ELMHURST – A Chicago man has been charged with burglary and battery following crimes he allegedly committed Nov. 8 and 9 in the Elmhurst building where he works.
Conrad W. Crockett, 29, of the 4300 block of West Iowa Street, Chicago, was charged Nov. 9. with burglary and bettery after police responded to a call at Pazzi Di Pizza, 105 S. York St., that Crockett had walked behind the counter at the restaurant and had been manipulating register keys, Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Mike McLean said in a phone interview Nov. 14.
Police were called to the building at 12:29 p.m. Nov. 9, just after the cash register incident occurred. Crockett did not gain access to the register, according to initial reports.
Police found Crockett on the fourth floor of the building, questioned him about the cash register incident and discovered that Crockett had entered Suite 440 of the building without permission, McLean said. It is alleged Crockett also stole a baseball from the office of Richard M. Varchetto Attorney At Law, 105 S. York St., Suite 440, according to police reports. The baseball was a Little League ball that had been signed by the teammates of Varchetto's child, McLean said. A witness in the fourth floor office reported the baseball theft.
"It's sad that a personal item that a parent kept to commemorate his child's baseball experience was taken, but we're pleased to have recovered the item," McLean said.
While investigating the burglary, a woman working in the building told police Crockett touched her inappropriately the day before,while walking past her in Suite 410, the space occupied by LGC Hospitality, where Crockett is employed. She said the battery incident happened at about 12:15 p.m. Nov. 8, McLean said. Crocket subsequently was charged with battery.
LGC Hospitality, a hospitality staffing company with headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., could not be reached for comment.
Crockett is scheduled to appear in DuPage County court at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 regarding the burglary charge, and at 9 a.m. Dec. 14 regarding the battery charge.