By Bob Uphues
A 28-year-old man suspected of breaking into a Brookfield home before crashing his getaway car into a tree on Oct. 10 has been charged with one count of residential burglary.
A Cook County judge set Jorge Alarcon's bond at $250,000 and placed him on electronic monitoring, according to police, for his alleged role in the burglary of a home in the 4000 block of Custer Avenue.
Police conducted a search of the area for a second suspect after Alarcon's vehicle crashed at the intersection of Maple and Garfield avenues while trying to flee the area. Investigators reported finding a shoe at the crash scene that did not belong to Alarcon or anyone else involved.
Alarcon reportedly implicated a second person during questioning, and police continue to search for that suspect.
A resident of the Custer Avenue home called 911 at about 5 p.m. after she observed that a window at her home was open and saw a man climbing out of her bedroom window. The man reportedly entered a Cadillac Escalade and fled the scene.
A Brookfield police officer located a vehicle matching the description of the offending vehicle heading northbound on Prairie Avenue before turning west on Garfield Avenue and crashing at Maple.
The Escalade ended up leaving the roadway, striking a tree and coming to rest inches away from a house. Three other vehicles were involved in the crash, including a Porsche and a Honda minivan, both of which sustained heavy damage.
There was no information available about the drivers or passengers in the other vehicles. Deputy Police Chief Edward Petrak said two people were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries described as "not serious."
Police apprehended Alarcon near the crash site and used a K-9 unit to search for the second suspect.
Meanwhile, residents who live at the Custer Avenue home told police that boxes of jewelry were missing. Entry to the home appears to have been gained through a kitchen window, where the window screen was found lying on the ground.