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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Media Coordinator: 630-407-8160

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chicago Man Charged in Smash and Grab From Bloomingdale Best Buy

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Bloomingdale Director of Public Safety Frank Giammarese announced today that bond has been set for one of several individuals accused of stealing merchandise in from Best Buy located in Bloomingdale. Arthur Holmes, 35 (d.o.b. 10/1/1982) of 720 E. 93rd Street, Chicago, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Alex McGimpsey set bond at $100,000 with 10% to apply.
     On December 25, 2017, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Bloomingdale police officers responded to an alarm call at Best Buy. Upon their arrival, officers observed the front door and windows of the business completely smashed. It is alleged that at approximately 4:21 a.m. that morning, Holmes and several accomplices crashed their car into the Best Buy and, once inside, stole merchandise including a laptop computer and a gaming laptop. It is alleged that once police officers arrived, Holmes and his unknown accomplices fled the scene in two separate vehicles. It is further alleged that police officers began following one of the vehicles which had its license plate covered with a piece of cardboard. It is alleged that following a brief chase, the vehicle ran out of gas at which time Holmes and three other individuals exited the vehicle and attempted to get into the other vehicle. Holmes was taken into custody at this time. 
     “The allegations against Mr. Holmes and his accomplices are outrageous,” Berlin said. “Would-be offenders must understand that if you commit this type of crime in DuPage County, you will be caught, you will be prosecuted and, if found guilty, you will spend a significant amount of time behind bars. I would like to thank the Bloomingdale Police Department for their outstanding work in the apprehension of this defendant as well as for their continuing efforts in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Matthew Dambach and Dan Fawell for their efforts on this case.”
    “The quick police action displayed by our officers in this case confirms our commitment to provide safety and security for our entire community,” Giammarese said. “Cases such as this not only demonstrate our commitment towards that goal, but also strengthen our resolve to apprehend individuals coming into our communities with the sole purpose of committing crimes. Thank you to States Attorney Berlin, and the Assistant States Attorneys working the case for their professionalism and dedication to Law Enforcement.”
     In all, Holmes faces one count of Burglary, a Class 2 Felony and one count of Misdemeanor Resisting a Police Officer. His next court appearance for January 8, 2018, in front of Judge George Bakalis. 
     The investigation into this matter continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bloomingdale Police Department at (630) 529-9868.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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