North Riverside police charged a 43-year-old Riverside man with battery, disorderly conduct and aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a Cicero couple with a box cutter outside a North Riverside business on July 12 about 7:55 p.m.
According to the police report, the Cicero couple, a man and a woman, were inside EZ Pawn, 7361 25th St., with their three children when someone reportedly appeared to be trying to grope the woman's buttocks.
When the woman turned around and confronted the offender, a verbal altercation ensued and the offender was told to leave the shop. When the couple and their children exited later, the offender confronted her again and allegedly struck the woman in the face twice before the woman's husband was able to intervene and the offender began walking away to the east.
The couple followed the offender into Famous Dave's, 7201 25th St., where he reportedly pulled a box cutter out of his backpack and started "swinging it wildly" until police arrived on the scene, ordered him to drop it, and arrested him.
Stolen car dumped in Riverside
A stolen vehicle whose driver eluded police during a chase in the early morning hours of July 9 turned up abandoned in the driveway of a Riverside home.
Brookfield police radioed that they were pursuing a black Dodge SUV with no license plates eastbound on Washington Avenue around 12:55 a.m. It sped past a Riverside patrol car and appeared to have turned north onto Lincoln Avenue, but police lost sight of it.
About 7:05 a.m. a resident of Kimbark Road called to report a suspicious black 2015 Dodge Durango parked in the driveway. Police learned that the vehicle was one of about five vehicles recently stolen from Manheim Arena Illinois, a vehicle auction house in Bolingbrook.
Cops: Girls stole money from church
Three juveniles, all girls, received warnings and were told to stay away from St. Nikola Serbian Orthodox Church, 4301 Prairie Ave., after they allegedly entered the church around 4:20 p.m. on July 10 and stole about $55 from the collection basket.
A church employee called police after chasing the girls out of the building and following them to the 4300 block of Vernon Avenue where police detained two of them. The girls returned the money and police issued them no-trespass warnings.
Church officials told police St. Nikola had experienced several incidents of vandalism recently and that on July 9 an employee had chased several juveniles out of the second floor of the church.
Juveniles had broken beer bottles on the floor of the church, according to police, and the prior week someone had burned the carpet inside a chapel area.
Police responded to the parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on the afternoon of July 7 after a 28-year-old Berwyn woman called to report that someone had entered her vehicle and removed a Tiffany necklace valued at $200.
There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, which had been left in the lot for about a half hour between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
A resident of the 2200 block of Westover Avenue, North Riverside, called police on the morning of July 8 to report that someone had broken into his garage overnight.
According to the police report, the garage's service door had been pried open and the offender took tools that were inside.
Landscaping equipment stolen
Riverside police have reported two incidents where lawn maintenance equipment was stolen from work trucks while workers were on the job, leaving their vehicles unattended for a short time.
The second instance occurred on July 3 at 10:27 a.m. in the 300 block of Lawton Road, where at least two offenders stole two leaf blowers and other equipment from an unattended truck before fleeing in a red van.
The first instance, on June 14 at about 9:25 a.m., involved the theft of a chainsaw and two bush trimmers. The offenders in that incident fled the scene in a red Pontiac Grand Prix with temporary plates.
On July 11, a North Riverside resident reported that a Toro leaf blower with the word "Russo" written on it was stolen from the open bed of a pickup truck parked overnight in the 2200 block of 7th Avenue.
A Brookfield man went to police on the morning of July 11 to report that two Ryobi chainsaws were taken from his backyard overnight. The man said he was doing work in the yard the previous day and had left the chainsaws outside unattended. Police didn't indicate where in Brookfield the incident occurred.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 8-14, 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