By Bob Uphues
Two people have been charged with burglary after they allegedly used a baseball bat to break into a Riverside gas station minimart early Wednesday morning and stole the cash register and cigarettes before fleeing the scene.
Peter G. Capote, 20, of Bensenville, and Appollonio F. Anaya, 17, of Berwyn, were apprehended by Lyons police later that morning at a gyros stand in the 3900 block of Harlem Avenue.
In addition, Stickney police also charged the two with burglary, while Berwyn charged Capote with burglary. All of the offenses were committed that morning and involved the offenders using a baseball bat to gain entry to commercial properties.
According to Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, the village's emergency dispatch center received notice of a burglar alarm triggered at the Marathon gas station, 539 Longcommon Road.
When police arrived, they noticed the front glass door broken out and found a baseball bat on the floor of the minimart. Cigarette packs were strewn about the floor and the cash register was missing.
While officers were on the scene at the Riverside gas station, Stickney police broadcast a commercial burglary call in that village. A short time after that call, a Lyons police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Tom's Carry Outs in Lyons and held the two occupants of the vehicle for possible identification.
Surveillance video at the Riverside location showed that one of the offenders wore a red T-shirt and was wearing a pink glove. Both of those items were recovered from the suspects' vehicle along with cash and cigarettes, according to Weitzel.
Capote reportedly told police he and Anaya had taken Mollies, a form of the drug ecstasy, and didn't remember a lot about what transpired that night.
At a bond hearing on Friday at the Maybrook courthouse, Judge Thomas Tucker set Capote's bond at $50,000 and Anaya's bond at $10,000. They are both to appear in court again on Nov. 13.