DYER | A man from Sauk Village and another from Crete face felony burglary charges in connection with a residential burglary Friday in Dyer. Police are investigating whether the men were involved in a rash of burglaries in the area since January.
Michael Klinkhammer, 32, of Sauk Village, and Andrew Menias, also 32, of Crete, are in the Cook County Jail awaiting extradition to Lake County, according to a news release from Dyer police.
Dyer police caught the men in a blue 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck Friday following a brief pursuit after receiving a report of a possible residential burglary at 10:47 a.m. in the 100 block of Chateau Drive.
A neighbor noticed suspicious activity at a home and the witness provided a description of the vehicle, the suspects and a license plate number to Dyer police. Officers arrived to find the vehicle leaving the subdivision and a brief pursuit ensued.
During the pursuit, items were thrown out of the pickup truck's window, police said. Officers caught Klinkhammer and Menias, recovered the discarded items and determined it was jewelry taken from the home on Chateau Drive, police said.
Dyer Police Chief David Hein said his officers are working with others in the area who believe the two suspects could be involved in more residential burglaries.
"Lots of people had a blue pickup truck as involved in burglaries," he said.
He said the burglaries were similar in that they occurred when no one was home.
Law enforcement in Will County, Lake County, Schererville, St. John, Lowell and Manteno, Ill., have been in contact with his officers, Hein said.
Anyone with information on the residential burglaries is asked to call the Dyer Police Department Detective Bureau at (219) 865-1163.