Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Latino Grinch Breaks into Home, Steals Gifts, then Tries to Return them for Money
A Chicago-area man has been arrested for attempting to return Christmas presents he stole from a home he broke into.
Police allege Jose Chavez-Sanchez of Schaumburg broke into and Elk Grove home and stole a number electronics and clothing meant as gifts in hopes of returning the items and getting money for them.
Chavez-Sanchez, 21, allegedly broke into the home on the 600 block of New Mexico Trail around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Luckily, no one was home at the time, but the Latino Grinch managed to steal electronics, though most of the gifts he grabbed were clothing from the Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Streets of Woodfield shopping area in Schaumburg.
Elk Grove Police Department Sgt. Nick Olsen said the culprit was caught Monday night when he attempted to the return the clothing for cash. What he did not know was that Dick’s employees had already been notified that someone might try to return the items. They workers quickly notified police, and Chavez-Sanchez was arrested around 7 p.m. the same night.
Chavez-Sanchez of the 2200 block of Pennview Lane in Schaumburg, is being held on $75,000 bond and is due in court January 13.