Thursday, September 23, 2021
Three Cook County Minors Charged With Breaking Into Elmhurst Vehicles
DuPage County State’s
Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced today
that three Hazel Crest juveniles, aged thirteen, fifteen and seventeen, appeared at a detention hearing this morning charged
with breaking into several cars in Elmhurst last night. Each of the juveniles
has been charged with one count of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Felony)
and two counts of Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle (Class A Misdemeanor). In
addition, the thirteen-year-old has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class 4 Felony. Following the hearing, the judge
ordered that the juveniles be placed on electronic monitoring and returned home.
September 22, 2021, at approximately 10:27 p.m., Elmhurst police officers
responded to a call of several individuals pulling on car doors allegedly attempting
to gain entry into the vehicles. Upon their arrival, officers located the
juveniles who were taken into custody at that time. It is alleged that the
juveniles gained entry to three vehicles and burglarized one vehicle. It is
further alleged that at the time of his arrest, the thirteen-year-old juvenile
had in his possession a loaded 9 mm pistol with one bullet in the chamber.
“The allegations against these
three juveniles are outrageous,” Berlin said. “Violent crime has no place in a
civilized society and in DuPage County it will be met with the full force of
the law, regardless of the defendant’s age. I commend those residents who
alerted authorities when they suspected foul play. I thank the Elmhurst Police
Department for the quick apprehension of the defendants in this case. I also
thank Assistant State’s Attorney Sara Henley for her work in preparing a strong
case against the defendants.”
arrest of the suspects in this case is the direct result of concerned citizens
reporting suspicious activity,” Ruth said. “I applaud their vigilance and
encourage everyone to immediately report any suspicious activity they may
observe. I thank DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his staff for their
ongoing support and legal guidance.
thirteen-year-old juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 21,
2021. The fifteen-year-old juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for October
20, 2021. The seventeen-year-old juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled
for October 22, 2021.
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.