Four charged after Elmwood Park police respond to burglary
Updated: November 12, 2012 6:09AM
ELMWOOD PARK — Police have arrested three Elmwood Park men and one juvenile after arriving at the scene of an alleged burglary.
Adrian Olivera, 21, of 2020 N. 72nd Court and Andrew Saez, 21, of 1831 N. 74th Ave. each were charged with one count of burglary. Alex Vasquez, 18, of 1831 N. 74th Ave. was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and a 16-year-old male was charged with three separate counts of burglary to a motor vehicle.
Elmwood Park Police Det. Glenn Mieszala said the arrests were made at 5 a.m. Sept. 30 on the first block of Conti Parkway. Saez, Olivera and a third man were allegedly walking in the area and noticed model cars behind the window of a business.
The third man allegedly punched out the window and the model cars, a model boat and a fishbowl full of candy were taken. The man who punched out the window sustained several cuts on his arm and called for a ride to take him to the hospital.
He was treated and remains at large, but Mieszala said police are aware of his whereabouts and believe an arrest will be made soon.
At the time of the incident, police said Olivera and Saez remained at the scene because Olivera had lost his wallet. According to Mieszala, Olivera called a friend to come pick the pair up.
Mieszala said Vasquez was in the car when it arrived. Around the same time, police arrived, as well, and took three of the men into custody.
Vasquez was charged because Xanax was allegedly found in his possession. The car’s driver was let go.
Upon searching the car, police found a wallet and paperwork that did not belong to the men. The information was allegedly connected to three burglaries to vehicles that had taken place in the village and, police said, led to the arrest of the juvenile.
Mieszala said when they arrested the juvenile, who lives on the 2900 block of 75th Court, they found several items reported stolen from cars. The juvenile’s parents also turned over stolen items to police.
Mieszala said the juvenile did not have to work hard to get the merchandise.
“Every vehicle he entered, they were unlocked,” he said. “He just opened the door and took out computers and phone and whatever he could get his hands on.”
Mieszala urged residents to take greater care. “The easiest way to prevent crime is lock your doors, windows and garage doors,” he said.
The four are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 10.