By Bob Uphues
School custodian charged with burglary
Riverside police charged a custodian at Riverside-Brookfield High School with two counts of burglary after he reported stole several hundred dollars from an unlocked cafeteria safe and two vending machines on Aug. 22 at the school, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.
Jermaine Rupert, 36, of Maywood, reportedly confessed to the burglaries on Aug. 24, after officials from RBHS and Aramark, the school's custodial vendor, reportedly obtained video footage of Rupert leaving the cafeteria and a copy room containing the vending machines.
Police recovered the money from the trunk of Rupert's car, where he reportedly told police it was located. According to police, Rupert took the money in order to pay an attorney handling his possession of cannabis case in DuPage County.
Rupert previously was forbidden from entering the boys locker room at Riverside-Brookfield High School after a sting operation caught him prying into a locker, according to the police report.
The sting operation was organized in the wake of several thefts from the boys locker room, said police. After Rupert was prohibited from entering the locker room, the thefts stopped, police stated. He was not charged in connection with any of the locker room thefts.
Rupert remains in Cook County Jail with bond set at $10,000. He awaits an Aug. 29 preliminary hearing at Maybrook courthouse.
Car catches fire
A 33-year-old Brookfield woman escaped injury after fleeing her 2002 Audi, which caught fire after she pulled over in the 9100 block of 47th Street when she smelled something burning as she drove westbound.
As soon as she parked the vehicle, smoke began to appear in the passenger area, and the car soon started on fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and noted it appeared to have started in the passenger compartment.
The woman stated she does not smoke and that the only thing plugged into the car was her phone charger.
A 21-year-old Berwyn man whose motorcycle crashed in the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue, about 4 a.m. on Aug. 25, was charged felony drunk driving by Riverside police.
According to police, David Adams, 21, suffered a broken collar bone and thumb in the crash, which Adams claimed was caused by another vehicle making a wide turn from the east to northbound Harlem Avenue. That vehicle, Adams reportedly told police, crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic and clipped his motorcycle, causing him to lose control.
While being treated for his injuries at the hospital, Adams' blood-alcohol level was reported to be .152, almost twice the legal limit of .08. Police also learned that Adams' driving privileges were suspended at the time of the crash due to a prior DUI. In the past 18 months, he has also been convicted three times for driving while suspended.
As a result, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved felony charges against Adams for DUI and driving while license suspended.
Police reported they had reviewed surveillance footage from two businesses near the scene but did not show any vehicle turning from the east onto Harlem Avenue at the time of the crash.
Police continue, however, to request that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact them at 708-447-2127.
Attempted robbery reported
Riverside police continue to investigate an attempted strong-arm robbery that reportedly happened about 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 22 on Miller Road, an isolated street flanked on both sides by forested areas between Ogden Avenue and Lionel Road.
A 26-year-old Riverside woman said she was walking northbound on Miller Road, about halfway between Ogden and Lionel, when a man appeared from the woods to her right, struck her in the head and grabbed at her purse. The woman told police she struggled with the man and that during the struggle, her purse strap broke and she fell to the ground. The man then fled the area, leaving the purse behind.
The woman was reportedly dazed and had suffered facial injuries. Police, including a Cook County bloodhound unit, searched the wooded areas and streets in the vicinity until 2:30 a.m., but could not locate a suspect.
Paramedics transported the woman to MacNeal Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 19-25, 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.