A Zion man has been charged with another 60 burglaries in Illinois and Wisconsin over the course of a “massive criminal spree” that began in the summer of 2013.
Six counts of burglary, five counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, and two counts of theft between $500 and $10,000 were among the charges against Kwantrell C. Williams of Zion, Illinois, in early April.
He was also charged with five counts of unauthorized possession of a license p and five counts of burglary tools.
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Williams was accused of breaking into Firestone Complete Auto Care at 6325 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake on January 24 after breaking a glass window, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court.
According to police, Williams allegedly stole diagnostic computers from the company.
Swift Wash at 161 Liberty Road in Crystal Lake was broken into minutes later by Williams after he broke a glass door, according to the lawsuit.
The break-in resulted in the loss of cash and an iPod.
10 minutes later, Williams allegedly smashed the glass windows of Discount Muffler and Brake, located at 80 East Berkshire Drive in Crystal Lake. Theft of a car battery charger.
Williams allegedly broke into the BMO Harris bank in Crystal Lake, Illinois, at 5545 Northwest Highway in less than 20 minutes, damaging the bank’s glass windows for over $10,000.
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The complaint stated that police tried to execute a traffic stop on Williams following the burglaries, but he evaded them.
A week later, on January 31, Williams returned to the same Firestone Auto Care company and broke a glass window again, according to the lawsuit.
A stolen 2015 Honda Accord was found in Williams’ possession during numerous of burglaries, according to authorities.
According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, three additional businesses were broken into or attempted to be broken into on January 31 by Williams, according to new charges filed against him on Monday.
Frontline Automotive, located in unincorporated McHenry at 1701 West Route 120; Caliber Collision, located in unincorporated Crystal Lake at 5702 South Route 31; and the Mobil gas station, located in unincorporated McHenry at 4407 High Point, are just a few examples.
As a result of those burglaries, Williams was charged with three counts of burglary and three charges of criminal damage to property.
According to a criminal complaint, on February 24, Williams reportedly broke a window to enter the Little House of Cars, located at 805 East Terra Cotta Avenue in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Little House of Cars accused Williams of taking a Canon camera, key fobs and battery packs.
A 2009 Chevy Tahoe and an Audi A4 are also believed to have been stolen from the firm.
The McHenry County Jail has been holding Williams since his arrest in early March on allegations of a June 2020 burglary.
According to Lake and McHenry County Scanner, Lt. Paul Kehrli of the Zion Police Department earlier told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that Williams was responsible for around 60 burglaries in five Illinois and Wisconsin counties.
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Burglaries were reported in Zion, Grayslake, Lake Villa, and Gurnee, all in Lake County.
For the most part, Kehrli said, Williams would burglarize businesses in the middle of the night after staking out the premises throughout the day.
In the course of the burglaries, Williams would steal automobiles, drive them to a storage facility, and then dispose of them, Kehrli said.
On the other hand, Kehrli claims that Williams’ half-brother was a getaway driver and occasionally assisted in the burglaries.
Before he was finally apprehended in Waukegan, Illinois, in February, Williams had eluded capture multiple times.
As far as federal charges are concerned, Kehrli noted that the U.S. Attorney’s Office might investigate Williams’s “huge crime spree.”
In McHenry County Jail, he is being held on a $190,000 bond and is expected to appear in court again on May 13.