Three burglars thought they could outsmart police by hiding stolen goods under an infant who was riding in a child's seat in the group's alleged getaway car, police allege.
Pricilla Ramos, 26, of 815 Clark St., and Elicia Nichole McQuown, 28, of 322 Union Ave., have been charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary, felony burglary, felony criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property, after allegedly breaking into a residence on West Third Street in the city.
Zachary Ryan Williams, 27, of 331 Locust St., Apt. 1, has been charged with felony burglary and receiving stolen property after allegedly driving Ramos and McQuown from the scene.
On Sunday, police responded to a report of a burglary-in-progress at 2633 W. Third St. While en-route, Officer Jeff Paulhamus was informed that the two female burglars had fled the scene in a silver sedan. Officer Joseph Ananea pursued the vehicle while Paulhamus continued on to the residence.
There, Paulhamus interviewed victims Timothy Weaver and Angel Rivera. Weaver told police that he and Rivera were on the second floor when Rivera heard the screen door either open or close.
Rivera went downstairs to investigate and came upon two females, later identified as Ramos and McQuown, standing in his kitchen, rummaging through the items on his kitchen table.
Rivera, who had never seen the two before, yelled at the women. According to police, Ramos quickly grabbed something off the kitchen table and handed it to McQuown, and the pair fled the residence.
Rivera and Weaver chased the women down the street and saw them enter a silver sedan that was being driven by a white male, later identified as Williams, according to court records.
According to police, Rivera and Weaver were "extremely frightened by the crime." Riveras reported that the thieves had taken his smart phone, worth about $600, from the kitchen table. Weaver reported that his bank card and photo identification were removed from a pair of his pants, which were on the table. Their friend, Brittany Dimarco, reported that the pair had stolen two access cards, her photo identification, and at least $80 from her wallet, which also was on the kitchen table.
Ananea had stopped a suspicious silver sedan on Maynard Street, near Hagan Way. According to reports, the vehicle contained a male driver, two female passengers and an unidentified infant in a child seat.
Paulhamus drove Rivera and Weaver over to where the vehicle had been detained. According to court records, seconds after driving past the suspects, Rivera and Weaver identified the suspects as the burglars and driver.
Police searched the vehicle. According to court records, they found Weaver's bank card on the front passenger seat, and Rivera's smart phone in the glove box.
When police removed the infant, they discovered Dimarco's two access cards and photo identification and two lottery tickets in the child seat.
The vehicle was seized and impounded by police.
Ramos, McQuown and Williams were arraigned before District Judge James Sortman on Sunday evening.
Ramos has been incarcerated in lieu of $125,000 bail, McQuown remains incarcerated in lieu of $80,000 bail and Williams remains incarcerated in lieu of $90,000 bail.
According to city police, the infant was taken to stay with relatives.