By Bob Uphues
Riverside police say they've identified someone they believe was responsible for burglarizing several vehicles and a garage and stealing an SUV from a Riverside driveway in July.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said Winnebago County Sheriff's Police arrested the man and his girlfriend on the afternoon of Aug. 10, just a few hours before Riverside and South Barrington police executed a search warrant for a storage locker at a facility in the 3300 block of West 47th Place in Chicago, which was registered to the woman.
Inside the storage locker, Weitzel said, were more than 250 items that had been stolen during burglaries in Riverside, South Barrington and a dozen more communities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
The items included at least four firearms, including an antique shotgun valued at $20,000, which was stolen in South Barrington, Weitzel said.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office identified the two people arrested as Darvis R. Dennis, 30, and Izalis Morales, 19, both of Chicago.
Sheriff's police had been called to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in Machesney Park, which is near Rockford. Morales was reportedly inside the vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Indiana and whose license plates had come from a vehicle stolen out of Chicago.
They arrested Dennis after a foot chase involving the sheriff's K-9 unit. Police said that Dennis had been carrying a black bag during the chase. A black bag containing items stolen from vehicles and two residences was found in the vicinity of where Dennis was apprehended.
He was charged with two counts of residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen license plates, and aggravated resisting arrest. Morales was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Weitzel said Riverside and South Barrington detectives will interview Morales soon, said Weitzel. While it may take more time to charge Dennis, Weitzel confirmed that "he's our suspect."
Riverside police charged a 26-year-old North Riverside man with driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs after he reportedly drove his 1998 Oldsmobile into a pair of parked cars in the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue on Aug. 11 at about 12:10 p.m.
The driver of the Oldsmobile, who police was bleeding from the mouth and nose, said he was northbound on Desplaines Avenue when a vehicle cut him off, forcing him to strike a parked 2015 Honda, which then struck a 2016 Dodge parked in front of it.
Police reported that the driver of the Oldsmobile appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and police reported finding a plastic bottle containing four pills containing hydrocodone, a controlled substance. The pills reportedly were not prescribed to the driver.
In addition to DUI, he was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, having an expired driver's license and having no proof of insurance.
Bike rack, bollard vandalized at art gallery
Brookfield police say that a juvenile suspected of vandalizing property at Compassion Factory Art Gallery, 9210 Broadway Ave. late on Aug. 8 has been identified and their parents have arranged to pay for the damage done.
The owner of the property, Rev. Karl Sokol, went to police on the morning of Aug. 9 after arriving at the building to find that a metal bike rack had been pulled from the asphalt and that a lighted bollard had been damaged.
Surveillance camera video captured just before midnight on Aug. 8 reportedly showed the two people shaking the bike rack violently to dislodge it from the ground. Police were able to identify one of the offenders caught on video, and that his step-mother contacted Sokol after he posted information about the incident on Facebook.
Police as of Monday were still trying to interview the second suspect, who is an adult.
At least a dozen vehicle break-ins were reported in Brookfield between Aug. 2 and 11, with items taken ranging from loose change to expensive power tools to a fully loaded 9 mm handgun magazine left in the glove compartment of an unlocked car.
Nine of the 12 reported break-ins were in north and central Brookfield, including the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Sunnyside Avenue, the 3100 block of Vernon Avenue, the 3200 block of Arthur Avenue, the 3600 block of Vernon Avenue, the 8500 block of Washington Avenue and the 9300 block of Monroe Avenue.
Three of the break-ins were on the village's south end, in the 9100 block of Plainfield Road, the 4100 block of Forest Avenue and the 4600 block of Deyo Avenue.
Surveillance camera video of a work van burglary in the 3600 block of Vernon Avenue on Aug. 8 at 1:38 p.m. showed a black SUV pull up near the van. A man gets out and leaves a minute later. More than $3,000 in power tools were taken from the unlocked van.
An SUV was also reportedly involved in the theft of hand and power tools from a work truck in the 9100 block of Plainfield Road on Aug. 2 (it was reported Aug. 8).
In all 12 instances, police reported no signs of forced entry to the vehicles.
Sexting leads to arrest
Brookfield police charged a 22-year-old Chicago man with disorderly conduct and banned him from the village hall premises after he allegedly texted a photo of his erect penis to a teenage day camp counselor on the night of Aug. 3.
The victim went to her supervisor, Recreation Director Stevie Ferrari, on Aug. 8 to report the incident and she contacted police. The offender reportedly was employed by a school bus company hired to transport day campers on field trips, and the counselor had given him her cellphone number to facilitate picking up children when the field trips were over.
According to the police report, the offender told police he'd been drinking heavily that night and intended to send the photo to someone else. He also reportedly had mistakenly sent the photo to one of his aunts.
Suspicious bag contains …
Brookfield Police received a call on Aug. 13 at about 8:15 p.m. from someone reporting that a man in his 50s was walking on the Salt Creek bike path and stashed some kind of bag in the bushes.
Police arrived and the caller pointed out the spot where the bag was hidden. Police discovered "a load of bread" inside the bag.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 6-12, 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.