BATAVIA – Two West Chicago men face charges of criminal damage to property and criminal damage to government property after police say damage was caused to a private business and city-owned property in Batavia.
Edgar R. Aguilar, 24, of the 200 block of Neltnor Boulevard, and Roberto Gonzalez, of the 29W100 block of Donald Drive, each face one count of criminal damage to government property, a Class 3 felony, and one count of criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony, according to a news release from the Batavia Police Department.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Oct. 18, in the zero block of North River Street in Batavia. Police responded to a report of damage to the front door of a private business at 17 N. River St. and found that a large cement garbage can, which was later determined to be property of the city of Batavia, had been smashed through the front door, the release said.
The garbage can had been rolled down the pedestrian stairs of the city parking deck at State and North River streets prior to being smashed into the window. The damage to the city's property included the garbage can, as well as the stairwell on the parking deck.
Police Detective Sgt. Shawn Mazza said he did not know their motive.
"What I suspect happened is they were heading back to their car and they were just being stupid. They basically rolled this can down the stairs," he said. "Fortunately, no one was coming up the stairs or coming around the corner."
Mazza said the can rolled across North River Street and crashed into the door of the business. The two men then got into their car and left, he said. Police estimated damage to the door of the business, alone, to be about $1,200.
Mazza said police tracked down the two men through a witness and video surveillance images.
Both Aguilar and Gonzalez have posted bond and are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17 at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.