Police Report 7 Christmas Car Burglaries

The following arrest information was supplied by the Deerfield Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Car Burglaries 

Seven automobile burglaries to unlocked cars took place between 7 p.m. Dec. 24 and 12:22 p.m. Dec. 26 throughout Deerfield, according to Deerfield Police reports. No arrests were reported. 

Though most of the occurrences happened on Christmas Day, they were all reported a day after or later, according to the report. The time windows describe the time the victims last left their car and the time they discovered the break in. 

Two of the burglaries took place on Country Lane, one on Marcie Court, one on Waukegan Road, one on Hackberry Road, one on Wayne Avenue and one Wincanton Drive, according to the report. 

The items reported missing included I-pod chargers, a Play Station, GPS devices, cash, coins, power tools, hand tools and gift cards. 

Residential Burglary 

A Deerfield home on Lombardy Lane was burglarized between Dec. 21 and Dec. 30 while the family who resides in the house was away on vacation, according to Deerfield Police reports

When the family returned home Dec. 30 after a nine-day vacation, one member entered the house through the front door, discovered a broom on the floor which had been standing, drawers open and items scattered on the floor, according to the report. The person immediately left the house and called the police. 

Police discovered a window ajar in the garage and determined it was the likely point of entry, according to the report. The victims discovered jewelry, blank checks and a briefcase missing. 


Rafael Cruz, 22, of Chicago was arrested Dec. 29 for theft of a refrigerator from his employer, Siemens, according to Deerfield Police reports. 

Police spotted a refrigerator Dec. 27 on a hillside in the vicinity of 1717 Deerfield Road, made an inquiry at Siemens and could not determine if it was the company’s property, according to the report. 

Shortly afterward, police saw a car containing Cruz in the vicinity, approached him and he said he came to get the refrigerator, according to the report. He said he worked at Siemens as a janitor and the refrigerator was marked as trash. 

The next day police learned from the company the refrigerator was not marked as trash but was, in fact, stolen, according to the report. Police then contacted Cruz who surrendered Dec. 29. He was released on bond and will appear in Lake County Court at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Park City. 

Driver’s License Infraction 

Daniel Dominguez-Cruz, 25, of Chicago was arrested recently for driving with a suspended license and driving with a broken tail light, according to Deerfield Police reports. 

After stopping Cruz on Waukegan Road near Deerfield High School for the broken tail light, a check showed his license was suspended for a previous conviction of driving under the influence, according to the report. He was released on bond and will appear in Lake County Court at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Park City. 

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Brian Hickey March 13, 2013 at 09:36 PM
A whole lotta Cruz'n going on apparently.


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