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Man arrested in 2015 Lockport Township theft

Roberto C. Mosqueda
Roberto C. Mosqueda

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – A Joliet man has been arrested after being linked to a 2015 theft of several metal items from a Lockport Township yard.

Roberto C. Mosqueda, 37, of the 300 block of Collins Street, was arrested by Will County Sheriff’s police Tuesday on charges of theft.

According to Will County jail records, Mosqueda also faces charges of driving with a suspended license.

In July 2015, a Briggs Street resident contacted sheriff’s police after finding eight aluminum wheel rims valued at $2,000 had been stolen from a shed on his property.

“The victim later found two aluminum jon boats, a 20-foot extension ladder, a truck bed toolbox and a heavy duty floor jacket had also been taken,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. The boats were valued at $1,000 each.

Hoffmeyer said the victim checked his surveillance system and saw a black Ford pickup truck come onto the property and a man and woman take the items.

“He then called All American Recycling in Joliet and learned a man had been in twice that day to sell the items,” Hoffmeyer said.

After reviewing receipts and other paperwork, deputies were able to identify Mosqueda, Hoffmeyer said. According to Will County court records, a warrant was issued for his arrest Jan. 24. Hoffmeyer had no comment when asked why the investigation took 18 months.

Mosqueda is being held in the Will County jail on $50,000 bond. Court records indicate Mosqueda did not complete his probation after he pleaded guilty to a 2014 drug possession case from Joliet.

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