Four charged in alleged JJC gasoline theft

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 3:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 3:20 p.m. CDT
Joaquin L. Contreras
Adam S. Gronau
Trey A. Hildebrand
Debra D. Klima

JOLIET – Four people were arrested early Sunday after allegedly stealing from the fuel pumps at Joliet Junior College.

JJC Police Chief Pete Comanda said officers noticed Saturday night someone had cut the locks that secure gas pumps used by vehicles at the main campus, 1215 Houbolt Road.

"We kept an eye on the area and came back to find the occupants of two vehicles had filled them and were filling portable containers with fuel," Comanda said.

A trailer used by the culinary arts department and parked nearby was also broken open, but nothing was reported missing, Comanda said.

Adam S. Gronau, 21, of the 4300 block of Glenlo Drive in Plainfield, and Trey A. Hildebrand, 21, of the 5000 block of Switch Grass Lane in Naperville, were arrested on charges of burglary, theft, vandalism and possession of burglary tools.

Joaquin L. Contreras, 39, of the 400 block of West Washington Street in St. Anne, and Debra D. Klima, 32, of the 8500 block of South Muskegon Avenue in Chicago, were arrested on charges of theft.

None of the four suspects are JJC students, according to Comanda.

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