By Bob Uphues
A man suspected of hijacking a car in Cicero on April 24 is also believed to have robbed a 25-year-old Stickney man of his cellphone that same afternoon in Riverside.
The victim told police he was walking northbound on Harlem Avenue from his home in Stickney to his job in North Riverside at about 4:05 p.m.
When he got near Robinson Road, a man ran up to him, grabbed the iPhone 11 cellphone from his hand and ran across Harlem Avenue to a car parked with its hazard light on in the northbound curb lane.
The victim was not injured and the offender did not strike him or indicate he had a weapon. The offender, was described as a black male in his 20s, with thin build, wearing red jogging pants and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.
The offender got into the driver's seat of the car, a black 2019 Honda CRV, which was last seen heading west on Lawton Road into Riverside.
A witness to the robbery took a photo of the Honda CRV, which police said had been hijacked two hours earlier in the 5600 block of Cermak Road in Cicero. The offender in that case wore a surgical mask and reportedly implied he had a weapon but did not display one.
The description of the offender from the vehicular hijacking matched the Riverside offender, police said.
Burglars scared off by owner
Three masked men who broke into a commercial storefront in the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue on the night of April 22 fled the scene empty handed after the building's owner, who lives upstairs, scared them off.
The offenders, who wore N95-type masks, scarves, hoods and full jogging suits and jackets, reportedly broke into the former Wing Wah restaurant, 3222 Harlem Ave., around 11:20 p.m.
After trying to enter through the front door, one of the offenders reportedly was able to gain entry through a side window and then open the door for the other two. They were in the storefront less than three minutes before the owner, who heard noise from his upstairs residence, went downstairs and scared off the offenders.
North Riverside police reported a pair of vehicle break-ins on the south side of the village last week.
A resident of the 8000 block of Edgewater Road called police to report that sometime between 3 p.m. on April 21 and 10:50 a.m. on April 22, someone had entered her car and ransacked the interior. The victim's driver's license appeared to be missing.
On April 23, another resident of the 8000 block of Edgewater Road called to report that his vehicle, which he parked on 31st Street just west of Desplaines Avenue on April 21 at about 4:40 p.m. had been broken into.
Missing from the vehicle was a basketball and a blue backpack containing trading cards and videogames.
An employee from a local plumbing company called North Riverside police on April 22 to report that on the previous day, someone entered one of the company's trucks, which had been left unlocked while on a job in the 9100 block of Cermak Road, and removed a Microsoft Surface laptop computer, its case and its pen. The total loss was estimated at $1,125.
Vehicles strike buildings
A 19-year-old Brookfield woman was cited for failure to yield the right of way when she allegedly drove into the path of another vehicle at the intersection of Maple and Jackson avenues on April 24 at about 9:05 p.m., resulting in the other driver losing control and crashing her 2013 Honda van into some bushes and the house on the southwest corner.
The driver of the van was not hurt. Police said the van was southbound on Maple Avenue, traveling through the intersection, when a 2011 Honda CRV drove westbound on Jackson Avenue into her path.
There is a stop sign for Jackson Avenue traffic, but no stop sign for Maple Avenue traffic.
An 83-year-old Brookfield woman told police that she mistakenly stepped on the accelerator of her 2015 Honda CRV instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to drive into the east wall of CVS, 8911 Ogden Ave., on April 25 at about 12:35 p.m.
The face brick of the store sustained some damage, but no structural damage was done to the wall and no one was injured. The woman was not cited.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 20-26, 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.