Cops: Elgin burglary suspect caught in someone else’s shirt
By Dave Gathman firstname.lastname@example.org July 18, 2013 4:46PM
Christopher Mcgaha, 22, of Round Lake Beach, charged by Elgin police with one count of residential burglary, three counts of vehicle burglary, one count of possessing a controlled substance and one count of theft by possession.
Updated: August 20, 2013 6:40AM
ELGIN — A man trying to dodge police after being seen burglarizing cars also faces a charge of residential burglary after he apparently went into a stranger’s garage so he could change what he looked like, authorities said.
According to police reports, the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when a family returned to their home in the 1200 block of Kingman Court in Century Oaks West subdivision. They saw a light on in one of the cars parked outside and a man searching through its contents. They confronted the man, he walked away and the family called police.
After officers arrived, the family determined that the intruder had searched through three of the family’s parked cars but apparently had stolen nothing except a CD player charging cord reports stated.
Police said they began searching the neighborhood. Inside a garage in the 1200 block of Lyle Avenue, they discovered a suspicious man, police said, but he was wearing a different kind of shirt than the suspect seen inside the family’s car. Officers said they drove the family past the garage and that the family said it was indeed the same man. Police identified him as Christopher Mcgaha, 22, of Round Lake Beach.
Police then contacted the family who owns the garage. They reported that the shirt Mcgaha now was wearing — actually a woman’s blouse — belonged to them and had been hanging on a clothes hanger inside the garage.
Police said a bag found in the garage, believed to have been brought there by Mcgaha, contained prescription drugs that had been stolen in Grayslake and some documents that had been reported stolen in Fox Lake.
Elgin police charged Mcgaha with one count of residential burglary, three counts of vehicle burglary, one count of possessing a controlled substance and one count of theft by possession. He also was expected to be questioned in the Grayslake and Fox Lake cases.
Bail was set at $100,000 on the Elgin charges, and he was given a July 25 court date.