MAN CHARGED AFTER STEALING
Monday, August 2, 2010— Police have charged one man, and are seeking another in connection with a series of ruse entries and thefts on seniors, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Monday.
Jay Taylor, 21, of the 600 block of Bluff St. in Carol Stream, has been charged with two felony counts of forgery. Taylor and an accomplice, Sal Auditore, 21, also of the 600 block of Bluff St., are accused of working together to gain the confidence of their elderly victims, and steal from them. Police believe the two men have committed similar crimes in other jurisdictions within Illinois, and possibly other states.
Three senior residents of an assisted living center in Palos Park became Taylor and Auditore’s latest known victims. On June 27th and 28th the men gained entry to their homes by saying they were working on a high school project and needed help. They would talk about the project, then one would ask to use the restroom, and proceed to steal money, checks, credit cards and other items.
After canvassing the area, contacting numerous banks, convenience stores and other law enforcement agencies, Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives were able to develop leads, and identified Taylor as one of those involved. Taylor then identified Auditore, who has a long criminal history in states including Arizona, Colorado and California, and has an active arrest warrant in Michigan for similar crimes.
Taylor told police he recently dropped Auditore off at a Greyhound station in Colorado and that Auditore was possibly headed to California. Three nationwide, no-bond warrants have been issued for Auditore’s arrest on charges of burglary.
Taylor received a $5,000 D-bond on July 30th, and has bonded out. His next hearing in Cook County is set for August 18th in Bridgeview.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office believes there may be more victims in the area, and the Financial Crimes Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information or concerns should contact detectives at 708-865-4700.