RIVERSIDE – Two men were charged in separate cases involving what police said were attempts to steal bicycles in the village.
On Monday, police charged Gabriel Leanos, 18, of the 1500 block of South 49th Court, Cicero, with one count of criminal trespass. According to a police department news release, police believed Leanos was riding around Riverside looking for bikes to steal.
Police were contacted by a resident who said they saw a man ride his bike into a neighbor's yard in the 100 block of Bloomingbank Road, as well as other yards, looking at unlocked bikes. When the resident confronted the man, he rode away, according to police reports.
Police found Leanos in the 300 block of Bloomingbank Road and detained him while they spoke with the witness. Leanos told police he was riding in Riverside and saw a nice looking racing bike in a resident's front yard. He stopped to look at the bike and rode off when confronted, the release stated.
Police said there have been several cases in recent weeks where unlocked bikes have been stolen from driveways, open garages and at the train depot, according to the release.
In another case, Riverside police charged Miztli Reyes, 19, of the 9100 block of Fairview Avenue, Brookfield, was charged Tuesday with one count of theft after he allegedly stole a bike from Riverside Brookfield High School.
Police were called at 12:30 p.m. to the high school. The victim told police he had parked his bike on a school rack at about 9:40 a.m. and it was gone when he came back at noon. Police, with help from school officials, reviewed security footage and were able to identify a suspect from the footage, according to police.
Police said officers were sent to Reyes' last known address and found the bike in his backyard. Police learned Reyes was in a summer school program at the school, and after being sent home for a discipline-related problem, he allegedly stole the bike.