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DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Mike Ruth announced today that two Houston, Texas men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into lockers at an Elmhurst Health Club and stealing credit cards which they later used to purchase gift cards. Azeez A. Aweda, 31, of Westheimer Road, and Tasiu A. Jimoh, 31, of Bellaire Road, both appeared in Bond Court Saturday morning where bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply for each man. Jimoh and Aweda have each been charged with two counts of burglary, a Class 2 Felony, and one count of Identity Theft, a Class 3 Felony. In addition, Tasiu has been charged with one count of Possession of Burglary Tools, a Class 4 Felony.
On June 25, 2018, Elmhurst Police Officers responded to a call at LA Fitness on York Road regarding a report of offenders breaking into a locker. The victim reported that his locker had been broken into and that his car keys were taken. The victim also reported that his car, which was parked in the LA Fitness parking lot, was burglarized and that three credit cards had been taken. It is alleged that at approximately 1:30 p.m., that afternoon, Aweda and Jimoh entered the health club and once inside broke into the victim’s locker, stealing his car keys. It is further alleged that the pair then used the keys to burglarize the victim’s car. It is alleged that Aweda and Jimoh then used the stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards from the Elmhurst Mariano’s in the amount of $3,045. An investigation into the matter conducted by the Elmhurst Police Department led to Aweda and Jimoh. The two were arrested and taken into custody without incident on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at an area hotel where they were allegedly found to be in possession of $47,125 worth of gift cards. Tasiu was also allegedly found to be in possession of bolt cutters capable of breaking into a locked locker.
“When members of the public are in a facility that requires them to lock their valuables, they have every right to expect that their valuables will be there when they return,” Berlin said. “It is alleged that by whatever means, these two defendants gained access to a restricted area of a health club where they never should have been, broke into a locked locker and helped themselves to whatever they could find. Thanks to the outstanding investigation conducted by the Elmhurst Police Department however, Mr. Aweda and Mr. Jimoh, who apparently have no ties to the Chicagoland area, were taken into custody and charged before they left the area entirely. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Katie Rowe for her efforts in holding these two defendants responsible for their actions.”
Aweda’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 23, 2018, and Jimoh’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 16, 2018. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned at their next court appearance. Tasiu has posted the necessary 10%, or $10,000, and has been released from custody. Aweda remains in custody at the DuPage County Jail.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.