Wheaton Man Charged with Hinsdale Jewelry Theft

The 20-year-old allegedly took four gold items during a party; investigators were tipped off that he had pawned several items at shops in Glen Ellyn and Niles.

Elton D. Garner, of 1410 Dawes Ave. in Wheaton, was arrested by the Thursday and charged with stealing more than $7,800 worth of jewelry from a Hinsdale home during a party in November, Deputy Chief Mark Wodka said.

Garner, 20, was arrested at his home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday after investigators learned that he had pawned some of the stolen items at pawnshops in Niles and Glen Ellyn. 

"He was able to obtain cash," Wodka said.

Garner allegedly stole the items from a Hinsdale home in the 800 block of North Washington Street during a party on the night of Nov. 23. Wodka said Garner was not invited to the party, which was hosted by a family member of the homeowner while the homeowner was away, but was an acquaintance of an invited guest. 

The stolen items include a gold Rolex watch, a gold Gucci necklace, a gold Fancy bracelet, and a gold Amythst Swan necklace. The total value of the stolen items is $7,876.50.

Several of the items were not recovered in the investigation, said Wodka, who did not know which particular items were pawned. Garner is being charged with the theft of all four items. 

The deputy chief did not say how the police department was tipped off about Garner pawning the items. 

The offense was first reported by Hinsdale Police in . Garner was transported to DuPage County Jail Thursday, Wodka said, and likely had a bond hearing Friday morning. 

Jim McMahon December 10, 2011 at 06:18 PM
They may want to check the necklace he's wearing to.
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