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‘Not dangerous; just stupid,’ says Three Roosters store manager about burglars

Three Roosters, La Deliciosa Michoacana, and Subway burglarized early Thursday morning

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 25, 2018) – Daisy Herrera has received early-morning phone calls from ADT before, but it usually turns out to be one of the piñatas in her Mexican grocery store setting off the motion sensor. This morning though, it was three young men who set off the alarm.

Three young men were caught on surveillance video as they burglarized Three Roosters Produce early Thursday morning.

They broke in through the south front window and headed to the cash register. Removing the drawer, they broke it open and stole $140. That’s the amount that’s always left in the till to start the new day of business.

A hole in the wall and a few random pieces of glass are the only remaining evidence of the burglary that happened at the Ridge Road Subway early Thursday morning. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lansing Police arrived within minutes. In fact, they had been at the Subway on Ridge Road responding to a similar incident. “They brought their own brick,” said a Subway worker to one of the customers who asked about the burglary while ordering lunch. The burglars threw the brick through the West Street glass door, gained entry, headed to the cash register, and emptied it. Their take? Ten dollars.

From Subway to Three Roosters, and then to La Deliciosa Michoacana in the same plaza, where again they smashed the glass door and headed for the cash register. This time they took the whole drawer and ran.

Marisol Pantoja works at La Deliciosa Michoacana ice cream shop, which was burglarized early Thursday morning. She was surprised to learn that the burglars set off the alarm at neighboring Three Roosters and still decided to break in to La Deliciosa Michoacana. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Marisol Pantoja was alone in the ice cream shop later this morning and understandably frightened. Herrera, however, was more annoyed than scared. “For what it was,” she shrugged, “I mean, it was… They’re just stupid. They’re definitely kids. Just—stupid. It was more of an inconvenience than anything.”

Daisy Herrera, manager of Three Roosters, was more annoyed by the burglary than frightened. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

“It’s a good neighborhood,” said Ricardo Acevedo, son of Three Roosters owner Ernesto Acevedo. Nothing like this has happened in the seven or eight years Three Roosters has been open, so he was shocked to get the alarm this morning.

Herrera agrees. “We’ve never had any issues,” she said. “We’ve had, you know, weirdos here and there. But nothing like this.”

The Lansing Police Department is requesting that anyone with information about these three burglaries contact the Lansing Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 708-895-7150.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.