Chicago police bust burglary ring

February 8, 2008 5:10:19 AM PST
Chicago police believe they have solved a string of burglaries of homes and businesses on the North and Northwest sides and in suburban Skokie and Niles. Two Chicago men are now in custody, suspected of stealing tens of thousand of dollars worth of property.

Police caught the suspects -- Jamie Torres and John Mejias -- just after they allegedly burglarized an Albany Park home.

As the two men drove away in their van, police swept in, pulling them over near Pulaski and Irving Park Road. The men led investigators to a home in Humboldt Park which was used to store the stolen goods.

A rare Victrola was found among the stolen loot. Ironically enough, the working antique was placed alongside a stack of CDs and MP3 players.

The haul also included a pair of flat screen televisions, dozens of desktop and laptop computers, professional power tools and all types of jewelry.

"We're again asking for victims to come forward if they can identify their property so they can claim their property. We're following up on additional burglaries as a result of these arrests," said Juan Rivera.

The tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods will be on display at Area Five Police Headquarters at Grand and Central this weekend. The public is welcome to stop by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you think some of the property is yours, contact Area Five detectives at 312-746-8362