Two charged in alleged stolen air bag-selling scheme
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2013 5:12PM
Charles O. Swisher | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:46AM
WILL COUNTY — A felon and his girlfriend face numerous charges after stealing cars and selling stolen air bags online, authorities said.
Charles O. Swisher, 37, of 5650 S. Mary Byron Road in Wilmington, and Kimberly L. Rose, 38, of 1504 Bluestem Lane in Minooka, were arrested Monday by the Tri-County Auto Theft Task Force after being investigated for a few months, TCAT Director Dan Likens said.
Swisher and Rose each face at least four years in prison if found guilty of two counts of vehicle theft conspiracy, four counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and two counts of selling stolen property online, authorities said.
Swisher also is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and drug possession. He was being held Tuesday on $100,000 bail.
Rose has no prior criminal history and was being held on $70,000 bail.
Swisher and Rose returned Sunday from Iowa with air bags that were taken into Rose’s house, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney David Borenstein said during the bond hearing. A police search found more than 100 air bags inside, including one that had been reported stolen from an Iowa car dealer.
“They used eBay accounts to sell these air bags, including one for a Chevy and one for a Saturn during (the investigation),” Borenstein told Judge Roger Rickmon.
TCAT agents also found a stolen 2004 Ford Mustang with swapped license plates in Rose’s driveway and two stolen Jeeps in her garage, Borenstein said.
Swisher also was carrying an unprescribed painkiller when he was taken into custody, Borenstein said.
Another search found two pistols and ammunition in a safe in Swisher’s house, Borenstein said.
Borenstein told Rickmon that Swisher’s wife was present during the search, but Borenstein consistently referred to Rose as Swisher’s girlfriend.
Swisher previously was convicted of burglary, fraud, forgery, theft and drug possession in Will, Grundy and Lake counties. In July 2005, he fled from a Coal City police officer and later pleaded guilty to escape.