According to Brunswick police, Lindsey R. Kitchen, 24, of the 100 block of Brownell Avenue; her sister, Emilee R. Orozco, 18, of the same Brownell address; and Marvin A. Jones, 19, 1105 W. 11th St., were arrested after two of them were spotted looking into cars on the city’s northwest side.
Police charged all three with criminal trespassing, theft and vehicle trespassing after finding stolen items in the Honda the three were traveling in.
Police Sgt. Sam Milliam said it’s possible the trio was involved in other unsolved thefts in neighboring communities and said Brunswick police are working with law enforcement in those communities.
Orozco told police she only was the driver and that Kitchen and Jones went through the cars looking for items. Brunswick police recovered an iPad, a digital camera and a purse in the car Orozco was driving, according to a police report.
Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, a man called Brunswick police to report suspicious activity near Skyview Drive at Forest Hills Apartments. The caller said he saw a shirtless man and a woman walking around carports looking into cars. He told police he called because his girlfriend’s car had been broken into two days earlier. He said he heard car alarms going off and the pair got into a gray Honda and headed south toward Hickory Hills Apartments.
As Officer Mark Luciano headed toward Skyview Drive, he spotted a gray Honda headed south toward Beverly Hills Drive. He stopped the vehicle and found Jones, Kitchen and Orozco inside. Jones was not wearing a shirt and both Jones and Kitchen matched the description given by the caller.
After searching the car, officers found gloves and flashlights, so all three also were charged with possession of criminal tools. In addition, Kitchen was charged with possession of fireworks after two fireworks were recovered from her pants.
Jones was charged with receiving stolen property, and Kitchen and Orozco were charged with falsification for lying to officers about where the items in the car came from, the report said.
Luciano later went through the Forest Hills apartment complex and found that eight cars appeared to have been entered, and consoles and glove compartments were left open.
An iPad and digital camera were returned to their owners in the Brunswick area and a purse will be returned to a Vermilion woman who had reported it stolen, the report said.
Milliam said the arrests are a good reminder for residents to keep their cars locked and to be alert for suspicious activity.
“Please don’t hesitate to call if you see anything suspicious,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to call.”