Chicago stop ends in Wilmette burglary charges
Updated: December 2, 2012 6:13AM
wilmette — A routine traffic stop in Chicago inadvertently helped clear up a Wilmette break-in that took place only hours earlier, Wilmette Police Chief Brian King said Thursday.
Carl Santiago, 34, of 2729 W. Nelson Ave. in Chicago, and Maria A. Rivera, 28, of 930 N. Hinman Ave., Evanston, were charged Wednesday with residential burglary. Both are being held on $100,000 bonds and await a Nov. 6 date in Cook County Court, Skokie.
King said Chicago officers notified the Wilmette department Tuesday afternoon that they had Santiago and Rivera in custody after stopping them on the 5700 block of W. Carmen St. in the city.
“After they made the stop and searched the car, they discovered proceeds from an as-yet unreported residential burglary that had happened in Wilmette,” he said.
When police went to an address connected with the items, on the 2600 block of Greenleaf Avenue, they discovered the front door of the residence had been kicked in. A neighbor confirmed seeing the suspects leaving the house about 9 a.m. that day.
Police learned that once they were inside, they allegedly used a plastic tote bag to carry computer equipment jewelry and other items back to their vehicle.