Police: Band of Burglars Nabbed

Four people charged after two separate incidents.

With the help of some witnesses — and, in one case, the quick thinking of a local business owner — Romeoville police foiled two late-night burglaries last week.

Assistant Chief Steven Lucchesi said the first group of offenders was caught on camera Thursday while attempting to steal scrap metal from a business in the 900 block of Chicago Tube Drive.

A day after reporting a previous theft at the business, a manager at Pollmann North America installed a surveillance camera and caught three people — including one of his employees — red-handed as they attempted another burglary, Lucchesi said.

Police received a call from the business around 10:06 p.m. Thursday from a caller saying that another burglary was in progress.

A husband and wife, Grimaldi Valle-Rodriguez, 34, and Martha Soto-Nava, 30, of Romeoville, were arrested on the scene, Lucchesi said.

The third suspect, Pollmann employee Antonio Arroyo, 20, of the 4700 block of South Karlov in Chicago, got away, but returned to the business the next day, police said.

“He called us and wanted to turn himself in,” Lucchesi said.

All three were booked into the Will County Adult Detention Facility on a charge of theft. Soto-Nava and Valle-Rodriguez were being held Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to sheriff’s office records.

Arroyo was released Monday after posting $3,000 bail.

Copper theft foiled

A Chicago man was arrested and another man got away after another attempted burglary early Saturday, according to police.

Eric Morales, 45, of the 4900 block of Drummond Place in Chicago, was booked into the Will County jail on charges of criminal trespassing, property damage and possession of burglary tools Saturday after police interrupted a robbery attempt at an Enterprise Drive business, Lucchesi said.

According to police, a witness spotted two people entering a fenced-in area at a business in the 1300 block of Enterprise. Knowing that a rash of copper thefts had been reported in the area, the witness contacted police around 12:11 a.m. Saturday.

When police arrived on the scene, one suspect fled while the other remained in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked near a trailer on the property, Lucchesi said.

“We also found that [the suspects] had removed part of the fence around the building and entered a trailer where there was scrap metal,” he said.

According to Lucchesi, Morales was found to be carrying tools that were likely used to dismantle the fence.

Morales was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility, where he was being held Wednesday in lieu of $7,500 bail.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man wearing a black T-shirt, Lucchesi said.


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