Berwyn Police Department

  • Agency: Berwyn Police Department
  • Address: 6401 W. 31st Street, Berwyn, 60402 IL
  • Chief: James D Ritz (Chief of Police)
Phone: 708-795-5600
Fax: 708-795-5627

Berwyn Police Department is located at 6401 W. 31st Street, Berwyn, 60402 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is James D Ritz. The Berwyn Police Department phone number is 708-795-5600.

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Happy Halloween from the Berwyn Police Department! Trick-or-Treating is recommended between the hours of 4:00 and 6:30PM. For some helpful Halloween safety tips, make sure to check out page 8 of the Autumn issue of Berwyn WATCH.

On Monday (10/16) at approximately 8:32 AM, Berwyn Police responded to a report of an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking on the 7000blk of 26th Parkway. The offender is described as a black male in his mid-30s, approximately 5’9” in height, approximately 140lbs, black hair, light brown eyes with long lashes, pock-marked face and featured a dark 5 o’clock shadow at the time of the incident (see image for composite likeness). He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap and a gray hooded sweatshirt. He approached the victim as she was placing her children in her vehicle, grabbed her by the arm and reached into his pocket as to imply that he had some type of weapon (no weapon displayed) and took her vehicle (black Hyundai Tucson with a license plate of R345992). If you have any information that may assist in the identification of the above-described offender, please contact Detective Tate at 708-795-2164.

Many thanks to Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, Noelle Viard and Dr. Jason Quintal from Selah Freedom for their presentation on Wednesday at our "Prevention Through Education" community event, where they discussed the hidden epidemic of sex trafficking, how it is occurring in our own backyard, and what we as a community can do to help. In case you missed it, here is the full video - please like and share to help spread the word! Also, if you'd prefer to watch on YouTube, the video can be found here:

Make sure to join us tonight (10/11) for this informative community presentation.

Guest Speaker Elizabeth Fisher is the President/CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization with the mission to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited. She will be joined by Virginia Mary Kendall, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, to help us learn how sex trafficking is affecting our own children in Chicagoland and what you can do to help.

Guest Speaker Elizabeth Fisher is the President/CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization with the mission to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited. She will be joined by Virginia Mary Kendall, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, to help us learn how sex trafficking is affecting our own children in Chicagoland and what you can do to help. Child Care/Open Gym available for children over the age of 5 Traducción personal al español cortesía del Distrito Escolar de Norte Berwyn #98

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Arrest of Axe Wielding Offender On Saturday, June 24, 2017, at approximately 11:05am, Berwyn Police units responded to several calls of a disturbance in the area of 3447 S. Ridgeland Avenue. Callers were reporting that a male subject was swinging an ax at people and vehicles in the area. Upon officers arrival it was reported that the offender fled in a vehicle, a Mercedes SUV west on Ogden Avenue. A few minutes later units received a call of a male and vehicle matching the description was in the 3700 block of Wesley damaging vehicles with an ax. The callers related that the offender fled the area west on 39th Street. Shortly after officers located the suspected offending vehicle and suspect. Officers activated their Police emergency Equipment and attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the suspect, however the offender fled from the officers and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect was eventually boxed in in the 1900 block Ridgeland-Cuyler alley at which time the offender surrendered to the police. The offender was subsequently identified as Thach Ho, a 43 year old Asian who resides in Burbank, but used to reside in Berwyn. Thach Ho was subsequently criminally charged with the following: • 10 Felony Criminal Damage to Property charges; • 1 Felony Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, • 4 Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property charges; • Misdemeanor Reckless Driving; • Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of Drugs; and, • Several miscellaneous Traffic Citations. Ho has 11 Felony charges pending in court; 6 Misdemeanor charges and several traffic ciatatons.

