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18th of July 2018


Cortland police chief: Arrests made in rash of car burglaries

CORTLAND – The Cortland police chief is confident a rash of car burglaries in the Neucort Lakes neighborhood might be cleared up.

Chief Lin Dargis said one of three suspects in about 10 such burglaries, a 15-year-old boy from DeKalb, has been arrested, and that the department is working with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office to authorize charges against a 21-year-old Aurora man who owns the black Mercedes used in the burglaries. The department is still looking for the third man, an 18-year-old man from DeKalb.

Dargis said as soon as charges are authorized for the 21-year-old, his information will be released.

Thanks to video surveillance outside some of the properties and a resident on East Meadow Drive calling 911, an officer was able to respond and spot the suspects about 1:30 a.m. June 26 on Somonauk Road. Dargis said the officer turned around and pursued the vehicle, which sped away, eventually finding it in the 100 block of North Avenue, where the three suspects fled. The two men got away, but the minor was arrested after 3 a.m., and his information led police to the 21-year-old.

Nothing significant was stolen from vehicles broken into on East Meadow Drive and East Clover Avenue, Dargis said power tools were stolen from a vehicle in the first block of Daisy Avenue and found in the Mercedes.

Dargis said the department is working with the state’s attorney’s office to determine what charges the boy could face, as well.

He said including a flurry of vehicle burglaries the week before, in which cigarettes, change and cash were taken, the arrests will lead to the clearing of about 10 cases.

“We do think they were related,” he said. “These are crimes of opportunity. They’re looking for vehicles that are unlocked, and looking for anything they might be able to sell or trade.”

After more than 26 years with the St. Charles Police Department, Dargis joined the Cortland department as chief in August 2015, and said his full-time staff has grown from three to six full-time officers, allowing them to patrol 24/7 – most days.

“We’re still 24/7, as much as we are able to be,” he said.

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