LINDENHURST (STMW) — Two residents on Briar Lane kept their wits about them when one saw a man using a pry tool to get into another neighbor’s house.

Police arrested two people after a neighbor was able to give “an excellent vehicle description,” Police Chief Kevin Klahs said Thursday.

As a result the village, Lake Villa, Antioch and Lake County Sheriff’s Office were all able to clear some 30 burglaries in various towns and unincorporated areas.

The incident unfolded Tuesday morning just before 11 a.m. in the 200 block of Briar Lane. A neighbor saw the man using a pry tool to get into a neighbor’s house. They were not at home at the time.

The neighbor ran over to another neighbor’s house and they called 9-1-1 and gave the description of the car being used in the burglary.

“As we were putting out an ISPERN (Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network) message (that goes to all police departments in the state) an Antioch police officer relayed the description to a county (sheriff’s deputy) who had just seen the car and he stopped it on Grass Lake Road,” said Klahs, adding the stop was made near Deep Lake Road.

Anthony M. Rizzio, 30, of 42176 N. 7th Ave., Antioch, and Noreen Ellis, 31, of 586 Dalton Drive, Round Lake, were taken into custody. Ellis’ child was in the car and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was notified.

Klahs said Ellis would stay in the vehicle while Rizzio allegedly went into the homes or vehicles to steal mostly jewelry and change.

“They were looking for gold,” he said, because of the rise in gold prices.

Bond for the couple was set at $250,000 on Thursday. They were charged with 30 counts of theft, attempted residential burglary and residential burglary, Klahs said.

“It was a good day for law enforcement,” he noted.

Police recovered a number of items from the vehicle and they also recovered stolen goods that were thrown into a portable toilet.

“The successful apprehension and charging of these suspects was due to the vigilance of Lindenhurst residents, and the cooperative investigative efforts of the Antioch, Lake Villa and Lindenhurst Police Departments, along with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office,” Klahs said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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