Car break-in, auto theft possibly related | Police reports July 13-19

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By Bob Uphues


Car break-in, auto theft possibly related

A Brookfield woman called police on the morning of July 16 to report that her 2013 black Ford Edge had been stolen during the overnight hours from the 8800 block of 45th Place.

The victim told police that she had left the vehicle unlocked and that a key fob was left in the center console. However, she confirmed with her finance company that the vehicle had not been repossessed.

That same morning another resident of the 8800 block of 45th Place reported that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle, which had been parked outside her condo building overnight, and stole a wallet containing her driver's license, insurance card, a credit card, two blank checks and $100 in cash.

She learned of the break in when her bank sent her a credit card fraud notice that morning, according to the police report.

Brookfield police reported several other vehicle break-ins during the overnight hours of July 15-16, one of them not too far from the 45th Place incidents and two others on the other end of the village, closer to Eight Corners.

One incident occurred in the 4000 block of Elm Avenue, where a wallet containing ID cards and credit cards was taken from an unlocked pickup truck.

Two others took place in the 9400 block of Henrietta Avenue. In both instances the vehicles were unlocked and the offender had ransacked the glove boxes and center consoles, taking loose change.


Burglary charge for alleged car break-in

A 38-year-old Chicago man faces felony burglary charges after he was caught allegedly taking a backpack from the front seat of car while the occupants were browsing the movie selection from the Red Box machine outside Jewel-Osco, 7201 24th St. in North Riverside, on July 15 at about 8:45 p.m.

The 23-year-old victim told police he and a friend were selecting a movie, when he saw the alleged offender pacing back and forth near his unlocked vehicle, watching them. A short time later, the victim looked over, saw the car's front door open and the alleged offender walking quickly away, carrying the backpack.

The two got into the car and were able to confront the offender, who reportedly apologized and gave them back the backpack, which contained two iPhones 11, two pairs of Apple Air Pods and about $70 in cash.

They also called 911 and police arrested the alleged offender, who was running eastbound on 21st Street from Maple Avenue in Berwyn.


Garage burglary

Brookfield police responded to a home in the 4100 block of Park Avenue on July 19 after a resident called to report that she came home late the night before and found that the rear gate had been pushed open, a landscaping decoration had been knocked over and the garage's service door had been kicked in.

The victim told police that a blue-and-purple bicycle had been taken from the garage, but nothing else of value appeared to be missing.


Disorderly conduct, battery

North Riverside police charged three women with disorderly conduct after they responded to a report of a fight inside North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on the upper level near the food court on July 18 at about 5:45 p.m.

According to the police report, two of the woman, ages 21 and 22, both of Chicago, got into an argument with a 32-year-old Cicero woman after they became upset that she cut in front of them to get into a shoe store.

An argument that started inside the store, spilled over into the common area where the two younger women allegedly punched the third woman while they were on an escalator headed into the food court.

Stories about what happened conflicted, according to police, with the alleged attackers claiming the victim had shouted racial slurs at them and tried to strike them with a sign. The victim said she had no idea why the fight started and that she did nothing wrong.

Police charged all three with disorderly conduct. Police charged the two alleged attackers with battery.


Bus shelter smashed

North Riverside police responded to the Pace bus shelter at Cermak Road and Lathrop Avenue on July 16 at about 2:40 p.m. after a commuter called to report that the front glass panel had been shattered.

Police said the commuter had reported seeing the panel intact late on the previous night, leading them to conclude it was shattered during the overnight hours.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 13-19, 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 

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Pam Fontana  

Posted: July 23rd, 2020 5:23 PM

Earl, they most likely lack common sense. Why else would you leave valuables in an unlocked vehicle? SMH

Joette Fearn Kompare from Brookfield  

Posted: July 23rd, 2020 12:59 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the sheer number of people who leave their vehicles unlocked and valuables inside and then seem surprised that they've been stolen.

Earl Hickey  

Posted: July 21st, 2020 10:38 PM

Re:""Car break-in, auto theft possibly related " Question: What's easier? Locking your car, taking the key fob and your wallet and valuables into the house or dealing with a stolen car, stolen keys , stolen wallet and stolen ID?

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