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Elderly couple loses $3,400 in apparent ‘distraction’ burglary

Updated: December 22, 2012 6:28AM


Distraction burglary: According to a police report released Tuesday, an elderly couple who live in the 1300 block of Dakota Drive lost their savings last week to what appears to be a gang of “distraction burglars.” The couple said two men approached them at about 1:45 p.m. Nov. 14 and claimed to be new residents of the neighborhood who wanted to introduce themselves. They said the men kept talking to them for more than 15 minutes, ignoring hints that they should leave. When the men finally did leave, the couple said, they discovered that $3,400 in cash they had been saving in envelopes on the home’s second floor had been stolen, probably by other gang members who sneaked in while the first two were keeping them busy. The couple described the two as obese men, age 40 to 55, with dark, possibly Hispanic features. They said the thieves spoke English fluently but had a foreign accent, and one of the men was wearing a hat like the ones worn by railroad engineers.

Felony counts in domestic: Tristan G. Bonds, 25, of the 300 block of Percy Street, Elgin, was charged with felony counts of aggravated battery to a pregnant victim and unlawful restraint, as well as two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery following an incident on Monday. He is accused of striking a pregnant woman in the face and stomach, and not allowing the woman to leave an apartment unit on Fleetwood Drive. Bail was set at $100,000, and he was given a Dec. 4 court date.

Cannabis possession: Melissa A. Mercer, 32, of the 300 block of West Chicago Street, Elgin, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of driving with a suspended or revoked license (second offense) and a misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis, following a traffic stop Monday. Bail was set at $35,000, and she was given a Dec. 5 court date.

Watches, electronics taken: Someone entered a home in the 300 block of Heine Avenue on Friday, forced open three locked bedroom doors, and stole 25 watches, a laptop computer, an iPod Touch device and two Xbox game consoles, police reported Tuesday.

Burglars seen: According to police reports released Tuesday, a woman called 911 about 9 a.m. Nov. 14 to say she had seen a young man crawl through the window of a duplex in the 500 block of Levine Court, then open the duplex’s back door and let in a young woman. Police arrived a few minutes later and searched the duplex but were unable to find anyone inside, and when the owners arrived home, they said nothing appeared to be missing.

Wants his jukebox: An Elgin man told police he may have been defrauded by an Oklahoma man who advertised on Craigslist that he had a Wurlitzer jukebox for sale. The Elginite said he sent the man a $450 cashier’s check last month but that neither he nor his shipping company have been able to contact the seller since then.

Too near parks: John R. Zvara, 47, a homeless man of Elgin, was charged Monday with loitering within 500 feet of public parks after being convicted of child-sex offenses. Police said that in reports Zvara is required to submit showing where he sleeps each night, he admitted sleeping two nights at the rear of Gail Borden Public Library and sleeping seven nights behind buildings in the 30-100 blocks of South Spring Street and South Grove Avenue. Police said those locations are too near Veterans Memorial Park and Festival Park. Bail was set at $10,000, and he was given a Nov. 27 court date.

Basement burglar: According to a police report released Tuesday, a man who lives on Porter Street heard someone walking in his home about 3:45 p.m. Nov. 11. The man then discovered that a basement window had been broken and that someone had searched through a box of watches he keeps in a basement closet. The man said nothing appeared to be missing, however.

Door broken: Someone broke in the front door of a home in the 600 block of Slade Avenue on the evening of Nov. 14, police reported Tuesday. But the owners didn’t notice anything missing.

East Dundee

Retail theft felony: Joshua A. Moser, 18, of the 1500 block of Canterfield Parkway, West Dundee, was charged with a felony count of retail theft less than $300 following incidents from Oct. 14 through Nov. 18, police said. He is accused of shoplifting items from the East Dundee Wal-Mart on those dates. Bail was set at $10,000, and he was given a Dec. 14 court date.

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