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Thief uses bathroom, steals copper from home

Updated: January 15, 2013 11:19AM

Someone stole tools, copper and snacks, worth a total of $2,100, from a home in the 100 block of South Russell Avenue between 11 a.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aurora police said.

According to police, officers were called by a neighbor for a strong odor of gas coming from a house. A Nicor employee was able to shut off the gas, which was apparently leaking from some of the half-inch pipes that had been removed.

Police said the thief pried open the back door of the house, which was being renovated. The suspect also broke a window in the home, probably so he could hand copper out of the house, police said. Besides taking the copper and tools, the homeowner said the thief also used the bathroom, ate chips and took all the soda from the house, police said.


Martha Jiminez, 46, 900 block of Aurora Avenue, Aurora, was charged with felony driving with a suspended license and misdemeanor disregarding a stop sign at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Pearl Street, police said.

Justin Jordan, 39, 0-99 block of South View Street, Aurora, was charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home, police said.

Gabriel Morga, 52, 100 block of Woodlawn Avenue, Aurora, was charged with felony suspended license at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of East New York Street, police said.

Copper piping worth $1,200 was stolen from a house in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue between Nov. 30 and Wednesday, police said.

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