By Bob Skolnik
Arrest made in stolen credit card case
A Streator man was arrested, Aug. 13, and charged with using stolen credit cards in Brookfield in a case that started in May. Eric C. Flanery, 34, of Streator, was charged with stealing two credit cards and two Bank of America debit cards from the Metra ticket agent at the Brookfield train station and using the cards to purchase about $500 worth of merchandise on May 8. Flanery allegedly used the cards to purchase three knives from Friendship Trading at 9920 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, a bottle of vodka at Phoenix Liquors in Brookfield, and a cellphone and prepaid minutes at the CVS drugstore on Ogden. Flanery is also charged with using the stolen credit cards to purchase nearly $200 worth of merchandise at the Target store in Hodgkins.
On July 13, an employee of Friendship Trading identified Flanery in a lineup conducted at the Hodgkins Police Department. On Aug. 13, he was taken from Cook County Jail to the Brookfield Police Department where he agreed to be questioned. Flanery told the investigators that, at the time of the use of the credit cards, he was in "a complete blackout drunken phase." The State's Attorney's Office then approved one felony count of unlawful use of a credit card against Flanery, and he was taken back to Cook County Jail.
Four adolescent girls were followed by a man in an older model, teal-colored, beat-up pick-up truck in North Riverside on the afternoon of Aug. 15. The girls, age 12 and 13, were walking near 8th Avenue and 24th Street when they noticed the truck following them. They told police officers that the truck stopped ahead of them and the driver, who appeared to be a Hispanic man with a beard wearing a neon-colored shirt, looked toward the ground, seemed to kick something and then got back into his truck. The girls ran to one of the girl's home. They said the truck remained in the area, so after about 10 minutes they called the police. When police arrived they searched for the pick-up truck but were unable to find it.
DUI and cocaine
A Chicago man was arrested and charged with drunk driving and possession of a controlled substance after he was stopped by Riverside police on Harlem Avenue in the very early hours on Aug. 18. Eric Mendez was reportedly driving a 2003 white Nissan south on Harlem Avenue, speeding along at about 63 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone around 35th Street.
When he was stopped, a Riverside police officer observed a strong smell of alcohol and the smell of burnt cannabis. Mendez consented to take a portable blood alcohol test which recorded a blood alcohol content of .159, almost twice the legal limit. Mendez was then arrested and searched. In the change pocket of his right pants leg, a clear plastic baggie containing a white substance was found.
Mendez reportedly then asked the officer, "We gonna be cool about that?" The officer asked Mendez if he had been smoking cannabis in the car and Mendez allegedly replied, "Yeah." He reportedly said he had been at the Perception nightclub in Berwyn, contradicting an earlier statement he had made to the police officer.
The white substance was tested and reported to be 1.28 grams of cocaine. Mendez was charged with possession of a controlled substance, DUI and three moving violations.
Coyote damages air conditioner
On Aug. 14, one of the coyotes that have been visiting Riverside apparently chewed through the wires of an air conditioner at 497 Uvedale in Riverside. The homeowner told police the coyote chewed through wires under a deck at the home and caused approximately $600 in damage to an air-conditioning unit.
Air conditioner stolen
A window air conditioner was stolen from an apartment at 315 E. Burlington in Riverside during the evening of Aug. 13. The unit was later found on the south side of a house about 50 feet from the apartment building. No suspects have been identified.
A black metal and wooden park bench was stolen from the driveway of a home at 9024 W. Forestview Dr. in North Riverside on the night of Aug. 13. The homeowner said the bench was there at 11:30 p.m. that evening but was gone by 7 a.m. the next morning. The bench was valued at approximately $100.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug 12-18, 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.