RIVERSIDE – A Bensenville man and a juvenile from Berwyn were charged with commercial burglary after using a baseball bat to break into a Riverside gas station to steal cash, according to police.
Peter G. Capote, 20, of the 0-100 block of West Main Street, Bensenville, was arrested early Nov. 6 after breaking into a gas station in the 500 block of Longcommon Road. With him was a 17-year-old male from Berwyn.
Police responded to the gas station at 1:24 a.m. after the building's security alarm went off. When they arrived, they found a baseball bat next to the gas station's broken glass front door. They also found packs of cigarettes on the floor and noticed the cash register was missing.
While Riverside police were watching surveillance video from the gas station, Stickney police sent out a call for a commercial burglary. Shortly after, Lyons police spotted a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the 3900 block of Harlem Avenue and held the two subjects for potential witness identification. Police matched them with the subjects on the surveillance video and took them into custody.
According to police, Capote said he and the juvenile had consumed a drug similar to ecstasy throughout the night and did not remember much of what happened.
Capote was charged with felony burglary by Riverside police. The Berwyn juvenile was charged with felony burglary in Riverside and Stickney. Both have court appearances scheduled for Nov. 13.
As of Monday, Berwyn and Stickney police were still investigating possible charges.