By Bob Uphues
Riverside police responded to the commuter parking lot at 56 Bloomingbank Road on Aug. 28 after two people who use the lot called to report that their cars had been broken into and items taken.
About 2:10 p.m. a 55-year-old Riverside man called to report that his gym bag was missing from the trunk of his vehicle, which had been parked in the lot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The victim told police, his vehicle passively locks the doors after a certain period of time, but police observed no signs of forced entry or any physical evidence. The gym bag contained workout clothes and shoes, Bluetooth headphones, iPhone earbuds, a jump rope and weight-lifting straps. The estimated value of the items lost was about $280.
That same evening a 42-year-old North Riverside man called police to report that someone had entered his vehicle sometime between 8:20 a.m. and 5 p.m. When he arrived back at his vehicle, he noticed the passenger seat was reclined all the way back, but nothing else unusual.
When he got home he noticed the passenger side window, doorframe and mirror were damaged and that he was missing an air-vent mount for his cellphone. The victim said he had locked the doors to the vehicle after parking it in the lot but that he had left the windows open about 2 inches.
A resident of the 2200 block of Burr Oak Avenue, North Riverside, called police on Aug. 28 to report that, during the overnight hours of Aug. 27-28, someone entered his unlocked vehicle and removed a Porter cable drill, three tool bags, 500 feet of electrical wire and various electrical hand tools.
The owner of Riverside Car Care, 3212 Harlem Ave. in Riverside, called police on Aug. 29 to report that someone appeared to have entered a customer's car, which was parked onsite, and slept in it.
The vehicle had been backed into the rear lot next to two other vehicles. There was no sign of forced entry, but the head rest to the front passenger seat had been removed and the seat was reclined all the way back. It was unclear whether anything was missing from the vehicle.
According to the complainant, a similar incident happened two weeks earlier. At that time, in addition to the seat being reclined, he found a pair of socks on the floor.
More jewelry missing
Just days after reporting that two pieces of jewelry worth more than $5,000 were missing from the store inventory at Kay Jewelers in the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, the store's manager called police on Aug. 26 to report that another valuable piece of jewelry was missing.
According to the police report, a men's gold chain, valued at $1,300, was taken from the store's safe between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26. The prior theft was reported to police on Aug. 19. The manager informed police that only store employees have access to the safe.
A Brookfield resident contacted police on Aug. 28 about 12:20 p.m. to report suspicious activity on his block, which police did not identify in the report released to the Landmark.
According to the report, in the mornings leading up to Aug. 28, someone has been trying car door handles in the area between the hours of 4 and 5 a.m. In addition, the man told police, someone had entered his backyard and took an empty plastic gasoline container.
The man told police he wasn't worried about the stolen gas can but wondered if police could place a special watch on the area.
DUI, child endangerment
North Riverside police charged a 38-year-old Maywood man with drunken driving and endangering the life of a child, as well as citing him for several traffic offenses, after a police officer reported seeing him driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 2500 block of Harlem Avenue on Aug. 26 about 8:50 p.m.
The officer report that the man drove his 2015 Chevy Equinox in the right-hand turn lane past stopped traffic approaching 26th Street and then veered left, cutting off southbound traffic, in order to continue south on Harlem Avenue.
Police stopped the vehicle in the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue and the driver appeared intoxicated. A small child was sitting in the rear seat, according to police.
The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was otherwise uncooperative with police. The child was turned over to his mother.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 26-29, 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