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Police: Couple arrested for series of burglaries in Braidwood

Suspects allegedly took money, prescription drugs and sunglasses

Joshua M. Garrelts, 25, of Essex, and Chyna J.P. Sikic, 21, of Braidwood, were arrested Friday, May 25, 2018, for a series of car and residential burglaries in Braidwood, according to police.
Joshua M. Garrelts, 25, of Essex, and Chyna J.P. Sikic, 21, of Braidwood, were arrested Friday, May 25, 2018, for a series of car and residential burglaries in Braidwood, according to police.

A couple was arrested on Friday in connection with multiple burglaries throughout Braidwood.

Joshua M. Garrelts, 25, of the 400 block of West Pacific Street in Essex, and Chyna J.P. Sikic, 21, of the 800 block of West Main Street in Braidwood, were booked into the Will County Jail Friday night, each with 11 charges of burglary, according to Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficarello. Nine of those charges were for car burglaries and two were for residential burglaries.

Braidwood police had received multiple calls of burglaries in the residential area of the southern part of the city. Ficarello added that Garrelts and Sikic had also burglarized four more victims, but those victims have not yet come forward.

The suspects were eventually caught when one victim in the 100 block of South Maple Street caught them on Friday breaking into his car. The victim confronted Garrelts and held him until police responded. Sikic took off running according to Ficarello, but was later caught when the investigation led to identifying her as an accomplice.

The couple had taken money, prescription drugs, sunglasses and other items to sell. Ficarello said about 70 percent of the stolen items had been recovered as of Saturday morning.

Garrelts and Sikic were booked into the Will County Jail Friday night. He was booked on an additional misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing. Both appeared in court Saturday morning.

Braidwood police were handling the investigation into the burglaries.

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