Updated: December 8, 2012 6:39AM
Stolen watch leads to charges: Justin M. Long, 32, of Chicago was charged with a felony count of theft, accused of taking a luxury watch on Oct. 15 when he was at an Elgin home cleaning the chimney for its owners. According to police, the homeowner noticed the watch missing Oct. 22, searched Craiglist, and found a Brera watch of the same style that was taken. An Elgin police officer called the number listed on the Craiglist ad and spoke to Long, police said. The watch already was sold, but the officer continued to investigate, even speaking to a neighbor who said Long had said he had a stolen watch to sell, police said. Long was arrested in Park Ridge, police said. Bail was set at $20,000; his court date is Nov. 21.
Burglary, cluttered: A resident in the 300 block of Silver Street told police Friday that he had returned home at 11:30 a.m. and discovered a window screen cut, items strewn around the home, and some jewelry and coins outside the window through which the burglar entered. The homeowner also told police tools were missing from a toolbox; but police said the home was so cluttered and garbage-filled it was impossible to find evidence.
Broken door leads to burglary: Residents of an apartment in the 300 block of Percy Street said they returned home Friday to discover items missing from the home — but that the door had been broken since they moved in, making it impossible to lock the door, police said. Missing from the home were shoes, a hand-held gaming system, a cellphone and various DVDs, police said.