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Arrests could help end recent string of burglaries

Oct. 29, 2013 - Two Chicago men charged in connection with seven residential burglaries may eventually help solve nearly a dozen burglaries in northeast Oak Park, Police said today.

Dustin O. Betancourt

Charged were Dustin O. Betancourt, 19, of the 1800 block of N. Central Park Ave., and Deontray H. Dennis, 18, of the 900 block of N. Laramie Ave.

Betancourt was charged with five counts of residential burglary and one count of burglary, while Dennis was charged with three counts of residential burglary and one count of burglary.

Deontray H. Dennis

The pair was arrested in connection with a burglary that occurred in the early afternoon of Oct. 24 in the first block of Randolph Street. However, police say the men cooperated and the information they provided tied them to five additional burglaries and could help solve a string of other recent burglaries in the community.

Police also recovered five laptop computers and a digital camera believed taken in the robberies. The computers and camera were recovered from a computer repair shop in Chicago.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley credited the multi-jurisdictional West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force for playing a key role in making the arrests possible.

WEDGE, which was created in 2008, links police departments from communities in the western suburbs to fight crimes related to drug dealing and gang activity.

“These arrests demonstrate the value of communities sharing law enforcement resources and information to fight crime,” Tanksley said. “Not only do we share borders with our fellow WEDGE communities, we also share criminals. By working together we were able to arrest individuals who may have posed a threat to us all.”