With temperatures in excess of 90 degrees through next week, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Public Cooling Centers are available in the event that you should find yourself without access to adequate cooling in your home. The following locations are designated cooling centers in the City of Berwyn: The Berwyn Police Department at 6401 W. 31st St is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Berwyn Public Library at 2701 S. Harlem Av is open Mon-Thu from 9AM-9PM, and Fri-Sat from 9AM-5PM The Berwyn Recreation Department at 6501 W. 31st St is open Mon-Fri from 8AM-8PM The Freedom Park Administrative Office at 3701 S. Scoville is open Mon-Fri from 9AM-5PM If you need to use the cooling center, but do not have transportation, please contact the Berwyn Police Department at 708-795-5600 to make arrangements. Lastly, we encourage you to check on your neighbors (especially the elderly) during periods of extreme weather, to ensure that they are safe. Thank you for your time, and please have a safe, enjoyable summer.

We are proud to have several of our investigators currently attending the 2017 National Law Enforcement Traini​ng on Child Exploitation in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a national training event to expand the efforts and knowledge base of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors by providing specialized training focused on investigating and prosecuting technology-facilitated crimes against children. Five members of our department currently serve on the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, so the training they receive this week will be of great assistance during future investigations.

UPDATE: THE MISSING SUBJECT HAS BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH AND IS REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY. Thanks to everyone for your concern and for spreading the word. MISSING JUVENILE: Tonight we are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing juvenile that was last seen at approximately 5:30 this afternoon in the 2400blk of Clarence Avenue. Areana McCulloch is a 12 year old white female with long brown hair, who was last seen wearing a dark–colored t-shirt, pink shorts, and is believed to not be wearing any shoes. She is 4’11 in height and is approximately 85lbs. If you should see a child matching Areana's description, please call the Berwyn Police Department immediately at 708-795-5600 x0 so that she can be reunited with her family. Please share this message to help spread the word throughout the community.

Berwyn House Fire Under Investigation - On May 05, 2017, Berwyn Police and Fire Fighters responded to 3309 S. Home Avenue for a report of smoke and fire emitting from the house. When Police Officers arrived they observed heavy smoke and fire emitting from the roof and several windows. Berwyn Fire Fighters, assisted by several neighboring Fire Departments worked diligently at extinguishing the blaze. Once the fire was extinguished, Fire Fighters were able to conduct an interior search of the residence at which time they discovered the body of one deceased male. The residence is owned by John Anderson, 64 years old. Neither the Police nor the Fire Fighters are able to positively identify the victim of the fire at this time. Berwyn Fire Investigators assisted by the United States Fire Marshall are conducting the cause and origin of the fire. Berwyn Police Detectives are working collaboratively with the Fire investigators to determine the cause of death and the identity of the victim.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council, Chief Cimaglia presented Honorable Mention Awards to the members of the Berwyn Police Department who assisted in the swift investigation of the double homicide that occurred on March 31st. In addition, Community Activist Andrew Holmes was honored for his canvassing of the area near the crime scene to encourage residents and potential witnesses to come forward with any information that could help in the Police Department’s investigation. Thanks to skilled investigative work and the support and participation of the community, we have been able to provide some closure to victims’ family as well as maintain the public’s confidence in the Berwyn Police Department.

RECOVERED FIREARM INVESTIGATION: Berwyn Police responded to Lincoln Middle School (6432 W. 16th Street) at approximately 1:38PM this afternoon (April 17th). Units were made aware of an incident involving a juvenile student, who had posted a video on Snapchat that displayed what appeared to be a handgun in the student’s possession. The school was immediately placed on a hard lock-down, and a search was conducted within the school. During the search, a handgun was recovered. Currently, Berwyn Police have four subjects being held for investigation in regards to this incident. We will update this original post as new details become available. Update 4/17/2017 3:19PM - Additional: School authorities have been working in collaboration with our investigators, and we can report at this time that the weapon in question has been recovered, and all of the involved subjects have been detained pending further investigation. There is no threat or danger to the greater public or within the school as a result of this incident.

