Off-duty cop captures alleged burglar in Joliet
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org July 1, 2013 1:26PM
Kevin Loren | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: August 3, 2013 6:22AM
JOLIET — The burglar picked the wrong block.
Police said a dog’s barking prompted its owner, a Downers Grove police officer, to look outside about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, observing a stranger trying to open the doors on both cars in his driveway in the 1600 block of Sierra Highlands Drive.
Cmdr. Al Roechner said the resident saw the man then walk across the street and get into a neighbor’s unlocked car, so the off-duty officer left his house with his service weapon to investigate.
The suspect, Kevin M. Loren, 36, used the garage door opener in the car to get into a house across from the officer’s home and came out to find the cop pointing a gun at him, police said.
The officer told his wife to call 911, and Loren tried to grab the gun, causing the officer to fire a shot into the ground during the struggle before he was able to subdue Loren and place him in handcuffs, Roechner said.
Loren, of 6615 Mountain Ridge Pass in Plainfield, was charged with residential burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle and battery.
Roechner said it appeared that some items Loren was carrying belonged to other residents in the neighborhood, and other burglary charges are pending.