats and covered with a jacket — had been stolen.
Mall kiosk targeted
The owner of the jewelry business Timeless Pieces, which operates out of a lower-level kiosk near Old Navy in the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, called police on Nov. 28 to report that someone had forced entry and stole nearly 100 pieces of jewelry valued at almost $2,000.
The victim told police he secured the kiosk about 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 27. When he returned to work the next day at 6:15 p.m., the entry gate to the kiosk was open and racks of jewelry were found on the floor.
Detectives continue to investigate the incident.
Package thefts caught on camera
A resident of the 4000 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the afternoon of Nov. 25 to report that their home security cameras had captured video of the thefts of packages from the front porches of homes across the street.
According to police, the video showed a newer model white Jeep Patriot traveling southbound on Deyo Avenue before stopping in front of one the homes on the block. Two men are seen exiting the vehicle, each of them running up to the porches of different homes and taking packages left there before running back to the Jeep and speeding off southbound.
Allegedly drunk and speeding
North Riverside police charged a 24-year-old Bolingbrook woman with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding after an officer on patrol reported her driving a gray Subaru 62 mph in a 35 mph zone while southbound in the 2200 block of Cermak Road about 4:40 a.m. on Nov. 28.
According to the police report, after she failed field sobriety tests, a breath test revealed that the woman's blood-alcohol content was .14, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 25-Dec. 2 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