A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
On Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, at approximately 8:10 P.M., Crystal Lake Police responded to the corner of Autumncrest Drive and Deerhaven Drive after receiving information of an individual damaging a stop sign with what appeared to be a crow-bar.
The witness, a Crystal Lake Street Department employee who was salting streets at the time, contacted police immediately with the license plate number and description of the suspect’s vehicle.
Within minutes the suspect vehicle was located and stopped by Crystal Lake Park District Police at Candlewood Drive and Alexandra Blvd.
The vehicle was occupied by two male adults and one male juvenile.
All three subjects were detained and transported to the Crystal Lake Police Department.
During subsequent investigation it was revealed that all three individuals were responsible for at least 24 separate acts of reported damage which targeted unoccupied parked vehicles and mailboxes between Saturday, January 21st, 2012 and Sunday evening January 22nd, 2012.
The majority of the damage occurred in the southwest area of the City, which included eight vehicles damaged with one windshield broken and sixteen mailboxes.
The estimated damages collectively exceed $3,000.00 dollars.
- Cleveland L. Wiggins an 18 year old male residing at 764 Weston Drive, Crystal Lake and
- Zachary J. Mecko an 18 year old male residing at 1024 Butler Drive, Crystal Lake
were each charged with
Two Counts of Criminal Damage to Property,
Class A Misdemeanors.
Additional counts may be added pending review by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The juvenile offender, who is also a Crystal Lake resident, was charged with One Count of Criminal Damage to Property and released to his parents.
The adults were processed and released after posting $150.00 cash bond with a court date of March 13th, 2012.