By Bob Uphues
A 59-year-old Berwyn man called Riverside police on Oct. 8 at about 4:40 p.m. to report that while he was driving his 2003 International tow truck northbound on Harlem Avenue from Ogden Avenue, a teenager jumped onto the flatbed of the truck and hitched a ride to 35th Street, where the driver stopped and yelled for the teen to get off the truck.
The teen jumped off and was last seen running westbound across Harlem Avenue and onto Robinson Court where he was met by two teenage girls waiting for him. The trio were last seen running toward Delaplaine Road.
Police couldn't find anyone matching the description of the teen. The tow truck driver said he didn't want the teen arrested, only talked to for doing something so dangerous.
Tools stolen from work vehicle
- Riverside police responded to the 300 block of Southcote Road on Oct. 9 at about 4:15 p.m. after a bicyclist called to report someone get out of an older gray vehicle with no front license plate and take something from a white van parked nearby.
When an officer arrived a 42-year-old Palos Park man who was doing work at a home on the block reported that someone had stolen a bag of tools out of his unlocked work van. The victim described the missing item as a black and orange bag with the words "Klein Tools" on it. Inside the bag were a Milwaukee band saw, a Milwaukee drill and various other tools, totaling about $700 in value.
- A landscaping company employee doing work in the 3000 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Oct. 9 at about 1:25 p.m. to report that while he was doing work in the backyard of a home on the block, someone stole an Echo trimmer, a Stihl backpack blower and a Stihl chainsaw from the unattended trailer parked out front.
The worker told police he was away from the trailer for just 10 minutes. The estimated value of the tools taken was $1,800.
- A resident of the 4400 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, came to police on Oct. 13 to report that the Ring doorbell at the family home had captured video of someone trying to break into her husband's work truck on Oct. 11 at about 1:05 a.m.
Footage reportedly showed a man walking around the truck, trying the passenger side door handles along with the tool storage compartment on the bed of the truck. In a second video clip time stamped at 1:34 a.m., the man is seen leaving on a bicycle.
Among the items missing from the truck were a Stihl chainsaw and a Stihl concrete saw.
Police also reported that the tools were discovered inside a Lexus stolen from the 4200 block of Elm Avenue. The date the vehicle was stolen was not immediately available.
Family quarrel ends with DUI charge
Riverside police charged a 26-year-old Cicero man with drunken driving and cited him for several traffic offenses after officers were called to the first block of North Delaplaine Road to respond to a report of a fight in progress.
When police arrived they observed two women and one man standing outside a white 2011 Lincoln passenger car, which was parked in the middle of Delaplaine Road. Police reported that the man was attempting to get into the driver's seat when police arrived.
The three people, all of whom appeared to have been drinking, were family members who had been arguing, police reported. The three, who reportedly had been coming from a bar in Berwyn, said the altercation never became physical.
Police observed an open beer bottle in the cup holder next to the driver's seat and the odor of burnt cannabis. The rear passenger side window also appeared to have been shattered, with glass inside the vehicle, but not outside.
After talking with all involved, police determined the man had been driving the vehicle. He failed field sobriety tests, police said, but would not submit to a breath test. In addition to DUI, the man was also cited for improper parking on a roadway, having a suspended driver's license, no proof of insurance and transporting open alcohol.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 7-13 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.