Updated: La Grange Police Charge 2 With Burglary

911 call on Tuesday results in police arresting two men on burglary charges.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: According to La Grange Police Chief Michael Holub, bond was set at $250,000 for Jack Smith Jr. and $350,000 for Michael A. Bass this morning.

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announced this morning that they have arrested and charged two men in connection with multiple burglaries in La Grange.

Michael A. Bass, 50, of Calumet City and Jack Smith Jr., 46, of Romeoville, were each charged with residential burglary; possession of burglary tools; two counts of criminal trespass to a residence; and two counts of criminal damage to property.

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The men were arrested after police responded to a 911 call on Tuesday, Sept. 4 on the 0-100 block of north Beacon Avenue. A resident on the block told police she believed she was meeting a delivery person, but when she learned the man at her home was not who she was expecting, she asked him to leave.

Police responded immediately and arrived in time to see both suspects running from the scene and get into a silver vehicle that was driven towards Ogden Avenue.

La Grange police broadcast a description of the vehicle, and it was spotted headed east on Ogden Avenue by Brookfield police and then by Lyons Police, who stopped the vehicle at 47th Street and First Avenue. Police believe the car was headed towards I-55.

Police arrested the two men in the car, who were identified as Bass and Smith, and transported their vehicle back to the police station. Police learned later that the vehicle contained a number of items that were the proceeds of an earlier burglary.

Later in the day on Sept. 4, La Grange police got a report of a burglary at an apartment on the 100 block of north La Grange Road. An investigation found several units in the apartment building had been forced open and had items stolen. These missing items were found inside the vehicle police already had in their custody.


Matthew Hendrickson September 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
That will be up to the judicial system, not the cops. All they can do is catch 'em and charge 'em.
Matthew Hendrickson September 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.
Shonagh Neafsey November 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The first man looks like the one I saw next to our garage side door one evening. It was a snowy dark night and he had a flashlight and was shining it on the door. When I asked what he was doing he ran, saying "Don't get excited, lady. I was just looking for my dog.". I have a photo of his boot prints in the snow, although this was almost 2 years ago so probably won't help now. That evening, about 6, I did call the police but he was long gone. Name Withheld. Home is a block from LaGrange.
Darren McRoy November 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Thanks for the story!!
Shirley Anderson December 01, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Why are they robbing poor people who live in apartments? Dumb criminals!


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