Police: Man Led Ring Of Teenage Burglars In Bolingbrook

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) — A Bolingbrook man and six teenagers are charged with being part of a burglary ring that is believed to have broken into dozens of homes.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, police say Francisco Alvarez, 42, led a group of teens to commit at many as 75 burglaries in Bolingbrook since June.

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Many of the crimes involved doors and windows being pried open. The burglars typically took jewelry, electronics and cash.

“Sources informed the detectives of several possible offenders and our investigators were very determined to locate them,” Bolingbrook police Lt. Mike Rompa said.

The burglary operation unraveled, police say, when a detective spotted three teenagers wearing gloves and carrying as they walked near Alvarez’s home, in the 500 block of Castle Court in Bolingbrook.

Four 15-year-old boys, one 14-year-old boy and one 15-year-old girl were charged as juveniles with participating in a calculated criminal conspiracy and at least one count of residential burglary.

Some of the teens face four or five counts, while one 15-year-old boy was charged in 17 break-ins.

Some suspects were also charged with possession of burglary tools.

Alvarez “would (usually) drive the crew to the houses and pick them and the proceeds up when they completed the burglary,” Rompa said.

Alvarez himself was charged with one count of organizing a calculated criminal conspiracy, 15 counts of residential burglary and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He does not appear to have a previous criminal record.

Alvarez is related to two of the suspects, all of whom are friends and acquaintances. He was booked into the county jail. The teenagers were all booked into the River Valley Juvenile Detention Facility. Another 15-year-old boy was arrested but released without being charged.

The Joliet Herald-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

  • ron

    Really? This happened in the suburbs? Impossible!

    • yourstruly!

      yes ron it did sad isnt it… I really wish the community would be more involved in our younger generations its so sad to see this kids mess their lifes up and we r just here watching them…

  • Roberta Waker

    ICE should be called in to investigate the legal status of Alvarez AND the kids involved. If they are NOT here legally – DEPORT THEM. If they are here legally, send them to prison. These kids are old enough to know right from wrong and should be punished BEFORE they kill some innocent victim that might come home early like Kelli.

    • yourstruly!

      ICE lol why would they call ICE for a case like this! ur dumbs ass hell… i think the Bolingbrook cops did a good job using their leads and doing their work… and ur so over- reacting and stupid just bc of his last name doesnt mean he was here ilegallly U N MR. JOSE are so rasis it disgusting!!! get over it! I hope the kids get help and guidance they obviously need help and need a better path in life

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