By Bob Uphues
Home burglaries reported in Brookfield
Brookfield police last week reported that another home in the 4200 block of Maple Avenue had been burglarized. Previously, police had responded to a vacant home on the block after neighbors reported it had been broken into on multiple occasions.
On Feb. 12, police were called to an occupied home on the block following the report of a burglary.
According to a resident of the home, someone gained entry to the house between 8:40 a.m. at 10:30 p.m. and removed a Wii videogame system, including two controllers and some video cables.
The responding officer reported that he didn't observe any signs of forced entry to the home. A basement door exhibited damage, but that door had apparently been damaged previously.
On Feb. 13, a resident of the 3500 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, reported that three Playstation 3 video games, two game controllers and $20 in cash were taken from the house.
The complainant believed that an acquaintance had taken the items, and police interviewed the suspect. However, the suspect was released without being charged due to a lack of evidence, according to the police report.
Party's not here
On Feb. 14, a Brookfield homeowner asked police for a special watch on their home in the 9300 block of Jefferson Avenue after men came to the front door on three separate occasions between midnight and 1:30 a.m. asking if there was a party at the house.
One of the men reportedly told the homeowner that he saw a party at that address advertised on the Craigslist website. All of the men left the area without incident after being told there was no party, but the homeowner requested a special watch because of the suspicious nature of the incidents.
Oil drained, tires flat
Brookfield police were also asked to keep an eye on a property in the 8500 block of Plainfield Road after a resident reported that someone had been flattening the tires of a pair of vehicles off and on for a couple of weeks.
On Feb. 14, the resident called to report that in addition to the air being let out of the tires of his vehicle overnight, the oil had been drained from the engine.
Catalytic converter stolen
A resident of the 300 block of East Burlington Street, Riverside, reported to police on Feb. 13 that she parked her 2008 Honda Element in the parking lot next to the building at 11 a.m. When she started her car at 3:40 p.m., it made a loud noise. Upon closer inspection, she learned someone had cut the catalytic converter off the bottom of the vehicle.
Light pole downed
A 51-year-old Brookfield man was charged with driving under the influence after he reportedly lost control of his 2003 Chevy Impala, which left the roadway and knocked down an overhead street light pole in the 7400 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, about 6 p.m. on Feb. 16.
The driver, later identified as Mike C. Callahan, reportedly drove away from the scene. His vehicle, with two flat tires on the driver's side and damage to the front end, was stopped by North Riverside police in a gas station parking lot at 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue.
Callahan reportedly told the responding officer, without being asked what had happened, that he exited the H.H. Gregg parking lot and was unable to straighten the steering wheel due to having a cast on his right arm.
He reportedly failed sobriety tests and his blood-alcohol level was reported to be .129, which is more than the legal limit of .08.
In addition to DUI, Callahan was cited for driving on a revoked license and other traffic offenses.
Wrong way home
A man who reportedly believed he was heading home to Chicago when he was actually driving west in the 7800 block of Ogden Avenue in Riverside was charged with DUI on Feb. 15 just after 11:30 p.m.
Police reported that Guztavo Gutierrez, age redacted in the report, had a blood-alcohol level of .25, which is more than three times the legal limit, about 45 minutes after his arrest.
An officer reported seeing his 1999 Dodge pickup truck, without its headlights on, heading west on Ogden Avenue, drifting all over the roadway and crossing the center line five times before being pulled over.
In addition to the DUI charges, he was also cited for three other traffic violations.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 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.