VILLA PARK — Two homeless men were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in two separate incidents that happened in Villa Park Monday.
Officers first responded to a report of a theft-in-progress at the BP Gas Station, 1 W. St. Charles Road at 8:14 a.m. Feb. 4. The victim told police that he had left his car running and gone into the business to buy a cup of coffee when he saw a man enter the vehicle.
The victim shouted and got the attention of a witness who then moved his own car to block the victim's car and prevent the suspect from driving away.
Kevin P. Gross, 27, homeless, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
At 8:41 a.m. Monday, police responded to Walgreens, 6 E. St. Charles Road, for a second motor vehicle theft.
The victim told police that he had been delivering medications to the pharmacy when someone took his 2004 Ford cargo van. The keys had been left inside the vehicle.
At 2:28 p.m. Monday, a patrol officer saw the stolen vehicle in the rear parking lot of an apartment complex in the 100 block of West Terrace Street. Officers watched the vehicle until about 3:34 p.m. when a man entered the van and tried to drive away.
Officers blocked the vehicle and arrested the driver.
Jose A. Bolado, 44, homeless, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Gross and Bolado are both being held at DuPage County on bond of $15,000 each.
Villa Park police issued a reminder that residents should never leave their cars running and unattended.