Updated 12/20/2011 1:25 p.m.
North Riverside police, on Sunday, put an end to a burglary spree in that village and in Riverside after arresting three people, two of whom have been charged in connection with six house break-ins in November and December.
Joseph C. Green, 17, of Chicago, is charged with burglarizing five homes (three in North Riverside and two in Riverside) while Shaquille Wilson, 17, of Chicago, is charged with burglarizing four (two in each village). Both juveniles have been charged as adults.
At a bond hearing Monday at Maybrook, a Cook County judge set Green’s bond at $250,000. He remains at Cook County Jail. Wilson has been restricted to home confinement, using an electronic monitoring device.
The third person, also a juvenile arrested Sunday by North Riverside police, was not charged. A fourth suspect remains at large, according to Riverside police.
Police in Riverside first made contact with Green and Wilson on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, when they received a call about suspicious subjects going door to door. Police learned the two were knocking on doors and asking for a girl who didn’t live at any of the houses.
At the time, the two said they were lost in Riverside and were trying to find a friend. Police had no cause to charge them, but fingerprinted and photographed the boys and took down their personal information.
In fact, police say, the two boys were looking for residences where no one was home. Just days earlier, on Nov. 20, a resident of the 300 block of Selborne Road reported that while she was out of the house for 30 minutes, someone smashed in a basement window, gained entry to the house and stole $16,000 in cash, which was in a satchel in a dresser drawer.
That day, police said both Green and Wilson went to the Harlem-Irving Plaza mall and between them spent $6,000 on merchandise.
According to Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, the two met while being treated at a Chicago psychiatric hospital that serves children. There, said Weitzel, the two met a 14-year-old girl from Riverside. The two boys reportedly planned the burglaries, rode public transportation to the North Riverside Mall and then set off to find homes to burglarize.
In early December, North Riverside police reported three burglaries near the mall, two on Park Avenue and one on Forest Avenue. On Dec. 15, the owner of a home in the 100 block of Northgate Road in Riverside reported that someone had broken out a basement window and gained entry to the house. A neighbor reportedly identified the two boys police stopped on Thanksgiving as the two suspicious subjects in the Northgate Road burglary. Police were able to recover DNA evidence from blood found at the scene.
Then on Dec. 17, the owner of a home in the 2400 block of Park Avenue, North Riverside, came home around 7:15 p.m. and heard a strange noise coming from the basement. The homeowner then saw four people running from the area toward Village Commons Park, where police apprehended three of the subjects, including Green and Wilson.
According to Riverside police, Green and Wilson made full confessions “to all of the burglaries” and implicated a third person who remains at large.