By Bob Uphues
Someone forced open the front door to Sliccily Pizza Pub, 8427 Cermak Road in North Riverside, during the early morning hours of Sept. 12 and then broke into an ATM in the video gambling area of the establishment, making off with thousands of dollars.
Police reported observing pry marks on the inside of the front door frame, which apparently was the point of entry for the burglar, who then went to the rear of the business, cut the outer metal bar on the ATM and pried open the machine.
A technician from the company that owns the ATM and video gambling machines at Sliccily determined the ATM was pried open a 3:40 a.m., a little more than an hour and half after the night manager had left the business.
The offender took all of the containers that hold paper currency from the ATM, leaving behind the change. In all, nearly $8,000 was stolen, according to the police report.
Money stolen from laundromat
A crew of three people who apparently had obtained some sort of master key worked together to systematically remove money from washing machines and vending machines inside Family Sudz Laundromat, 9016 47th St. in Brookfield between 9:48 and 11:32 p.m. on Aug. 26.
The thefts weren't noticed for weeks, however, and it wasn't until Sept. 8, after a customer notified the owner that a vending machine wasn't working properly, that the thefts were reported to police.
Police said it wasn't immediately clear just how much money had been taken from the business, but security cameras did manage to capture the events from that night.
The three people arrived at the property in a white sedan and then made their way around the laundromat using a set of keys to open the washing machines and vending machines, removing the money and then replacing the coin containers in their proper spots.
Police said the three worked as a team, providing cover and looking out the front windows while the others made their way around the business.
North Riverside home burglarized
North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 2400 block of Westover Avenue on Sept. 9 after the homeowner called to report that sometime during the prior 24 hours someone had entered his home and removed numerous items, including a dog, a 9 mm Luger pistol and about 12 rounds of ammunition.
According to the police report, entry was likely gained through an unlocked rear window. The victim told police he arrived back home at about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 and noticed that his dog, a 7-month-old American Bully, was missing and that the house appeared to have been rummaged through.
In addition to the dog, gun and ammunition, items take from the house and garage included an infant car seat, diamond earrings, title to a car, two tool boxes containing tools, a Husky air compressor and four towel stands.
A witness reported observing a Chevy Silverado park in the alley behind the home between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 but did not think it was suspicious at the time.
A resident of the 3800 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Sept. 11 to report that for the third time someone had attempted to break into the garage by pushing in a wood panel of the overhead door. No entry was gained, said police.
Cops: Delivery driver took neighbor's package
Brookfield police have subpoenaed the records of a third-party delivery company after one its drivers was observed allegedly stealing a package from the home of a neighbor where he'd just made a delivery on the afternoon of Sept. 4.
A witness told police the driver pulled up in a gray sedan, walked up to the front porch of a home and placed a delivery there. The driver started walking back to his vehicle but then walked across the street to another residence and removed a large package from the porch. The driver then put the package into his vehicle before driving away.
The stolen package reportedly contained a high chair.
North Riverside police responded to the west side of the village on the morning of Sept. 8 for two vehicle break-ins overnight in the 2300 block of 17th Avenue and the 2200 block of 18th Avenue.
Neither vehicle was locked, said police. Loose change was taken from one and a wallet containing $80 in cash and a debit card from the other. The wallet was recovered in the alley, minus the cash and debit card.
Police responded to the 2300 block of 17th Avenue, North Riverside, on the morning of Sept. 12 after a resident reported that her vehicle, which was likely unlocked, was burglarized.
The victim's purse, containing $200 in cash, ID and a credit card, were taken.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 4-13, 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