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Teens accused of burglary, dismantling exercise machine

  • Erlin Larios and Joshue Roman-Gamez, CPD handout.
Erlin Larios and Joshue Roman-Gamez, CPD handout.
January 15, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two Chicago teenagers were charged with felony burglary Tuesday night after police officers found them trying to take apart a home exercise machine in front of the home it came from.

Erlin Larios, 19, and Joshue Roman-Gamez, 18, both of Back of the Yards, were arrested just after 10:30 p.m. in front of a home in the 500 block of South Damen Avenue after police officers were called to the address by a concerned neighbor, according to court records.

Police officers saw Larios and Roman-Gamez and another male offender who did not appear in bond court Wednesday loading up a pick-up truck with items from the home, including an exercise machine they were struggling to take apart when police arrived, according to the police report.

Larios allegedly told police officers he knew the owner of the home, and that they had permission to pick up the belongings and scrap them for money. The owner, a 39-year-old woman, told police the story was false.

Larios, who was carrying a screwdriver and an Allen wrench, was charged with two counts of burglary, while Roman-Gamez was charged with one. Both were brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon; Larios was released on a $50,000 I-bond with electronic monitoring required, and Roman-Gamez was released on a $25,000 I-bond with electronic monitoring required.

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