Joliet Cops Bag Band of Burglars: Cops

The cops collared four teens and charged them with breaking into the home of a vacationing family.

Christopher Maka. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Christopher Maka. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Four teens broke into the home of a vacationing Joliet family but were arrested before they could make their getaway, police said.

Christopher Maka, 18, of 3902 Cherry Tree Court in Joliet and Aidan Pino, 18, of 1974 W. Brimstone Road in Romeoville both were charged with burglary, as were two unidentified minors, aged 16 and 17.

The 16-year-old was also charged with possession of a controlled substance due to the cops allegedly catching him with three hydrocodone pills. Maka was allegedly holding nine grams of marijuana and was charged with possession of cannabis.

The four were arrested after a neighbor spotted a teen punching the code into a garage door-opener keypad and entering a home on Lakeridge Drive Friday evening. The neighbor was suspicious because he knew the family living at that residence was out of the country, police said.

The neighbor called the cops, then reportedly looked on as three other teens followed the first one into the garage. The four spent about 20 minutes in the home before leaving through the back door and getting in a gray Honda Civic, police said.

The police reportedly showed up and stopped the Civic near the scene of the break-in. The four teens were in the car, as were debit cards and portable speakers taken from the house, police said.

Maka's Cherry Tree Court residence is less than a mile from the house on Lakeridge Drive.

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American Citizen March 25, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Wow you find out who your friends are they had to have known the family to have the code to there garage or did some work for the family
Concerned Citizen March 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I know a few people where this happened and am surprised they say only 1 called the police. They are all very close and watch out for each other. I wish my neighbors were like that.
WhiskeyThrottle March 26, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Neighborhood watch is in full effect! Glad they caught the perps and hopefully they will learn their lesson and make better future decisions.


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