Sharp-eyed witness foils alleged bike theft

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The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from March 21 through March 27 and represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

A Brookfield resident has her bicycle back after a witness successfully tipped police to the theft of a bike around 9:30 p.m. on March 27.

At that time, a witness said he observed a man later identified as Michael Corduan, 36, of Brookfield, get out of a vehicle, walk into the side yard of a home in the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue, take a chrome Mongoose bike and put it in the trunk of the car.

The witness, who recognized the man, got in his own car and followed Corduan to a house in the 3300 block of Prairie Avenue, where he reportedly saw Corduan and another man put the bicycle into another vehicle. He then notified police, who at 11 p.m. that night observed the second vehicle pull up in front of Corduan's home. The driver allegedly told police that Corduan said he was picking up the bike from a friend's house and that the two had then taken the bike to a residence in the 3600 block of 58th Place in Chicago.

Police went to the Chicago address and spoke to a woman who allegedly said she had paid Corduan $20 for the bike. Police recovered the bicycle at the house and subsequently charged Corduan with misdemeanor theft. The other man and the woman were not charged.

Burglary

? A resident of the 3900 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, reported that in the overnight hours of March 24-25 someone had smashed the driver's side window of a 2001 Honda parked in a driveway off the alley and removed an in-dash Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo, damaging the dash board in the process. The loss was valued at $486. A 1993 Honda also parked at that address had its driver's side window smashed out. An attempt to remove the radio from that vehicle failed, although a detachable faceplate was removed.

? A resident of the 3700 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, reported several items taken from her home between March 23-25, including two Sony Playstation 2 video game systems (each valued at $150), a Nikon Cool Pix digital camera ($350), a Sony Playstation game ($25), a DVD player ($100), a full bottle of tequila and two partially full bottles of tequila. The investigation into the burglary continues.

Battery

An 18-year-old Riverside woman was charged with battery as part of an altercation that transpired at a dance at the Riverside-Brookfield High School on March 19. According to police, a 16-year-old North Riverside boy and his mother walked into the Riverside Police Department on March 20 to report that the boy had been struck in the face by Kristine Henkelmann. According to police, Henkelmann admitted striking the boy after seeing him talking to one of her friends, who was crying. Later that evening, two girls were charged with attacking Henkelmann in retaliation.

DUI

? Brookfield police charged Chicago resident Jose F. Zeferino, 36, with driving under the influence after an officer reported seeing his 1994 Pontiac Grand Am weaving from lane to lane, jumping the curb and driving on the parkway while eastbound on 31st Street near Prairie Avenue at 12:43 p.m. on March 21.

During the stop, the officer observed that the driver's side window of the car was smashed out, but reported Zeferino couldn't explain why. He also smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the report, and failed field sobriety tests. After his arrest, a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .303, over three times the legal limit. He was also charged with improper lane usage and driving on a revoked license.

In addition, police reported that the car Zeferino was driving had been reported stolen out of Chicago. The owner was notified, but declined to press charges.

? Riverside police charged Berwyn resident Shelley Picha, 34, with driving under the influence after an officer reported her car swerving over the double yellow line while southbound on Harlem Avenue at 1:44 a.m. on March 22. After failing field sobriety tests, she was arrested for DUI but refused to submit to a breath test. She was also cited for improper lane usage and no proof of insurance.

? Berwyn resident Lorenzo Ginez, 19, was charged with DUI after an employee at the Minuteman Gas Station at Harlem Avenue and East Quincy Street called police to report an unoccupied vehicle which had been at a gas pump for over 10 minutes. When police arrived, they reportedly found Ginez slumped over in his seat at the wheel, with the keys in the ignition and his foot on the brake.

After being roused, he was given field sobriety tests, which he failed. He blew a .139 on the Breathalyzer at the station. He was also charged with having no proof of insurance and having no driver's license on his person.

? Maywood resident George Nunez, 26, was charged with DUI after Riverside police reported that his vehicle was weaving from lane to lane and crossed the double yellow line while northbound on First Avenue near Ridgewood Road at 2:40 a.m. on March 27. According to the report, Nunez smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests, but refused to submit to a breath test. He was also cited for improper lane usage, driving on an expired license and failure to wear a seatbelt.

?"compiled by Bob Uphues

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