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Stranger on bus is accused of rubbing woman

Updated: March 2, 2013 11:57AM


Rubbed her the wrong way: A 53-year-old man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly rubbing the leg of a woman sitting next to him on a Pace bus, then getting off the bus when she did at Lyle Avenue and Grandstand Place and rubbing her again. The woman called officers, who reported that they found Michael G. Russo, of Chicago, standing back at the bus stop. Russo was charged with battery.

Caught inside burned store: The owners of the burned 2J’s Wine & Spirits store, at 950 E. Chicago St., told police they caught five men burglarizing the building when they drove by at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The men had been inside a wire fence placed around the store — which burned late Oct. 23 last year — but they sped away in two vehicles when they saw the owners. On the ground, the burglars left behind a 24 pack of Modelo beer and four 12-packs of Modelo beer, which they apparently had been trying to steal from the store’s inventory. Investigators discovered the store’s front door had been forced open.

Ready for hot pursuit: Two men who snatched and fled with two cases of beer from the JJ Pepper’s store at 10 S. State St. at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday were arrested thanks to a helpful witness, police said. According to reports, the witness saw one of the men run from the store, jump into a car and drive off, so the witness flagged down a passing police officer and said what had happened. The officer began following the suspicious car and when the clerk inside the store phoned 911 a minute later to report the shoplifting, the officer stopped the thieves’ car and arrested two of the men inside, police said. Tony Kellogg, 24, of the 2000 block of Cherokee Road in Carpentersville, was charged with retail theft. The name of the other suspect, who may have been a juvenile, was not immediately released by police.

Possession charges: Alvaro Ramirez, 27, of the 1100 block of Iroquois Drive, Elgin, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis following his arrest early Thursday. Bail was set at $25,000, and he was given a Feb. 14 court date.

Drove son: Elizabeth M. Ramirez, 33, of the 300 block of Raymond Street, Elgin, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property after an incident Wednesday. According to police, Ramirez is accused of driving her son, age 15, to a residence on the 700 block of Walnut Avenue at about 4:30 p.m., where the boy proceeded to throw bricks at a home’s front door and window, damaging both. Bail was set at $20,000, and she was given a Feb. 7 court date.

Vacant apartment: Someone stole a white stove and a white bathroom vanity after breaking into a vacant apartment in the 200 block of Watch Street between Thursday and Sunday, police reported Wednesday.

Tires stolen: Someone stole nine tires, valued at $2,000, off trailers stored in a parking lot in the 300 block of Brook Street on the night of Jan. 25-26, the owner told police.

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