UPDATE: Homicide Investigation On Friday, March 31, 2017, at 05:29am Berwyn Patrol Units responded to a call of two people down in the residence at 3129 S. Oak Park Avenue. Upon making entry into the residence, two victims, Ira Moore, 67 years old, a Vietnam Veteran and his wife Tommie Moore 70 years old, who had been married for over 20 years, were discovered deceased on the kitchen floor. Throughout the investigation, information was developed that led to a suspect who was identified as Roger M. Scoby, a 40 year old male who is a resident of Schaumburg, Illinois. Scoby was taken into custody with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. Subsequently, additional evidence was located and recovered from Scoby’s apartment in Schaumburg and from the interior of his vehicle. During the interview process, Roger Scoby confessed to committing the heinous criminal act of murder to Ira and Tommie Moore. After reviewing all of the evidence, facts and interviews, the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Scoby with two counts of Murder. Scoby is being processed and prepared to attend a bond hearing on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. Respectfully, Michael D. Cimaglia Acting Chief of Police Berwyn Police Department

On Friday, March 31, 2017, at 05:29am Berwyn Patrol Units responded to a call of two people down in the residence at 3129 S. Oak Park Avenue. Upon making entry into the residence, two victims, Ira Moore, 67 years old, a Vietnam Veteran and his wife Tommie Moore 70 years old, who had been married for over 20 years, were discovered deceased on the kitchen floor. The initial appearance of the scene showed signs of the possibility of a Murder/Suicide scene, however after further investigation and autopsy results from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, it has been determined that both victims suffered from gunshot wounds to their heads. Mrs. Moore was also stabbed numerous times in her upper torso, and both deaths were ruled homicides. The Berwyn Police department contacted the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation by conducting the forensic portion of the investigation and recovering any and all evidence, which is still being processed. Berwyn Police Criminal Investigators are working continuously on this investigation, investigating and following up on all leads. The lead investigator assigned to this investigation is Berwyn Police Detective Thomas Tate who can be contacted directly with any additional or pertinent information at 708-795-2164 or the general telephone number for the Berwyn police Department 708-795-5600 and ask for any Investigator. Respectfully, Michael D. Cimaglia Acting Chief of Police Berwyn Police Department

Death Investigation: At 5:29AM this morning (3/31), Berwyn Police units responded to 3129 South Oak Park Avenue for a report of two unresponsive subjects inside the residence. Upon arrival and upon making entry, two victims, an elderly male and female were discovered to be deceased by suspicious means. Our department is actively investigating this incident, and will provide additional information as it is confirmed.

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Berwyn Police Investigations Unit conducted a narcotics destruction event. Approximately 1,400 pieces of drug/narcotic related evidence, with an estimated street value in excess of $500,000 was transported to a certified disposal company located in Peoria, Illinois, for destruction by incineration. All of the items that were destroyed were from closed cases or had orders from court to be destroyed. The items included but were not limited to cannabis, cocaine, heroin, PCP, pills and drug paraphernalia. The last Berwyn Police Department narcotics disposal or destruction was in 2014.

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Last night, we honored the graduating class of the 2017 Berwyn Auxiliary Police Academy. Special guest Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson joined the Berwyn Police administration and Mayor Lovero for the swearing-in of twenty new Auxiliary Officers that will help to promote safety in our community. We were especially proud of three candidates, Auxiliary Officers Erik Meraz, Arturo Hernandez and Jonathan Flores, who joined the Auxiliary contingent immediately after graduating from our Police Explorer program late last year. Their ongoing commitment to serving this city, along with the dedication of all our new Auxiliary Officers, is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all!

FINAL UPDATE 3/9/17 1:25PM: We have confirmed with AT&T that this matter is resolved. Thank you again for spreading the word, and make sure to program our non-emergency number (708-795-5600) into your phone if you should ever need to contact us. UPDATE #1 - AT&T has announced via Twitter that this matter has been resolved. Please continue to call our non-emergency number (708-795-5600 x0) if you are unable to reach us at 9-1-1 in an emergency situation. We will advise when we receive final confirmation from AT&T's 9-1-1 Resolution Center that repairs have been completed. Thank you for your assistance in spreading this information. ORIGINAL POST - IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: AT&T is currently experiencing a nationwide wireless 9-1-1 outage. If you are in need of emergency assistance and cannot reach an operator using 9-1-1, please call 708-795-5600 and press 0 to speak to an operator. As of 8:53 PM on March 8, 2017 this outage is still in effect. This announcement will be edited and updated as new information becomes available. Please share this message with friends and family in the Berwyn area.

