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Elis Zelaya

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Updated: December 7, 2012 6:12AM

WAUKEGAN — A citizen’s tip led police to a garage where they recovered items from seven recent burglaries and arrested five suspects.

Waukegan patrol officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Glenwood Avenue just before 5 p.m., Oct. 31 because a resident said there were three young men walking down the street carrying two televisions.

Initially, police didn’t see the young men, but they were directed to a home in the 1000 block of Berwick, where they located young men inside the garage.

Officers saw several gaming systems and TVs that matched the description of items stolen in earlier burglaries.

All of the suspects were questioned at the police station and police attributed seven burglaries to the young men, who gave statements to police and personally identified victims’ homes.

Two of the suspects were 16-year-old juveniles and were referred to juvenile court. One, from the 1200 block of Judge Avenue, was charged with three counts of residential burglary and the other, from the 1000 block of Berwick Boulevard, was charged with eight counts of residential burglary.

The other suspects were identified as Elis Zelaya, 17, of the 2600 block of Cornelia Avenue, charged with six counts of residential burglary and is being held on $50,000 bond in Lake County Jail; Jose Zelaya, 17, of the 2700 block of Westwood Drive, charged with four counts of residential burglary and is being held on $75,000 bond; and Brian Reyes, 18, of the 39000 block of Aberdeen Lane, Beach Park, charged with two counts of residential burglary and is being held on $75,000 bond.

“These arrests were made possible by concerned citizens. I continue to applaud the wonderful residents of this community who are taking the time to call us when they see something out of the ordinary,” said Police Chief Daniel Greathouse.

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