Car Burglary Spree Ends With Arrests

ANTIOCH, Ill. (STMW) – A 25-year-old Gurnee man and three juveniles were arrested for a “car hopping” spree that allegedly ran through a half dozen area communities.

Police recovered 133 items stolen from unlocked cars.

Harold Caesar, 25, of the 7100 block of Presidential Drive, Gurnee, was charged with four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, a Class 2 felony, which is punishable by three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. His bond was set at $50,000.

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Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said Thursday the investigation began when a parent found their 16-year-old son in possession of stolen property and notified police June 17.

The police investigation found the group had been “car hopping” — offenders walking through subdivisions checking for unlocked cars — for the past eight weeks.

Somerville said the group is responsible for 20 separate break-ins within the village of Antioch and have been implicated in similar thefts in Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Round Lake Beach, and Kenosha and Lake counties.

Detectives were able to recover 133 items that were stolen from Antioch residents’ vehicles over the past eight weeks, which included iPods, sun glasses, lap top computers, watches, GPS units, loose change and cash.

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  • Rob

    Great job by the parents! They observed something wrong with their son, something possibly criminal and called the Police. That is what I call responsible parents, wish we had a few like that in Chicago.

  • Arjay

    I think more parents need to be held accountable,and maybe even punished along with, their “kids” who commit crimes like these. Let them all spend some quality family time together in jail. Then they can all learn about right and wrong together.

  • dan

    God point Rob,

    All too typical is when parents do not do this and then when their kid winds up escalating to armed robbery and then subsequently points a gun at cops and gets shot the parents blab on and on about how their little johnny (or more typically theotis or leshawn) are good boys and never hurt no one-see it everyday on TV!

  • bisquiche

    nah, I think parents reporting their kids would be good enough. Think of all the kid’s parents that lie and cover for them whenever they break the law.

  • Just Axin

    Those parents shoud get some type of reward. Could you imagine a brotha committing a crime and the parents (read: Grand ma ma) calling 5-0? That’s why I said imagine, cause it just don’t happen!

  • Justin

    You americans are so racist ! Come on, white people are as dangerous as black people, maybe even worse !

    • Bill

      Really? What news outlet do you follow?


    sure wish we had’nt let him move from north chicago to gurnee and spoil our image

  • Anonymous

    He grew up with white kids, not in North Chicago or any other urban area for that matter….there goes those racist theories…what will you come up with next?

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