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Police Reports

Police reports: Brookfield and Riverside for Feb. 26

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.


Stove-top fire reported

A stove-top fire resulted in minor damage to a kitchen at 1 a.m. Feb. 10 in the 3500 block of Grand Boulevard in Brookfield.

Fire officials arrived moments after the fire was reported and extinguished it. It is believed the fire was caused by built up grease. Fire officials advised to have the stove checked by a professional because of damage to wiring in the stove.

Identity theft reported

A Brookfield man applying for a home loan discovered he had an auto loan from 2007 that was sent to collections, even though he knew nothing about it. The victim said his brother had a history of using the victim’s identity in the past, including two other incidents that had been reported to Cicero police. The victim’s brother had been deported to Mexico and he has no further information about him.

Brookfield man charged after cheating cabbie

A Brookfield man was charged with theft of services after he didn’t pay his cab fare from Chicago to his home in Brookfield at 3:25 a.m. Feb. 13. A cab driver told police he picked up John M. Burow, 46, of the 3900 block of Madison Avenue, and when they arrived, Burow said he would be right back to pay the $80 fare but never returned. The cab driver called police and Burow was found in the home he shares with his brother sleeping on the floor. Burow told police he already paid the driver $100.

Note to readers: Follow up reporting by the Suburban Life confirmed John M. Burow's case was later dismissed.


• Rebecca Fredona, 39, of the 900 block of Windemere Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at 2:08 a.m. Feb. 12 following a traffic stop on Prairie Avenue. Fredona failed field sobriety tests and refused a Breathalyzer test. She also was cited for improper lane use.

• Nial E. Maloney, 29, of the 100 block of Park Road, La Grange, was charged with two counts of DUI of alcohol at 1:54 a.m. Feb. 16 after his vehicle struck a fire hydrant in the 3800 block of Grove Avenue. Police noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Maloney’s breath. He also was cited for damage to village property and driving on the sidewalk.


Smoky car results in
revoked license charges

A wake of smoke from a tailpipe prompted charges against a Worth man for driving with a revoked license at 1:44 a.m. Feb. 12. Baltazar E. Cardona, 21, of the 7200 block of West 107th Street, was driving south on Harlem Avenue when an officer noticed thick smoke coming from the vehicle as it turned on to Herrick Road. The officer then discovered Cardon was driving on a revoked license.

Attempted ID theft

A Riverside woman got an earful when she wouldn’t reveal her Medicare number to a caller on the phone – who turned out not to be from Medicare on Feb. 14. The woman said she received a blocked call at about 2 p.m. from a man who identified himself as Ricky Smith from Medicare. He asked the woman for her Medicare number and other personal information. When the woman refused, the man called her a vulgar name and hung up. The woman then called Medicare, which said it had not called her and advised the woman call police.


Gennaro Sepe, 30, of the 8300 block of North Marshfield, Chicago, was charged with DUI of alcohol after a traffic stop in the 7800 block of Ogden Avenue for expired plates at 4:42 a.m. Feb. 16. Police noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Sepe’s breath. He failed field sobriety tests. He was also charged with improper lane usage, expired registration, no valid insurance and not having a front license plate.

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