One woman, two men arrested for coin shop burglary
By Frank Abderholden fabderholden@stmedianetwork | @abderholden October 25, 2013 12:16PM
Michael Paulson, Martha Paulson, Robert Boardman
Updated: November 27, 2013 6:07AM
After a nine-month investigation, Gurnee police filed charges against a Lake Villa couple and a Chicago man in connection with burglaries that netted guns, antique coins and jewelry from stores in Tinley Park, Elk Grove Village and Gurnee, recovering nearly $150,000 in goods at the couple’s home.
Martha Paulson, 55, was arrested after police served a search warrant at her home in the 1100 block of Tulip Lane Sept. 28 and recovered approximately $130,000 of coins, currency and jewelry. She was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of burglary tools, all felonies.
Two additional search warrants were executed on thes residence on Sept. 5 and Oct. 11 in which approximately $17,000 worth of collectable coins and three stolen firearms were recovered.
Paulson’s husband Michael, 55, and Robert Boardman of Chicago, both had arrest warrants sworn out on them because both are already inmates serving sentences at a Illinois Department of Corrections facility for unrelated charges. Both have extensive arrests records for burglaries.
Charges in the warrant for Paulson included theft over $100,000, two counts of burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and unlawful possession of burglary tools, all felonies, and Boardman was charged with theft over $100,000, and two counts of burglary, all felonies.
The Gurnee investigation began after two burglaries were reported at Harbor Coin, 5250 Route 132, on Jan. 28 and March 13, where collector coins were stolen. The investigation also linked burglaries to the Antique Coffee in Elk Grove Village in November of 2012 and the Collector’s Gallery in Tinley Park in August of 2012. In the Elk Grove Village burglary, firearms and several thousand dollars in coins were taken, and in the Tinley Park burglary, several thousand dollars of jewelry and coins were taken.
The Gurnee Police Department continues their effort to locate other possible victims.