Cooperation between the Lake Bluff, Highland Park and Bannockburn Police Departments led to the arrest of a Milwaukee man suspected of theft and criminal damage to cars in the Lake Bluff train station early on December 14.
Francisco J. DeJesus-Rivera, 28, of Milwaukee was arrested on misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal damage to property December 14 by Lake Bluff police, according to a news release from the department.
DeJesus-Rivera was also arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and driving in the wrong direction on Highway 41 by Highland Park police, according to Highland Park Deputy Chief Tim Wilinski.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Lake Bluff police discovered three vandalized cars in the parking lot of the train station in downtown Lake Bluff, according to the release. Deputy Lake Bluff Police Chief Matt Smizinski said the wheels and tires were removed from one of the vehicles, a Lexus sedan. He said the other vehicles had minor damage.
“We put it out over the air and heard from Highland Park,” said Smizinski. “Tires and wheels are very specific on different cars and they knew we were looking for Lexus tires and wheels.”
Highland Park police discovered the allegedly stolen tires and wheels during a crash investigation in the 2700 block of Highway 41, according to Wilinski.
“The car was going northbound in the southbound lanes and hit a semi,” said Wilinski. “The driver left on foot. Our officers found him with the help of a canine from Bannockburn. They smelled a strong odor of alcohol from his breath.”
Wilinski said the driver of the semi identified DeJesus-Rivera as the operator of the car that struck his vehicle. After charging him, Highland Park police handed custody of DeJesus-Rivera to Lake Bluff police officers, who then charged him with the alleged Lake Bluff crimes, according to the release.
“This case was closed very quickly because of the cooperation between area police departments,” said Smizinski.
DeJesus-Rivera was released on bond by the Lake Bluff police and is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court December 22 in Waukegan, according to Smizinski. Wilinski said DeJesus is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court January 19 in the Highland Park case.