Burglars hit downtown Riverside pub | Police reports Aug. 17-23

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By Bob Uphues

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Riverside police responded to Mollie's Public House, 31 Forest Ave., on the morning of Aug. 17 after an employee called to report that the business had been burglarized during the overnight hours.

The employee told police he'd locked up the pub when he left, but when he returned around 10:20 a.m. to let some utility workers in, he found the back door open. Inside the cash register was open and cash was missing from the drawer. Also taken were numerous bottles of alcohol from behind the bar.

Police reported that the back door appeared to have been pried open. Surveillance video reportedly showed two men entering the pub a little after midnight.

Whoever broke into the concession stand at Veterans Park, 7600 26th St. in North Riverside, during the overnight hours of Aug. 19-20 left plenty of DNA evidence behind in the form of blood, police reported.

Police responded to the park on the morning of Aug. 20 after a public works employee called to report that the concession stand's front gate had been forced open and there was blood all over the floor. There was also blood on all of the door handles, according to police.

Two glass panels of the concession stand window were broken, and police observed the first aid kit and some boxes thrown to the ground. A trail of blood was seen on the ground westbound on 26th Street from the park.

 

Video helps ID burglary suspect

A 26-year-old Chicago man faces felony charges of burglary and unlawful use of credit card after being arrested by Riverside police Aug. 19 in connection with a vehicle burglary that took place in July.

Surveillance video led police to identify a suspect and broadcast photos from the private camera system to area police agencies. On Aug. 17, Cicero police arrested Marc A. Robinson for allegedly breaking into a garage in that town. Based on photos distributed by Riverside police, Cicero police recognized Robinson as the suspect wanted by Riverside detectives.

According to Riverside police, Robinson would ride a bicycle, dragging a baby seat trailer behind, from Chicago to the western suburbs and then drive up and down driveways and alleys looking for garages or parked cars to break into.

On July 30, he allegedly entered two unlocked vehicles parked on a driveway in the 500 block of Uvedale Road. Robinson reportedly used a credit card stolen in that incident to purchase video games at a Walmart in Cicero.

At the time of his arrest, Robinson was on parole after serving part of a six-year sentence for 2017 conviction for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

 

Suspect wanted in alleged home invasion

North Riverside police have directed a man to turn himself in after he allegedly forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment by breaking the lock on the rear door on Aug. 21, prompting the woman to run out the front door and call police.

The victim told police that the alleged offender is the father of her two children, and that he did not have permission to enter the apartment in the 2400 block of Desplaines Avenue. When she told him to leave, the man reportedly grabbed her cellphone to prevent her from calling police.

She fled the apartment through the front door and ran to Commons Park and located someone with a phone to call 911.

The woman fled the apartment with her children still inside. Police who responded to the scene reported finding them in a bedroom, unharmed. The offender was no longer on scene. As of Aug. 24, he was not in custody.

 

DUI crash at gas station

Riverside police charged a 35-year-old Chicago woman with drunken driving and cited her for leaving the scene of an accident and other violations after she reportedly crashed her white 2012 Chevy into a metal barrier protecting the gas pumps at Amstar, 3416 Harlem Ave., and then tried to flee the scene on Aug. 23 at about 3:20 a.m.

An officer on patrol while eastbound on East Quincy Street reported hearing what sounded like a crash in the direction of Harlem and went to investigate. He reported seeing a white Chevy back up after striking a protective barrier at Amstar and drive away southbound on Harlem Avenue.

The officer pulled the Chevy over in the 3400 block of Harlem Avenue and reported that the driver appeared intoxicated and failed sobriety tests. When asked to submit to a breath test at the police station, the woman reportedly told police, "I have a lawyer from my last DUI arrest and he told me not to blow."

The crash did not damage the gas pumps to the extent that they needed to be taken out of service, police reported.

 

Garage burglary

Brookfield police responded to the 3800 block of Park Avenue on Aug. 18 after a resident called to report that someone had broken into her garage. 

The resident told police that she entered the garage that day and noticed the light cover and bulb to the overhead door opener lying on the floor. It also appeared that someone had tried to force open the overhead door.

The only things that appeared to be missing were some lengths of copper pipe.

 

Vehicle break-in

A resident of the 2900 block of Desplaines Avenue, North Riverside, called police on the morning of Aug. 17 to report that someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in front of her residence overnight, and removed two antique items valued at $150 from the glovebox.

 

Sharpie vandalism spree

Riverside and North Riverside police reported a rash of vandalism involving someone using a magic marker to write on three vehicles and one building.

All of the incidents appear to have occurred during the overnight hours of Aug. 16-17. One of the incidents took place in Riverside, where someone wrote in magic marker on a white pickup truck parked in a driveway in the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue.

Someone reportedly drew "obscene images and phrases" on a vehicle parked in a driveway next to the alley in the 2400 block of Westover Avenue, North Riverside, Similar images were scrawled on a vehicle and a business in the 7900 block of 26th Street.

 

Aggravated speeding

North Riverside police ticketed a 23-year-old Chicago man for aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reportedly observed a gray Ford traveling at 76 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 8700 block of Cermak Road at about 5:25 a.m. on Aug. 21.

After being stopped by police, the driver of the Ford reportedly told the officer he only thought he was going between 50 and 60 mph.

An 18-year-old Chicago man was charged with misdemeanor speeding after a North Riverside police officer pulled him over on Aug. 22 at about 2:50 a.m. for driving his silver Nissan at 79 mph in a 35 mph zone while eastbound on Cermak Road from Desplaines Avenue.

The officer was able to curb the vehicle in the 2400 block of Harlem Avenue and arrest the driver. Two passengers in the vehicle were sent on their way.

 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 17-23, 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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Email: buphues@wjinc.com Twitter: @RBLandmark

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