Pawn records lead to theft charge for Elgin man

An Elgin man faces a misdemeanor theft charge after telling Wilmette detectives that he’d taken two valuable rings from a Colgate Avenue residence where he had been working as part of a painting crew.

Detectives were able to make the arrest after checking a database of recent area pawnshop transactions, and finding that a member of that crew had pawned one of the rings, police said.

Police charged Mark Vague, 52, of 1221 Longford Circle, in Elgin, on Aug. 29, after he acknowledged taking the rings, valued at $19,000, from a home on the 1200 block of Colgate Street on Aug. 26. He spoke to investigators at the Wilmette Police Department that day.

The homeowner originally reported the loss on Aug. 27. At the time, she told police that the rings had been taken from the master bedroom’s bathroom, and that she discovered the loss after the painting crew had been in the house.

After talking to detectives, Vague reportedly turned over the one ring he still had in his possession to police before being processed.

Vague is free on bond; the initial reports did not give his court date, nor did they indicate if investigators had been able to recover the ring that had been pawned.

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