La Grange teen steals mini bicycle
A 17-year-old La Grange boy was charged with battery and theft after punching a 16-year-old boy he was talking with and stealing his motorized mini bike. The younger boy called police about 4:12 p.m. June 22 and reported the incident. Police found the boy at his La Grange home wearing different clothing than described by the victim. He initially denied any involvement in the incident, but after police told his guardian that returning the mini bike would go a long way in the investigation, the boy admitted to punching the bike’s owner and riding off before parking the bike in a neighbor’s garage. The teen was also cited for riding the mini bike on a public street. The bike was returned to its owner.
Undercover operation catches two businesses selling alcohol to minors
Employees at Brook Food and Liquor, 9106 W. 47th St., and Slager’s Bar, 9308 W. 47th St., were caught selling alcohol to minors during a covert Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement on June 27. Two 19-year-old female sources were sent to 22 Brookfield businesses to buy alcohol, monitored by undercover police officers posing as customers. At Brook Food and Liquor, one of the sources bought a six-pack of Miller Lite about 6:30 p.m. June 27. The clerk, Mohammed Akbar, 66, of Bridgeview, looked at her ID and said it appeared that she had just turned 21 (which was not the case) before making the transaction. Akbar was issued a local ordinance citation for sale of alcohol to a minor.
At Slager’s Bar, the same source bought a bottle of Miller Lite at about 7:46 p.m. June 27. The bartender, Terri J. Cook, 31, of Chicago Ridge, was issued a local ordinance citation for sale of alcohol to a minor. Cook said that she was not wearing her contacts and could not read the information on the source’s ID.
The operation was conducted by a Brookfield Police detective and six Illinois State Police officers.
$800 and car keys stolen from business
The owner of a business in the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue arrived at the location about 2:30 p.m. June 28 to find a broken 24-by-18-inch window and closed blinds, which he had left open when he closed the building two days before. He reported that $800 in cash was stolen from a drawer in his desk, along with car keys. His car, however, which was parked behind the business, was not disturbed. A laptop also was left untouched inside the business. Outside the business, police found a brick that appeared to have been used to break the window. The owner told police the building does not have a security alarm or camera.
Customer’s car damaged at auto shop
An employee at Advanced Automotive Care, 9018 Ogden Ave., arrived at work at about 8:30 a.m. June 21 to find a shattered window on the driver’s side of a customer’s vehicle, which also was missing a right headlamp. The employee contacted the vehicle’s owner, who told him he did not have anything valuable in the vehicle. The business does not have a surveillance camera, the employee told police.
Hand gun ammunition stolen from car
A box of 9 mm handgun ammunition containing 50 rounds was stolen from a car at Advanced Automotive Care, 9018 Ogden Ave., after the owner dropped off the car at about 9 a.m. June 26. When she returned the next evening, she noticed that the ammunition, along with a flashlight, pocketknife, two rosaries and auxiliary phone cord, were missing. The owner, who had a valid Firearm Owner Identification, said the ammunition was in the unlocked glove department. An employee at the auto shop said he moved the car to a corner of the parking lot shortly after it was dropped off and that he locked the car using a remote key, although he did not verify that the car locked.
Window shattered at plumbing company
A window at Unique Plumbing Company, 9408 47th St., was shattered between 5 p.m. June 27 and 6 a.m. June 28, an employee at the company reported. A police officer found fragments of the window on the ground, along with a rock about 3 inches in diameter. The business does not have a surveillance camera, the employee said.
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Cassandra J. Grieble, 18, of North Riverside, was arrested and charged for possession of drug paraphernalia after police saw her pass a pipe suspected to contain cannabis to a group of teens and adults gathered near the skate area at Ehlert Park. Officers approached her and detected an odor of cannabis, but Grieble denied having any drug paraphernalia. Police then searched her purse and found the pipe that they had witnessed Grieble pass.
Consumption of alcohol by a minor
Richard W. Dahms, 20, of La Grange Park, was charged with illegal possession of alcohol at about 9:16 p.m. June 26 after trying to conceal a bottle of Bud Light when asked by a police officer to exit the parked car he was sitting in with a friend in the 3800 block of Park Avenue.
