By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police continue to investigate an apparent armed robbery during what was described as a drug transaction behind a currency exchange in the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue on April 4 at about 10:50 p.m.
The 23-year-old victim and a friend flagged down an officer on patrol in the 9500 block of Ogden Avenue to report the robbery, which took place about 15 minutes earlier, according to the police report.
The victim told police he met someone on the social media app SnapChat, who was selling cannabis. They agreed to meet behind the currency exchange, so the victim could buy a bag of cannabis for $20.
When the victim showed up, he was confronted by three men all wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up over their heads, obscuring their faces. The offender wearing a red hoodie reportedly pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the victim before kicking the victim in the ribs twice and stealing his hat, blue Air Force One gym shoes, jacket and $40 in cash.
The offenders then reportedly ran across the street to a getaway car parked in the alley behind the car wash at Ogden and Eberly. The car was last seen leaving the area southbound on Eberly/East Avenue.
Alleged reckless driver causes crash
North Riverside police charged a 43-year-old Burbank man with reckless driving and cited him for other traffic offenses after he reportedly was driving erratically while southbound on First Avenue from 23rd Street before he crashed his white Dodge Caliber head-on into a black Ford truck at a high rate of speed at 26th Street on March 30 about 6:50 p.m.
Police initially got a call of a small white car traveling "in the middle of the road" at a very slow rate of speed on First Avenue at 23rd Street. A woman who witnessed the crash reportedly told police that the white car was traveling at about 60 mph just before impact.
Paramedics transported the driver of the truck to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. The driver of the Dodge Caliber reportedly was unresponsive but breathing when paramedics arrived. He was also transported to Loyola.
On March 31, the offending driver was released from the hospital into police custody and charged. His preliminary court date is May 18 at the Maybrook courthouse.
Shut it down
Brookfield police responded to Window Energy Products at 8941 Ogden Ave., after they received a complaint that the auto window-tinting business was still operating, even though it was not deemed essential in the governor's March stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An officer visiting the business reported that, indeed, an employee was onsite working. Police advised that the business needed to close, and the employee said he would comply.
Alleged tip-jar thief busted
The owner of Loca Mocha, 8858 Burlington Ave., Brookfield, declined to prosecute a 64-year-old Berwyn woman for stealing money from the tip jar after she agreed to stay away from the coffee shop in the future, according to police.
The owner called police on April 3 to report that the woman, who frequented the business, had taken several dollars from the jar. Surveillance video reportedly showed the woman take money from the jar as an employee's back was turned to get her some water.
When the woman returned to the coffee shop the next day, police responded and confronted the woman, who admitted taking money, saying she meant to repay it.
New neighbor, wrong door
Riverside police responded to an apartment building in the first block of Forest Avenue on April 4 at about 1:45 p.m. after a resident called to report that someone was trying to break into her unit.
When police arrived they located a man in the lobby, who told them he just moved in that day and forgot to count how many flights of stairs he'd walked up before reaching for the knob of a door he thought led to his apartment.
When he found the door was locked, he realized his apartment was one more flight up.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 30-April 5, 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.