By Bob Uphues
A 73-year-old Carol Stream woman sustained serious injuries after she reportedly lost consciousness behind the wheel of her 2000 Acura, which was southbound on First Avenue at Waubansee Road in Riverside on Dec. 9 at 11:12 a.m., and crashed head-on into a northbound vehicle.
The impact of the crash sent both cars spinning out of control, with the Acura hurtling down an embankment and landing in a wooded area just west of the Des Plaines River. The other vehicle, a 2015 Ford Flex, came to rest in the middle of the roadway, which was littered with debris from both vehicles, said police.
Paramedics transported the driver of the Acura to Loyola University Medical Center. The other driver was also injured, according to police, but they did not disclose the extent of those injuries other than to say they were "less critical."
Police later learned that the driver of the Acura lost consciousness possibly due to her pacemaker, "which she stated seemed not to be operating properly before the crash," according to a police press release.
First Avenue was shut down between Ogden Avenue and Parkview Road for about 45 minutes, while police investigated the incident and removed the vehicles and crews cleaned up the roadway.
Riverside police cited the driver of the Acura with driving in the wrong lane, damage to public property and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
Brookfield home burglarized
Brookfield police continue to investigate the burglary of a home in the 4100 block of Arthur Avenue, which took place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 9.
One of the victims told police that the house was secure when it was last seen intact at 9 a.m. At 3 p.m., the rear door was ajar and the interior of the home had been ransacked, with several items taken.
Police said they could find no signs of forced entry, but observed that items were strewn throughout the living room and two bedrooms. Among the items reported missing were Dell and Asus laptop computers, a Nikon camera, a Nintendo Switch, two external computer hard drives, a GoPro camera, a 40-inch Samsung TV, an Apple Watch and $950 in cash.
According to police, a nearby surveillance camera showed two men walking down the south gangway to the home at about 9:40 a.m. on Dec. 9. One of the victims also told police that on Dec. 10, his cellphone got an alert that his Apple Watch had been turned on, but was later turned off and was unable to be tracked.
A resident of the 3600 block of Grand Boulevard called police to report that during the overnight hours of Dec. 9-10 someone broke the passenger side vent window of his work van, gained entry and removed a Samsung Galaxy S9 cellphone and two bags containing cordless drills.
According to police, a security camera captured a burglary at about 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 10. A vehicle is seen pulling behind the van before a man gets out, breaks the window with an unknown object and then enters the front passenger compartment and rear cargo area.
North Riverside police responded to the parking lot at Kohl's, 2200 Harlem Ave., on Dec. 13 at about 12:45 p.m. after a 55-year-old Broadview resident called to report that someone had entered his unlocked 2012 Buick and removed a Dell laptop computer.
The following day, police responded to Petco, 2204 Harlem Ave., for a report of a suspicious package left in a trash can in the restroom. The bag contained the laptop stolen from the Buick.
A 21-year-old Chicago man called police on Dec. 14 to report that between 5:10 and 6:30 p.m. someone had broken into his gray Infiniti Q50, which was parked in the lot at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.
The offender reportedly broke out the rear driver's side window to gain entry and removed eight pairs of Jordan #11 shoes and seven pairs of Yeezy shoes. The estimated value of the shoes was $3,300.
A 63-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police on Dec. 13 to report that she had been the victim of a telephone scam.
The victim told police she'd received multiple calls from someone claiming they were from ComEd and that her electric service would be cut off unless she paid $395 in service charges immediately.
The caller told the victim to purchase Green Dot cash cards totaling that amount and then give the caller the redemption codes. After loading a card with $400 at CVS and passing along the information, the victim was instructed to purchase another $640 in cards, at which time a store employee alerted the woman to what was happening.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 9-15, 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.
— Compiled by Bob Uphues