Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Descriptions of the suspects differ, according to police reports.
Elmhurst police reported an attempted burglary in northeast Elmhurst and a burglary in central Elmhurst this week. In each case, the resident was home at the time of the crime. At 4:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, a Hispanic man in his early 20s rang the doorbell of a home on the 800 block of Parker. The resident was at home, heard the doorbell, then watched as the man walked back toward his car. Moments later, she heard the man enter the home through a basement window at the front of the house, police said. She yelled "Grab the gun! Grab the gun!" and the suspect left the scene, police said. The resident did not get a good look at the vehicle, and interviews with neighbors did not produce any leads, police said. On Tuesday evening, a resident of…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Resident surprises burglar, who throws a golf club at him then flees the area, police said.
A resident of the 300 block of North Shady Lane caught a man in the act of burglarizing his home at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Police said the victim was in his room when he heard a noise coming from his father's bedroom. He went to see what the noise was when he was confronted by a white man, about 18 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair. The suspect, who was wearing a black sweatshirt with green writing on it and blue jeans, threw a golf club at the victim then fled through a sliding glass door in the father's bedroom. The suspect was last seen fleeing westbound on North Avenue from Shady Lane in a black, older model Honda Civic. Taken from the home was $700 to $800 in cash that was in his father's jewelry box.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
'Shadowy Figure' is seen on surveillance video in the act of breaking into the home.
UPDATED 12:50 P.M. TUESDAY: Elmhurst police have arrested the man they believe broke into a home on the 400 block of South Street Monday. Rocco D. Passarella, 52, of 917 N. 23rd Ave., Melrose Park, was arrested and charged with residential burglary. Police said he had been staying with a resident on the 400 block of South Street. He was taken to DuPage County Jail. EARLIER: A burglar was caught on surveillance video while breaking into a home on the 400 block of South Street at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, Elmhurst police said. Police inspected the exterior of the property and noticed that the rear sliding glass door was open and there appeared to be signs of forced entry. A "shadowy figure" was seen on the video entering the rear door. …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Elmhurst police also report arrests for DUI, drugs, theft and disorderly conduct Oct. 19-25.
Despite two arrests for residential burglary Oct. 24, a resident of the 500 block of North Walnut came home at 5:55 p.m. Oct. 25 and found his front door ajar. He walked through the house and noticed various items thrown about the floor. His iPad, a laptop and cash was missing. The door jamb and edge of the door were damaged. A resident of Elm Creek Apartments told police a wristwatch and Tiffany diamond necklace were missing from her home. She said she hadn't worn them for awhile, but she had a cleaning service in her home in early August. Total loss is estimated at $4,200. Gail Robert, 43, 239 N. Mill Road, Addison, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol after police …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Police from multiple agencies worked together to track the suspects.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
An ongoing investigation by police from multiple jurisdictions has led to the arrest of two people suspected in a recent series of burglaries on the north side of Elmhurst. Elmhurst detectives, along with investigators from six other agencies, followed the suspects for several days. At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, they witnessed the two burglarize a home in Itasca, newly hired Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth said. The offenders were taken into custody at the scene, and they were in possession of stolen property, he said. Arrested and charged with residential burglary were Jeffrey Roman, 24, and Jessica Jakaitis, 26, both of Addison. The offenders were followed by police as they traveled through nine towns in the western suburbs looking…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
A gun also allegedly spotted near Salt Creek, arrests for DUI and drug paraphernalia, and a fight at York involves police.
A juvenile who was taking care of the cats at a home on the 100 block of North Maple discovered that the home had been burglarized sometime between 2:15 and 4:29 p.m. Oct. 18. The two upstairs bedrooms had been rifled through, and police noticed one of the screens on a basement window had been removed. Several drawers on the second level were open. It was unknown what was missing at the time of the report because the owners were out of town. Police described the offender as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, less than 6 feet tall with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue knit winter cap, a blue quilted jacket and jeans. At about 2:15 p.m. the same day, police received a call for a suspicious person on the 200 block of North …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Incidents reported by Elmhurst police Oct. 10 and 11.
Burglaries resulting in thousands of dollars in losses, and a suspicious incident, were reported by Elmhurst homeowners this past week. A home on the 400 block of North Emroy was burglarized Thursday evening. The resident told Elmhurst police a laptop was taken, and dresser drawers were open and their contents removed. Items stolen total between $3,000 and $5,000. Police said a screen from a window to the first-floor family room at the rear of the home had been removed to gain entry into the home. The report was made at 6:12 p.m. Oct. 11. Interviews with neighbors yielded no new information, police said. On the same day, at about 3:20 p.m., a resident of the 700 block of Lombard arrived home from work to find a man and woman, perhaps in …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Gangster Disciples members suspected in home burglaries as far north as Elmhurst and as far south as Frankfort.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Police investigators believe Gangster Disciples, based in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, are running a type of ruse burglary operation in the suburbs, hitting homes from Frankfort to Elmhurst. Two Chicago men believed to be members of the gang were arrested in Palos Heights Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tyrone Hughes, 22, of the 4100 block of South Prairie, and Christopher J. Carter, 20, of the 600 block of block of West Vermont, are charged with possession of stolen property. Additional charges of residential burglary and unlawful use of a weapon are pending, police said. Two other men police believe are connected were arrested in Midlothian several weeks ago. In the Palos cases, the burglars drive around in a white pickup truck with a …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Jewelry, a television and cash stolen from the homes.
Two homes were burglarized on Thursday, Oct. 4, Elmhurst police reported. Someone entered a home on the 300 block of North Shady Lane between 7:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and took several pieces of jewelry. Police did not provide an estimate of value. Also on Thursday, someone entered a home one block over, on the 400 block of North Shady Lane, between noon and 7:30 p.m. and took a television, bracelet and $100 in coins. Total loss is estimated at $1,200. There were no signs of forced entry, police said. A resident of the 100 block of South West Avenue told police his white Honda Civic hatchback was stolen from his driveway. The victim parked the vehicle in his driveway at 11 p.m. Oct. 3. When he got up at 6:45 a.m. Oct. 4, it was gone. …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Son comes home to find front door wide open.
Elmhurst police are investigating two burglaries that occurred during the daytime hours Tuesday. A resident of the 500 block of Washington told police she returned home from work at about 6:30 p.m. and didn't notice anything suspicious. But while she was cooking dinner, she saw that the dining room window was wide open. She began looking through the house and found her jewelry box open and its contents strewn on her bed. She was unsure which jewelry items were missing at the time of the report. Also taken from the home was $106 in cash and an iPad 2 from her son's room. Her son said when he got home from school the front door was wide open, but he assumed his brother left it open when he got home from school. Police said the burglary …