$5M Bond For Man Charged With Home Invasion

Updated: 10:47 p.m. 3/18/11

SKOKIE, Ill. (STMW) – One of three men accused of tying up a man and a locking a child in a basement during a home invasion in Glencoe earlier this week was ordered held on $5 million bond on Friday.

The Cook County State’s Attorney has approved aggravated kidnapping and home invasion charges, both serious Class X felonies under the Illinois Criminal Code, against Curtis Cobb, 38. Glencoe Police Chief Mike Volling said Cobb was an acquaintance of the victimized family.

A Cook County Circuit judge ordered him held on $5 million bail on Friday.

Glencoe Police investigators, led by Detective Mary Saikin, worked around the clock on the case Tuesday night, Volling said, and are on the move Friday “seeking information on other individuals in the Chicago area who may have knowledge of the incident.”

Police say up to three masked gunmen burst into a big house on the first block of Crescent Drive at around noon Monday, and left around noon Tuesday with jewelry and a large amount of cash.

“That’s a big problem in this case,” Volling said. “We’re not sure how many people we’re looking for.”

Cobb had told police that he was tied up during the drama. They said he also told them that he had picked up the homeowner’s 6-year-old daughter at the Glencoe Park District’s Takiff Center, while being watched by one of the gunmen. The child was then locked in the basement.

The home invasion was over with no injuries at around noon Tuesday, according to Volling, but neither Cobb nor the homeowner called police until 4:50 p.m.

“That was one of the things that didn’t add up,” Volling said.

The victim called a friend and her husband — on a trip to Russia — before calling police, Weiner said.

The husband knows Cobb, too, he added. He said the husband told her to call the police.

Cobb had once done carpentry at the home, Volling said.

Weiner said language difficulties have made the investigation especially confusing, and stories have changed, even that of the wife, a native speaker of Russian. Weiner said at one point she said she was tied up, and at another she said she was locked in a closet.

“We are actively pursuing all leads,” Weiner said. “We’re taking nothing at face value, while looking at all possibilities.”

Neighbors who have seen squad cars in front of the house have worried over their own safety.

“If it happened next door to me, I’d be scared, too,” Volling said. “But this is a very isolated incident. The community is not at risk.

One group of neighbors asked about pooling their money for security cameras to watch their homes, but Volling said Deputy Police Chief Al Kebby discouraged them.

“We don’t have a band of armed gunmen running around our community,” Volling said. “This was a targeted situation.”

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  • barkers

    All criminals should be held on $5,000,000-$500,000,000 bond.

    Homeowners, LOCK YOUR DOORS….. get a dog.

    Get security cameras–wireless…the kind you can view on the internet or iPod/iPhone. They have motion detectors that alert you to any funny business going on in and around your home.

    Get a professional security company.

    Dogs are the cheapest burglar alarms you can get. We have four.

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  • Joe Patroni

    Under Cook County’s newly implemented Felony Court diversion program, this guys case will get dismissed in one year and his reocrd will be expunged. He will obtain a virtual GED at a day reporting program, and it will be like this never happened. There is no deterrent for criminals in Cook County. This is why 230, 000 people left and continue to leave.

    • Jeff

      FEAR, FEAR, FEAR!!!!! This family hired and welcomed a shady carpenter into their home — this is what happens. As someone who grew up in Glencoe, situations like these could be avoided if Glencoe published a list of tradesmen that have undergone thorough background checks by Glencoe PD and mandated that residents select from this list if they need any work done on their home.

      • Joseph

        A police department does not have the right to run a background check without probable cause. Also there would be a liability issue with the Glencoe PD providing a list of contractors, who’s to say that the contractor is reliable or will complete the job competently even if they never commited a crime?

  • Truth

    Why no picture of Mr Cobb,on second thought I think we all know why?

    • Rick

      Maybe he is black.

      • Reality

        Maybe ……he’s white and live in a trailor park.

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  • dan

    Sounds like a staged event-probably for the insurance money-they are probably squeezing Mr. Cobb for the whole story and to turn on his friends

    Oh by the way, forget about cameras and dogs and alarms a loaded 9mm with proper training would end a scenario such as this in seconds

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    He’s looking at twenty two to life hows is it all this gonna be over in a year? Add me on facebook or something i like to talk to you more about this plz

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    It will be over in a year because Cook County has a new Felony Criminal Court Diversion Program. Their cases will not be brought into court for trial, conviction and sentencing. Their cases will be diverted to a new Day Reporting Program.The Cook County State’s Attorney will not seek punishment.

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