Break-in victim lured from home with a call for a ride
By BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com April 27, 2012 9:06PM
Updated: May 30, 2012 8:23AM
JOLIET — Five people were arrested after reportedly luring a homeowner away so they could break in Thursday.
Lt. Mike Batis said that about 2:15 p.m. a witness saw a neighbor leave the 1300 block of Roosevelt Avenue. Two people pulled up in a blue Kia Sorrento almost immediately after the homeowner left, Batis said. The neighbor called police.
Police arrived and followed the car to nearby Ingalls and Connecticut avenues where passenger James D. Crosby, 20, allegedly bailed out and started running. After a short footchase, Crosby, of 120 S. Hunter Ave., was caught in the 1300 block of Coral Bell Drive.
Officers detained Dontraven A. Perkins, 21, of 1802 Marlboro Lane in Crest Hill; Taylin M. Durham: 19, of 306 Romayne Ave.; and Gigi M. Leiva: 22, of 1850 McDonough St., at the car. Batis said police found a 37-inch flatscreen TV, jewelry, makeup, clothing and some gaming systems inside the car. The homeowner said the property was his, Batis said.
Police then went to Motel 6 and arrested Leonardo Castillo, 21, of 221 Pleasant St. Batis said Castillo knew the residents and lured the homeowner out of the house by calling him for a ride.
Castillo allegedly also was carrying unprescribed Vicodin and was charged with narcotics possession.
All of the suspects were booked into the county jail on charges of residential burglary.