On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 10:00 p.m., Riverside police, assisted by South Barrington detectives, arrested a female resident of Chicago for numerous burglary and felony theft charges. In July 2018, Riverside experienced six separate garage burglaries and a stolen auto, all within 1-hour in the early morning hours of July 12, 2018. Riverside police quickly developed suspects from video evidence recovered from a Chicago CVS Pharmacy, which showed the offenders buying items with stolen credit cards from Riverside burglaries.
Riverside police then obtained a search warrant this week for a storage site at 3327 West 47th Street in Chicago. Riverside and South Barrington detectives executed the search warrant on the storage facility and recovered over 250 items of stolen property from residential burglaries in Riverside and South Barrington.
Riverside police believe there is stolen property from other communities in the property they recovered and that part of the investigation is ongoing. However, Riverside police know these suspects are being investigated by New Lenox, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge and South Barrington police departments. The male offender is now in custody in Winnebago County Sheriff's Office for an unrelated burglary that occurred last weekend. Riverside detectives will interview him later this week.
The male offender in this burglary ring would steal the items and, oftentimes, steal a vehicle at the end of the burglary spree to transport the stolen property from suburban communities to Chicago.
The role of the female offender (arrested Tuesday) in the burglary crew was to sell the stolen property; she rented a storage unit to store the property and would then sell those items in person or on the “Let Go” app.
Riverside detectives are still recovering stolen property from "Let Go"; that part of the investigation is ongoing.
Arrested by Riverside police was a 19 year old female of Chicago. She is charged with possession of stolen property, $500-$10,000 in value, a Class 3 felony, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle (class 4 felony), a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, stolen the night of the burglary spree in Riverside. This same individual has also been charged by South Barrington PD with numerous felonies.
Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated, “This was a sophisticated burglary crew committing burglaries throughout the entire state of Illinois and my detectives recovered stolen property from Wisconsin and Indiana in the storage shed too. Some recovered stolen property was from Hammond, Indiana and Salem Lakes, Wisconsin and our detectives will contact detectives from those two communities to bring them in on this overall investigation. The teamwork between Riverside detectives and South Barrington detectives was outstanding. I suspect there’ll be many charges from several jurisdictions on both of these individuals. I'd like to say too that South Barrington detectives played a major role in assisting Riverside detectives in this overall burglary investigation”.
More information will be released on the male offender once he is officially charged by Riverside Police Department.
Note: Salem Lakes, Wisconsin takes in the community of Silver Lake, Wisconsin which is the location of the burglaries in Wisconsin.
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