Wilmette police have arrested two suspects in connection to a string of burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, April 12.
Murad Eminov, 18, of Chicago is being charged with three counts of felony burglary and one count of felony unlawful use of an unissued credit card, and a 15 year old juvenile male from Chicago is being petitioned to be charged with one count of felony burglary, a release from the Wilmette Police Department stated.
On Friday April 12, the Wilmette Police Department received calls about one non-force garage burglary and thirteen burglary reports to unlocked motor vehicles. At 1:45 a.m., a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles was used to make an unauthorized purchase at a Highland Park gas station.
In the early hours of Sunday April 14, Park Ridge Police officers stopped Eminov driving in the 1100 block of Garden St. in park Ridge. After further investigation, officers took him and his passenger into custody (the passenger was later released). During a search of the vehicle, they located a GPS unit that was found to belong to a Wilmette resident in the 700 block of Lake Ave.
A Park Ridge detective contacted Sgt. McGarry, who provided a description of the possible offender and vehicle tied to the Wilmette string of burglaries. During interviews with Wilmette detectives, Murad admitted to coming to Wilmette and "car hopping," meaning he burglarized 10-16 vehicles. He stated that there were three other subjects with him.
After further investigation, officers determined that there weas only one other person — a Chicago juvenile — with him at the time of the burglaries. The juvenile admitted to the acts.
Eminov's court date is set for April 22, and his bond is set for $5,000. The juvenile's court date and bond have not yet been set.