October 8th, 2019 1:13 PM
By Bob Uphues
Riverside police continue to investigate an apparent break-in at Riverside Garage, 18 East Ave., on Oct. 4 at about 11:10 p.m.
Police responded to the scene after being notified that the burglar alarm had been triggered. Police didn't locate any offenders at the business when they arrived, but they did observe that the glass on the lower portion of the middle garage door had been broken.
The owner of the business told police that nothing appeared to be missing from the business and no unfamiliar vehicles were parked outside. Surveillance camera video from the Riverside train station south of the tracks showed a vehicle pulling into the garage parking lot, backing into a stall and turning off its headlights at about the time the alarm was triggered. A passing freight train obscured the view of when the vehicle might have left.
A resident of the 400 block of Kent Road in Riverside contacted police to report that their vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, had been broken into during the overnight hours of Oct. 1-2.
The vehicle reportedly was unlocked. Taken from the vehicle was a black patent leather handbag containing a yellow wallet with an unknown amount of cash, identification cards and a credit card.
The victim told police she got a call from her bank, informing her that someone had made the purchase in Forest Park at about 10:50 a.m. The victim told police that she believed her card may have been compromised when she used it to purchase gas in Brookfield at about 10:40 a.m.
She told police that a couple parked in a dark Nissan were parked nearby at the time of the Brookfield purchase and that they may have used wireless technology to steal the card information.
Police confirmed that none of the pumps at the Brookfield gas station had been compromised.
According to the police report, the victim had written the alleged offender several checks in the past, but the signature of the one in question did not match the victim's. Police said that the check had been removed from the back of the checkbook. The carbon copy, which was left attached, had no evidence of having been written upon, police said.
According to police, the vehicle was running and in gear, with the driver's foot on the brake when police arrived. A police officer was able to enter the passenger side of the vehicle and turn off the engine as the driver woke up.
The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests, appeared intoxicated and admitted drinking before getting behind the wheel. Police said that after he refused to submit to a breath test at the police station, the driver was placed in a cell for more than two hours to sober up before they processed him and drove him home.
According to police, the driver admitted to drinking "three or four Jack Daniel's" before driving and that he failed all field sobriety tests. More than an hour later, the driver's blood-alcohol content was reported to be .142, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
In addition to charging the driver with DUI, police cited him for speeding.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 30-Oct. 6 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.