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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

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.

On 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.”       

“The 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.  

The 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.

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.