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Stolen car found later in flames | Police reports, Oct. 31-Nov. 12

November 15th, 2017 9:19 AM

A car stolen from an Ogden Avenue gas station in Brookfield during the early morning hours of Nov. 9 was found two hours later in a southwest suburban forest preserve – on fire.

A 22-year-old Berwyn man called police at about 2 a.m. to report that while he was inside the minimart of the Mobil gas station at 9137 Ogden Ave., someone drove off with his 2015 Mazda 3 sedan.

The victim told police he left the car running and the vehicle's doors unlocked at a gas pump while he went inside to get some snacks. The victim took the key fob with him into the store.

At about 3:05 a.m., Brookfield police received a call from the Cook County Sheriff's Department, saying the vehicle was found in a Cook County Forest Preserve District parking lot near 95th Street and Wolf Road. According to the police report, the vehicle was "completely engulfed in flames."

The investigation into the vehicle theft continues, police said.

Tools stolen from van

North Riverside police responded to the 2200 block of 6th Avenue to investigate a report of a burglary to a vehicle on the morning of Nov. 7.

The victim told police that his van was parked in the driveway overnight. The lock to the passenger side sliding door had been punched out and several tools were taken from the vehicle, including a Milwaukee Sawzall, a Milwaukee right angle drill, A Hilti chipping hammer, a Hilti drill, two Milwaukee cordless drills, a Milwaukee cordless Sawzall and a Makita cordless drill.

The tools were valued at more than $1,700. 

Tiff over trash

Two people who were allegedly threatened by a woman with a knife in the parking lot outside of Kohl's, 2200 Harlem Ave. in North Riverside, on Nov. 11 subsequently declined to press charges, telling police they feared retribution by the other party.

Police responded to the parking lot at about 1:10 p.m. and talked to the two purported victims, who told them that they were in a vehicle stopped behind a Volkswagen while waiting to exit the parking lot. The driver of the Volkswagen reportedly threw a fast food bag out of the window and on to the ground.

According to the police report, the driver of the Volkswagen exited her car and threw the bag of garbage at the vehicle stopped behind her in response to being videotaped and being told it was wrong to dump her trash on the ground.

That prompted the passenger of the trailing vehicle to get out and tell the Volkswagen driver that in addition to littering being wrong, the children inside the Volkswagen should have been wearing seatbelts. 

At that point, the Volkswagen driver reportedly got a knife from her vehicle, lunged at the other woman, threatened to stab her and knocked a cellphone out of her hand.

The Volkswagen left the scene, but police located the vehicle parked and occupied behind Olive Garden, 7513 Cermak Road. The driver of the Volkswagen admitted littering and said she brandished the knife because she felt threatened. She said she didn't threaten to stab anyone. 

Driving on the sidewalk

Riverside police charged a 33-year-old Chicago man with driving under the influence of alcohol and other offenses after finding him passed out behind the wheel of his 2005 Cadillac, which he parked on the sidewalk at the intersection of Lionel Road and Ogden Avenue at about 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 11.

According to police, the offender was so disoriented that he believed he was in the vicinity of Cermak Road and Sacramento Avenue in Chicago, about six miles away. In addition to exhibiting "extreme signs of impairment," the responding police officer reported finding a beer-filled red plastic cup in the driver's side cup holder and an open cup of wine elsewhere in the vehicle.

The offender's blood-alcohol content was .16, which is twice the legal limit of .08. In addition to DUI, he was cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol, improper lane usage and for having expired license plates.

The driver was so drunk, said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, "He actually thought he was driving on a roadway rather than on a sidewalk." In addition, according to Riverside police, the driver had been arrested for DUI in August 2015 after driving through a red light in heavy traffic in the 3200 block of Roosevelt Road in Chicago.

He pleaded guilty in that case to reckless driving, an offense for which he was sentenced to court supervision. 

Online sale scam

A 36-year-old Brookfield man contacted police on Nov. 1 to report that he'd sold some sneakers online, but that the buyer had scammed him out of the shoes without actually paying for them.

The victim said he listed the Nike Hyper Adapt sneakers on eBay on Oct. 29 and that a buyer contacted him via that website, asking if he wanted to make the transaction outside of eBay.

The victim gave the buyer his phone number and email address and then received what looked to be an email from the online payment service PayPal, stating that he had received $1,130 in his account.

The victim shipped the sneakers to a Florida address, but did not immediately check his Pay Pal account to make sure the payment was there. When he checked on Oct. 31, he determined that there had been no activity on his PayPal account and that he did not receive the money.

Train tunnel graffiti

Brookfield police reported two instances of graffiti at the Congress Park train station tunnel, 9400 Burlington Ave., recently.

On Oct. 31, police conducting a premises check discovered graffiti on the wall at the north end of the tunnel. It was not gang-related; rather, it was in the form of an obscene poem.

On Nov. 4, meanwhile, police discovered more obscene graffiti at the north end of the tunnel.

Can it, clown

Police responded to a residence in the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue, Brookfield, after getting a report of a suspicious person who had appeared at a resident's door on Oct. 31 at about 8:30 p.m.

The suspicious person was wearing a clown suit, according to police, and officers located a 22-year-old man matching that description near the intersection of Sheridan and Sunnyside.

The man told police he had gotten off work late and was trick-or-treating, but was now done and was heading home.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 31-Nov. 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.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues