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Police reports: Brookfield, Riverside and Lyons for July 31

Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. 


Man charged with criminal damage to property

Daniel W. Kaspar, 29, of the 9400 block of Monroe Avenue, used his elbow to break a window at Colony Motel and then ran from a police officer responding to a complaint from the motel. After running through and damaging three fences, Kaspar was caught by the officer, arrested and charged with criminal damage to property and resisting-obstructing a police officer at 4:15 a.m. July 21. A friend who was with Kaspar said they had participated in a pub crawl and stayed out drinking until 4 a.m.

Gargoyle statue stolen, recovered

A man who was inebriated stole a resin gargoyle statue from outside a house on Park Avenue between 3 and 4 a.m. recently and the statue wound up in the car trunk of his now-ex-girlfriend. On July 19, the woman was notified by several friends that the stolen statue, which was depicted on signs posted throughout the village, was in her trunk. The woman was confused and turned the statue over to police, who returned it to its owner. The man was issued a village ordinance citation.

Truck window broken, tools reportedly stolen

A truck parked in the 3600 block of Woodside Avenue had its passenger-side window broken out between 5:45 p.m. July 17 and 7:05 a.m. July 18. The truck’s owner found an air tool on his front seat that was not there when he parked the truck, in addition to two nylon bags. Several tools and scanners were missing.

Sandwich stolen
from gas station

A cashier at a gas station in the 3100 block of Maple Avenue denied two teens trying to pay for a sandwich by cashing their lottery ticket because they couldn’t show valid identification. The teens then threw the ticket and an unknown amount of money at the cashier, grabbed the sandwich and ran away. The cashier chased the teens down the street and tried to retrieve the sandwich and give them their money, but the teens threw the sandwich onto the sidewalk and continued running. The incident occurred at 6:54 p.m. July 15.

Wedding rings missing

A couple in the 9100 block of Sheridan Avenue reported that their wedding rings were missing at 7:15 p.m. July 15. A police officer did not notice any signs of forced entry into the home.

Fence removed from skate area at Ehlert Park

The chain link fence bordering the south side of the skate area at Ehlert Park was removed between 9 p.m. July 14 and 8 a.m. July 15, a Public Works employee reported. The fencing and several poles were found nearby on the ground. Damage was estimated at $250.

Ehlert Park electrical
outlet box stolen

An electrical outlet box was stolen from the pavilion area at Ehlert Park, a Public Works employee discovered at 9:14 a.m. July 15. The box was valued at $5.

Fire pit reportedly
stolen from backyard

A resident in the 9500 block of Jefferson Avenue reported that a fire pit was stolen from her backyard between 1 and 2:30 p.m. July 15. The fire pit was valued at $75.


Theft reported

A man who hosted an ex-roommate at his home in the 100 block of Quincy Street for three weeks said he stole a $2,000 vacuum, video games, Blu-ray player and bicycle. The man’s sister recovered the vacuum from a pawn shop in North Riverside.

Saw, GPS stolen from garage

A resident in the 400 block of Kent Road said someone broke into his garage between 10 p.m. July 16 and 5:30 a.m. July 17 and stole several items, including a saw, GPS, weedwacker, electric blower, extension cords and $30 in cash. Police found marks on the garage indicating it had been broken into.


Teen hit in face with brick

A teenager reported he was walking with friends in an alley near Konrad and Anna avenues around 9:11 p.m. July 13 when another group of teens approached him, and one of them hit him in the face with a brick. After taking in accounts from multiple witnesses, police arrested a 17-year-old from La Grange who admitted to striking the teen.

Burglarized house left with stove burners on

The owner of a house in the 8000 block of 42nd Court returned home July 18 to find two TVs missing and four burners on the stove left on. He had left the house the night before with his wife and kids and returned at 3:20 p.m. He said he didn’t know who might have burglarized his home, but believed that someone was trying to blow it up by leaving the stove burners on. Lyons firefighters ventilated the house and did not find further gas leakage.

Date leads to stolen wallet

A man was showering early July 13 at a motel in the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue when a man he spent the night with stole about $50 in cash and his iPhone. They met the night before through a telephone dating service.

Cadillac stolen

A woman getting ready to take her son to day camp reported that her 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood was stolen from the 4400 block of Amelia Avenue at 10:29 a.m. July 16.

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