Man accused of stealing cash, checks
July 25, 2012 6:58PM
Updated: August 27, 2012 11:06AM
Armed robbery arrest: Jesus K. Martinez, 22, of the 300 block of Orchard Street, Elgin, was charged with a class X felony count of armed robbery with a firearm, and a felony count of robbery. He is accused of stealing cash and checks from a man on the street Monday afternoon. According to police, officers responded to the area of State and Morgan streets at 2:26 p.m. for a report of a man having just been robbed at gunpoint. The offender was described as having a distinctive tattoo on his forehead and had run away. Responding officers heard the suspect’s description and located Martinez in an alley in the 200 block of Oak Street, just west of State Street. Evidence of the robbery, including cash and business checks belonging to the victim, were recovered on Martinez but no weapon was located, police said. Bail was set at $400,000, and he was given an Aug. 8 court date.
Altered: An employee of the Walmart store at 1100 S. Randall Road told police that between June 24 and July 6 six different people cashed a total of nine Money Gram money orders that had been fraudulently altered. They had a total value of several thousand dollars.
Inside the garage: Someone burglarized a car while it was parked inside a garage in the 300 block of Comstock Drive between midnight and 9 a.m. Saturday, the owner told police. The thief took a bag that the owner said contained $2,180 cash plus two wallets, a purse and various credit and debit cards. The owner said she had left the car unlocked and during part of that time, the garage door had been left open.