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Nine Waukegan burglaries solved with six arrests

Jesus Mendez 17 1200 block Brookside Waukegan was charged as an adult with 4 counts residential burglary. | Special Sun-Times

Jesus Mendez, 17, of the 1200 block of Brookside in Waukegan was charged as an adult with 4 counts of residential burglary. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 20, 2013 1:16AM



A neighbor called police about suspicious activity in a Waukegan neighborhood and because of that a burglary ring of young adults and juveniles was busted Tuesday.

“This is another string of serious crimes committed by young adults and juveniles. It is important for parents to question their children about new items appearing in their rooms, backpacks, etc.,” said Police Chief Dan Greathouse. “Since we were able to recover items from many of these burglaries from the homes of the offenders, I am sure at least one of these parents saw something that should have raised a red flag.”

The burglary ring, which broke into nine homes in the city, was busted after a resident in the 2800 block of Tyler Street noticed some suspicious activity Tuesday. They watched as three male subjects exited a car and approached the home at 2829 Tyler St., with one going to the door and knocking while the other two proceeded to the rear of the house.

The resident called police immediately and stayed on the line to give the dispatcher a good description of the offenders and the vehicle they were seen leaving the scene in with items from the home.

As police officers were responding, one detective, who was also heading to the location, noticed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Sunset and Lewis avenues. He could see that there were multiple people inside the vehicle, so he made a traffic stop.

As police investigated, they found a number of items inside the vehicle that belonged to the homeowner on Tyler Street. All suspects were transported to the police station for questioning and police said they gave voluntary statements regarding the burglary on Tyler Street and burglaries at the following locations: 2900 block of Yeoman Street, 500 block of Chestnut Street, 1600 block of Whitney Street, 1000 block of Woodlawn Avenue, 50 block of Wetzel Court, 1800 block of Delaware Road, 1800 block of Apache Road and 900 block of Westmoreland Avenue.

Arrested were Jesus Mendez, 17, of the 1200 block of Brookside Avenue, who was charged with four counts of residential burglary as an adult and is being held ion $25,000 bond; his sister, Sonia Mendez, 20, of the same address, who was charged with four counts of residential burglary and is being held on $4,000 bond; Ryan Ortiz, 17, of the 300 block of South Genesee Street, was charged with two counts of residential burglary as an adult and is being held on $25,000 bond; Lance Nazario, 19, of the 700 block of Linden Avenue was being charged with one count of residential burglary and is being held on $25,000 bond; Daniel Rodriguez, 20, of the 2300 block of Chinook Road, was charged with four counts of residential burglary and one count of attempted burglary and had not been taken to bond court yet; a 16-year-old male juvenile of the 1000 block of Highland Avenue was charged with four counts of residential burglary.



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