Joliet Jackhammers Get Jacked

Thief rats out accomplices

By Matt Bartosik
|  Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM CDT
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Honor among thieves? Heck no! For these young criminals, it was every man for himself.

Robbers broke into Silver Cross Field, the home of the Joliet Jackhammers last week and stole 16 recently installed LCD flatscreen TVs from the luxury suites, reports The Herald-News.

To get into the ballpark the burglars cut surveillance camera cables and broke open a gate.

"Around 9 p.m., Sgt. Mike Reilly received information from a confidential source that a man would be coming to Joliet from Lockport with TV sets from the break-in," Chief Fred Hayes told The Herald-News.

A confidential source? Might there have been a rat among the snakes?

Police were told to keep an eye out for a blue 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier. Sure enough, officers stopped a vehicle fitting the description and found two flatscreen TVs in the back seat.

"The serial number on one of those sets matched one taken from Silver Cross Field," Hayes said, according to The Herald-News.

The 18-year-old driver, David Swan, was arrested and questioned. His song was as sweet as a canary's.

Swan admitted to breaking into the ballpark and implicated his fellow troublemakers, officials said.

Police arrested William R. Cooper, 20; Arien A. Whitehead, 19; and Wayne G. Weyker, 17.

At Swan's residence—after getting a search warrant because Swan's mother refused to allow police to search the premises—investigators "seized four TVs, a soundboard, countless bottles of booze that had been taken from the suites, and several Joliet Jackhammer souvenirs," Hayes said, reports The Herald-News.

All four of the young adults were charged with burglary and imprisoned.

Meanwhile, athletes plan to continue stealing bases later this year.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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