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at approximately 8:00pm, Berwyn Police units responded to several calls of gun shots fired in the area of the 3800 block of Harlem Avenue. Responding officers located five victims who were shot at while inside of their vehicle. Officers located and recovered five shell casings. Although no one was shot or injured, they were shot at while sitting in their vehicle. Officers received the following description of the offenders. The offending vehicle driven was a silver Mercury Mountaineer. The driver was a female in her early twenties. The shooter was a passenger described as a male white/Hispanic in his early twenties. The offenders fled the scene in the described vehicle in an unknown direction. Investigators located a vehicle matching the description of the offending vehicle parked in the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue. Surveillance was established on the suspected offending vehicle and on Friday, February 24, 2017, at approximately 1:00pm within 48 hours of the original incident, two suspects were stopped and detained. During the interviews, both suspects placed themselves in the area at the time of the shooting; however, they then requested an attorney. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, and upon executing the search warrant, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was located and recovered from a compartment inside of the suspects’ vehicle. Both suspects were subsequently identified by the victims as being the offenders who shot at them. Investigators contacted the Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office, and after a complete review of the facts, the State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges against both offenders. Both offenders were charged with five counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm each and are expected to be indicted on additional charges of Attempted First Degree Murder at a later date. Offenders are identified as follows: Driver of the offending vehicle: Angela Beauchamp, 20 years of age from 3533 S. Harlem Ave, Berwyn Shooter: Alejandro Cossyleon, 23 years of age from 3533 S. Harlem Ave, Berwyn For additional information regarding this case, please contact Criminal Investigations Unit Commander Sandro Scardamaglia at 708-795-2160.

The Berwyn Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit has been conducting an ongoing investigation of multiple residential burglaries occurring since May of 2016 until present. The investigation determined that the victims were all senior residents who resided alone. A burglary pattern was identified which provided investigators with enough information to establish a surveillance schedule of potential residences and victims. After reviewing all of the information, surveillance authorization was granted and investigators began conducting surveillance on suspected victims' residences. On February 09, 2017, investigators conducted surveillance on a potential victim’s residence in Berwyn. At approximately 11:10 pm, a male Hispanic wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt approached the rear door of the surveilled residence. Investigators observed the suspect utilize a flashlight and pry type tool to attempt to gain entry into the residence. When unable to force open the door, the suspect began walking away from the residence. Investigators followed the suspect on foot and apprehended the suspect as he attempted to enter into a vehicle that was parked on the street. The suspect was identified as Erik Albavera, a thirty year old Berwyn resident. Albavera subsequently cooperated with investigators and confessed to committing several burglaries within the City of Berwyn and several other surrounding communities. Albavera was subsequently criminally charged by the Berwyn Police Department with nine ( 9 ) counts of Residential Burglary and two ( 2 ) counts of Attempted Residential Burglary. In addition to the charges lodged against Albavera through the Berwyn Police Department, several other police departments from surrounding communities charged Albavera with several counts of Residential Burglary. Currently Albavera’s case is scheduled for a status hearing on March 01, 2017.

Last night, the administration of the Berwyn Police Department and Mayor Robert Lovero congratulated the graduates of our most recent Citizens Police Academy class, who completed the ten-week course that gives a behind the scenes look at how our department investigates and prevents crimes. Our Volunteers in Police Service were also honored, as several members earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the many hours of dedicated assistance that they provide to our community. We will announce on this page when applications will be accepted for the next Citizens Police Academy class if you or a family member wishes to participate.