By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police reported that someone smashed out windows of more than 20 vehicles parked on streets, driveways and in alleys throughout the north end of Brookfield overnight on June 13-14.
Detectives are still investigating the incidents, which were reported at homes in the 9300 block of Lincoln Avenue, the 9000 block of Monroe Avenue, the 3400 block of Park Avenue, the 3200 block of Elm Avenue, the 3200 block of Madison Avenue, the 3200 block of Arthur Avenue, the 3100 block of Raymond Avenue, the 3100 block of Maple Avenue, the 3500 block of Oak Avenue, the 9200 block of Broadway Avenue and the 9200 block of 31st St.
In almost all of the 23 incidents reported in Brookfield, the offender smashed out the rear windshield of a vehicle using a brick, cinder block, landscaping stone or even fragments of what appeared to be a granite countertop.
At least one victim told police he heard a loud noise about 12:30 a.m. on June 14, but did not see anything when he looked outside.
The incidents may not have been limited to Brookfield. While it's not clear whether they're related, North Riverside police reported that the rear windshields of three vehicles were shattered overnight on June 13-14, one in the 2400 block of 8th Avenue and two in the parking lot of a business in the 8600 block of Cermak Road.
100 mph on Harlem
A 27-year-old Cicero man faces charges of driving under the influence and aggravated speeding after a Riverside police officer reported clocking his 2010 Chevy Impala traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph while northbound on Harlem Avenue from York Road about 2:25 a.m. on June 17.
The Chevy reportedly swerved around another vehicle that was pulling out from a side street, almost striking it, before turning right onto 14th Street in Berwyn and blowing through the stop sign at Maple Avenue before pulling over for police.
Police reported the driver showed signs of impairment, though the driver refused to take any breath tests. In addition to the misdemeanor charges, police also issued several traffic citations.
Brookfield police responded to the 2900 block of Vernon Avenue after a resident called to report that someone had just burglarized her vehicle, which was parked in the driveway facing 30th Street.
The victim said the offender ran from the vehicle and into a black GMC SUV driven by another person. The vehicle left southbound on Vernon Avenue. The offender reportedly took a backpack that contained headphones, a charger, gym weights, and various papers.
North Riverside police responded to the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 14 about 12:20 p.m. after a Yorkville man called to report that someone had broken out the driver's side window of his work truck and ransacked the inside of the vehicle during the 20 minutes he was inside the shopping center.
Nothing of value appeared to be missing from the truck, because the offender was unable to gain access to the rear compartment where tools were stored.
Can't beat the boot
Last week, Riverside police charged two people with theft after they allegedly conspired to remove a parking boot from a vehicle and then stashed the vehicle in another town so police couldn't locate it.
Riverside police on June 9 placed a parking boot on a white Ford SUV parked in the 300 block of East Quincy Street for non-payment of about $3,500 in parking tickets. On June 11, the vehicle — and parking boot — were gone.
But police were able to locate a 30-year-old Riverside woman to whom the tickets were written. They later learned that the woman and her 32-year-old boyfriend had removed the tire and boot from the vehicle, replaced it with a spare tire and drove it to a family member's house in Cicero, parking it in the garage.
Man allegedly breaks cop's nose
A North Riverside police officer sustained a broken nose after a man he was trying to take into custody allegedly elbowed him in the face outside Round One at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 12 at about 10 p.m.
Round One security summoned police to remove a 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman who reportedly brought in alcohol from outside the business and were refusing to leave. The two were also angry that the business would not refund them money for a game of bowling they'd already paid for.
As police escorted the two to the door, the man reportedly threw two pair of bowling shoes across the business and then allegedly swung his arm at a police officer who tried to arrest him.
The man ran out of Round One, pursued by the police officer who tried to grab him from behind. The man allegedly swung back his elbow, hitting the police officer in the face.
Police charged the man with aggravated battery, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 10-16, 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