A 42-year-old Bolingbrook man was arrested by police Wednesday after officials say he led a teen home burglary ring that may be responsible for as many as 75 recent residential burglaries.
Bolingbrook Lieutenant Mike Rompa said a detective noticed three juveniles walking down the 500 block of Castle Court, wearing gloves and carrying a crow bar on Wednesday. After following up with leads and tips from numerous cases—many of which involved the prying open of doors and windows to gain entry into the homes—investigators were able to locate the subjects and question them, which led to the closure of the case.
Francisco Alvarez, 42, of the 500 block of Castle Court, is being charged with criminal conspiracy, 15 counts of residential burglary and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Rompa said Alvarez would drive the crew to the home and pick them and the proceeds up when they completed the burglary.
Alvarez's bail was set at $20,000.
Six 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy were also arrested. One was even charged with 17 counts of residential burglary.
" The Investigations Division and lead detective on this case have once again
been able to display their true dedication and professionalism to the
department and to the citizens of Bolingbrook," Rompa said.
The case remains under investigation.
All of the juveniles, except for one, were transported to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Facility. Two cars were also impounded for investigation purposes, Rompa said.