The officer approached the car because he recognized the two men from past encounters and noticed that they were sunken in their seats. He then noticed that Dahms had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol on his breath and asked Dahms to exit the car. As Dahms got out of the car, the officer heard glass landing on the curb. Dahms then admitted to trying to conceal the glass of beer from the officer and said he had stolen two bottles of Bud Light from his parent’s refrigerator, but had drunk only one.
Grass clippings set on fire in alley
A woman found her neighbor’s grass clippings on fire in an alleyway when she returned to her home in the 300 block of Maple Avenue shortly before noon June 27. The woman told police that she secured her children in her yard and then used a garden hose to put out the fire. She did not see anyone in the alleyway.
• Jose Carrasco, 26, of Cicero, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia at 2:51 a.m. June 30 after being pulled over for speeding in the 3800 block of Harlem Avenue.
• Celia C. Cruz, 44, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at 1:03 a.m. June 27 after being pulled over in the 4400 block of Harlem Avenue for swerving and erratically changing speeds.
Hit and run
A vehicle stopped at a red light at Harlem Avenue and Burlington Street at 5:38 a.m. June 27 was struck by an SUV that left fled the scene, said the driver of the stopped vehicle, which crashed into the rear vehicle in front of it after being hit. The two drivers were uninjured, but the vehicle hit by the SUV had significant damage to its rear bumper. The vehicle’s driver recorded the license plate information for the SUV, which police entered into LEADS, Illinois’ Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.
Man targeted with firecrackers
A man called police after he was approached by the driver of a vehicle in the 100 block of Scottswood Road at 11:15 p.m. June 28, saying that the man asked if he knew who he was before throwing multiple firecrackers in his direction. He said he was able to get into his vehicle and follow the van that approached him. Police searched the area but did not find a vehicle with a matching description.
Pile of tires left behind business
The owner of a business in the 300 block of Burlington Street found 18 tires stacked in three piles behind the business, he told police at 1:15 p.m. June 25. Police asked the Public Works Department to pick up the tires.
• Alexander Torres, 30, of Berwyn, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at 1:19 a.m. June 15 after police pulled him over in the 8200 block of Ogden Avenue for driving without functioning taillights and speeding.
• Charlotte M. Dawson, 33, of Brookfield, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at 10:06 a.m. June 16 after police pulled her over for violating a no turn on red sign at Joliet Road and Harlem Avenue.
Stun gun used on man resisting arrest for battery
A Riverside police officer used a stun gun on a man who was resisting arrest for battery when 15 to 20 of the man’s family members and friends surrounded four Lyons police officers who were trying to control him. Victor R. Perez, 28, of Berwyn, was charged with battery, four counts of resisting arrest and reckless conduct at 1:42 a.m. June 16.
Men pull gun on couple outside restaurant
Two men pulled a gun on a woman and her boyfriend as they were leaving a restaurant in the 7900 block of Ogden Ave., the woman reported at 10:37 p.m. May 29 from a nearby gas station where the couple pulled over to call police. Police searched the area for the men but did not find them.
Meat thief ditched by accomplice
Linda J. Lang, 52, of Berwyn, was charged with retail theft and obstruction of justice after trying to steal meat from the Aldi’s at 7235 W. 39th St. at 2:09 p.m. June 19. Lang and another woman stuffed meat and other items into their bags and then tried to leave the store, at which point a security agent questioned them. One woman took off running to her vehicle. Lang stayed and was held until police arrived, telling police that her name was Linda J. Cavalenes. After transporting her to the Lyons Police Department, police found that she lied about her name. The second woman was identified in a photo lineup as Madeline M. Lang. Police looked for her at several last known addresses but did not find her.
Man leaves taxi without paying, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
Alberto L. Alvarez, 39, of Lyons, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after attempting to run from a taxi without paying his fare. The taxi’s driver said he picked up Alvarez in North Riverside and drove him to his destination in the 4100 block of South Elm Avenue, where Alvarez got out of the car and began running away. The driver chased Alvarez and tackled him on the parkway, holding him down until police arrived. Police found a crack pipe on Alvarez and said he was clearly under the influence of drugs. Once at the police station, Alvarez refused to be processed and had to be assisted.
Someone damaged a wooden fence at a house in the 8600 block of West 40th Street, a woman who lives at the house reported at 8:46 p.m. May 26. She estimated the damage at $100.