By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 8800 block of Southview Avenue on the morning of March 16 after a resident called to report that his vehicle had been stolen overnight.
The victim told police that he woke up at about 6:30 a.m. and noticed the vehicle missing from the driveway. The vehicle reportedly had been left unlocked and that a spare key had been left in the ashtray.
On March 21 at about 11:20 a.m., Brookfield police were notified that Chicago police had recovered the stolen vehicle in the 4700 block of West Flournoy Street and had it towed to a pound on the city's West Side.
Telephone scam nets Social Security number
A 60-year-old North Riverside man contacted police on March 17 to report that he'd fallen victim to a telephone scam.
The victim told police he received a phone call that day at about 1:30 p.m. from a man with a foreign-sounding accent claiming to be a DEA agent named Zion Murphy. The purported agent told the victim that he owed $64,000 for laundering money through his Social Security number.
The caller asked the victim for his Social Security number and the victim complied, receiving a follow-up phone number to call in return. After hanging up, the victim attempted to call the man back, but he received a message that the number was disconnected.
A resident of the 3800 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on the morning of March 16 to report that someone had taken items from his garage overnight.
The victim told police he locked his garage the previous night at about 10:30 p.m. When he unlocked it the next morning, he noticed that the equipment carrier on the back of his vehicle was open and that work tools were missing, along with an air compressor.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry to the garage. Other items of value had been left behind.
A resident of the 2300 block of Desplaines Avenue, North Riverside went to police on last week to report that on March 12 between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. her vehicle was burglarized while parked in the lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.
The victim reported that a silver HP Envy laptop valued at $800 had been taken from the vehicle, which may have been unlocked.
Vehicle stolen from Riverside
A resident of the 100 block of Fairbank Road, Riverside, called police on the morning of March 21 to report that his vehicle, which had been parked in the driveway, had been stolen overnight.
Police also reported that in the vehicle's place someone left a blue GT bicycle that had been taken from the garage of another home on the block. A witness told police he heard the vehicle and saw headlights shine through his window at about 3 a.m.
On March 23, police were notified that the vehicle had been located in the 2200 block of South Kenneth Avenue in Chicago. It was towed back to Riverside.
Car window smashed by jar
North Riverside police have charged a North Riverside man with battery and criminal damage to property after he allegedly threw a glass jar from the balcony of his apartment in the 8900 block of Cermak Road, smashing through a neighbor's car window and striking the female driver in the face.
Police said the alleged offender was extremely intoxicated and explained that he thought he'd thrown the jar at his wife, with whom he'd been arguing prior to the incident.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 16-22, 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.