Updated: January 31, 2013 6:39AM
Extensive vandalism: Someone broke into a commercial building in the 700 block of North State Street between Monday and Wednesday, and committed thousands of dollars worth of vandalism and thievery, police reported. The owner told police he rents the building to store equipment for a lawn care business and to hold band practices. The owner said someone broke the windows on his 1931 Dodge sedan, slashed a tire, and poured engine oil on the car. A motorcycle had fire-extinguisher powder blown up its tailpipe, police were told. The intruder or intruders also damaged two musical drums, one valued at $1,000, and damaged a riding mower, a desk, a sofa, a public-address system and speakers, police reported. What appeared to be a gang symbol was painted on one wall, the owner said; and items were taken including a box of speakers, a Saber Light tool and a motorcycle helmet.
Caught in the act: Two men were charged with burglarizing a vacant home after a neighbor caught them in the act and called 911, police said. According to a report released Friday, a woman who lives in the 600 block of Wellington Avenue saw the men loading animal cages, a metal grate, pipes and shelving into a pickup truck at about 9:40 a.m. Christmas Eve. Police went to the home and charged Franco Loyo, 48, of Wellington Avenue in Elgin, and Felix Isunza, 52, of Villa Street in Elgin, with burglary. Police said Isunza also admitted taking a refrigerator out of the home the day before and selling it to a scrap dealer. Police said Loyo also was wanted on a warrant for driving on a suspended license and that Isunza was wanted on a warrant for contempt of court.
Small burglar: Police investigating a burglary in the 700 block of Hiawatha Court said the burglar must have been a small person, because he seemed to have gotten in by breaking a basement window and squeezing through a narrow window well around that window. According to a report released this week, the break-in occurred between 6 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Reported stolen were a 56-inch plasma TV, a 42-inch plasma TV and a digital video recorder. Police said the bedrooms also were ransacked.
Knife at school: A 12-year-old Lowrie Elementary School student was charged with disorderly conduct on Dec. 18 after allegedly threatening to stab other students, according to a police report released on Friday. His teacher searched his backpack and found a folding knife in it, then called police, who released him to his mother pending juvenile court action. The boy told officers his uncle had given him the knife so he could defend himself against a sex offender who lives near his home.
Bartlett fatal crash suit: The estate of a man killed in a fatal crash in Bartlett filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday against the man who struck him with his van. Agnes Sibiga accuses the driver of negligence in the death of Marek Sibiga, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. About 5:45 p.m. Feb. 4, the driver of a van struck Marek Sibiga, 41, of Roselle as he was crossing Lake Street (Route 20) from a motel in the 300 block, Bartlett police said at the time. An autopsy determined Sibiga died from multiple injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver was not ticketed. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.