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Police Continue to Make Burglary Arrests a Priority


On December 5, 2013 Park Ridge Police Investigators made another arrest for a series of burglaries to automobiles which occurred over the past six months in Park Ridge, Chicago and Schiller Park. Gregory Magnuszewski, 18 years of age from the 4600 Block of N. Grace in Schiller Park, IL was charged with four counts of Burglary to Motor Vehicle, a class 2 Felony, for burglaries which occurred in Park Ridge. Investigators were able to link him to at least 30 more in Park Ridge. Magnuszewski is also alleged to have been responsible for dozens of car burglaries in Chicago, Schiller Park and, potentially other area municipalities and charges are pending in some of those jurisdictions.

During the burglaries, Magnuszewski is alleged to have stolen cell phones, sports equipment and other electronics. In addition, several vehicles belonging to police officers and a firefighter were burglarized. Among other items Park Ridge investigators recovered included a police radio, body armor as well as a pistol magazine.

This arrest was made possible because a witness to one of the burglaries was able to provide a partial license plate. Detective Tim McEwen spent hours reconfiguring the numbers and letters provided until he was able to link it to a vehicle matching the description of a car leaving the scene. The willingness of the witness to become involved and Detective McEwen’s tenacity helped stop another serial car burglar and sends yet another message to those who are thinking of targeting the cars of Park Ridge, to think again. The Park Ridge Police Department is committed to identifying and arresting those individuals who would prey on others.

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