Bolingbrook police say they upended a home burglary ring

Police arrest 42-year-old ring leader, six teens

Bolingbrook police say they have broken up a home burglary ring that accounted for between 50 and 75 residential burglaries in Bolingbrook dating back to June following the arrest yesterday of six juveniles and an adult ring leader.

Francisco Alvarez, 42, 538 Castle Court, Bolingbrook, was charged with five felony counts of residential burglary and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor this morning in Will County after Bolingbrook investigators broke the case yesterday, police said.

Six other teens, including six males and one female ages 14 and 15, were arrested and turned over to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Facility, with charges ranging from residential burglary to criminal conspiracy, according to police.

No other details were provided on the identity of the juvenile suspects.

Bolingbrook police sid there were no indictions any of the suspects charged could have been involved in the recent murder of Kelli O'Laughlin.

According to authorities O'Laughlin a murdered last week after she came home during a residential burglary.

According to police, yesterday officers were able to round up the suspects after following up on several leads and tips, many from undisclosed sources identifying possible offenders.

At about 11:15 a.m. yesterday police observed three juveniles in the area of the 500 block of Castle Court wearing gloves, and at least one person carrying a crow bar.

They were taken into custody.

Since June many Bolingbrook residences have been broken into with the use of forcing open doors and windows, many with crow bars.

According to police, Alvarez would drive the suspects to crime scenes, then pick them and illegally obtained items up upon completion of burglaries.

Evidence recovered is being processed, and two vehicles have been impounded, police say.

“It is alleged this activity started in June, and the ring is potentially responsible for 50 to 75 of our recent residential burglaries,” said Lt. Mike Rompa, spokesman for the Bolingbrook Police Department.

“The Investigations Division, and the lead detective on this case have once again been able to display their true dedication and professionalism to the department and to the citizens of Bolingbrook,” Rompa said.

This incidents currently remain under investigation.