Brookfield police reported a rash of incidents last week involving both gang-type graffiti spray-painted on garages and other structures and random spray-painting of vehicles parked on the street overnight.
The first incidents reported last week were on May 21 and 22. Gang graffiti was found sprayed in blue paint at the entrance and inside the Congress Park tunnel. Other gang graffiti was discovered on overhead garage doors in the 3200 and 3500 blocks of Harrison Avenue and the 3500 block of Madison Avenue. Someone also spray-painted a fence in the 3500 block of Blanchan Avenue.
On May 23, Brookfield took six reports involving vehicles whose windows, doors and mirrors had been sprayed with either red or green paint. Incidents were reported in the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Oak Avenue, the 3100 block of Prairie Avenue and the 3100 block of Sunnyside Avenue.
Riverside senior scammed
A 74-year-old Riverside woman fell victim to a scam earlier in May after responding to an email purportedly sent to her by Facebook, stating that her computer had been hacked and asking that she call a phone number to resolve the issue.
The victim called the number and spoke to a man who advised her to buy four Google Play cards and two Apple gift cards in the total amount of $1,800 and to read back the numbers on the cards once they were purchased.
The woman did as instructed and stayed on the line with the man the entire time it took to make the purchases and relay the card info to him. According to police, the woman didn't provide any personal information. Her computer had not been hacked.
The victim realized she may have fallen for a scam and called police on May 17 to report it. Police attempted to get the Google Play cards canceled, but were unable to do so.
Detectives traced the phone number to California, a number reportedly used in connection with many fraud complaints in that state. Riverside police have filed a complaint on behalf of the victim with the FCC, according to a press release.
Restaurant window smashed
Brookfield police responded to Fiesta Margarita, 3755 Grand Blvd., on the morning of May 25 after a passerby called to report that a 4-by-6-foot plate-glass window had been broken.
Police said it did not appear anyone gained entry, but inside underneath the broken window they found a green, button-down shirt with a Coyne College logo on it wrapped around a softball-sized rock.
North Riverside police responded to the Salt Creek bike trail near 12th Avenue on the afternoon of May 18 after a 33-year-old woman reported that a man had exposed himself to her as she rode her bike along the trail about 1 p.m.
The victim stated the man was standing off to the side of the path near the river. As the victim approached, the man turned around. His shirt was open and his pants were down around his knees, exposing his genitals. He didn't say anything, according to the police report, but gave the woman a "devious grin."
The man was described as a white male in his mid- to upper-30s, with short brown hair, a dark tan, well-defined abdominal muscles and wearing a light-colored button-down shirt and jeans.
Gotta buy the whole pack
North Riverside police charged a 41-year-old Chicago man with assault and criminal damage to property on May 19 after he allegedly threatened a security guard at Tony's Finer Foods over his failure to properly purchase a pack of cigarettes.
According to the police report, the man asked for a pack of cigarettes, which cost $10.99. When the employee handed the pack over, the man reportedly opened it up, took out two cigarettes and tossed the employee a dollar.
When the employees told the man he needed to buy the entire pack, the man reportedly became irate and threatened to "lay out" a security guard who had come to assist.
Car stolen from driveway
A resident of the 300 block of Lionel Road, Riverside, contacted police on May 23 to report that a 2006 Acura RSX was stolen from the driveway of his home.
One witness told police the vehicle was last seen on the evening of May 22. Another witness who lives on the block stated that, early on May 23, he saw a dark colored van parked in his driveway next to his vehicle. When he turned on an exterior light, the van backed out of his drive and headed south on Lionel Road.
The witness' vehicle was not disturbed, according to police.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 17-25, 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.
— Compiled by Bob Uphues