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Crime bytes: Teen murder for hire, wife stabbing death, jewel heist arrest

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Criminal inmates would be wise to spend their time planning their rehabilitation as opposed to plotting revenge. Once again, a Cook County jail inmate is charged with a murder for hire scheme.




Juan Vanga, 17, of the 10000 block of S. Avenue L, Chicago, was arrested on a burglary charge four weeks ago, according to a Cook County Sheriff's Department spokesman.




The department's internal investigation unit at the jail got word Vanga was looking to hire someone to kill a witness in his case.


An undercover officer posed as a potential hit man. He claims that during conversations with Vanga, he was offered $1500 to carry out the murder.



Vanga is now charged with solicitation of murder for hire and the sheriff's department says he will be moved from his former accommodations in the minimum/medium security division into maximum security.



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 and Cheap shot: cop allegedly offered $1000 for wife's murder



Bond is set at $10 million for a Des Plaines man charged in the murder of his wife on Monday, Valentine's Day.



Heriberto Ramirez, 48, of the 400 block of W. Touhy, allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times during an argument in the pre-dawn hours.



Cook County Sheriff’s police arrived at the home at 5:30 a.m. after they say the couple’s 9-year-old daughter made a frantic 911 call.


Police say they had responded to the home two times in the past for reports of loud verbal arguments.



Naperville police today announced the arrest of a suspect in the theft of $600,000 worth of jewelry from a hotel parking lot last October.


Harold Guzman, 51, of the 2300 block of Clinton Ave., Berwyn, is accused of targeting a traveling jewelry salesman.



He somehow knew the man was transporting the jewelry and police say he followed him to a Naperville hotel near Route 59 and Diehl Rd. on Oct. 28.

 The salesman left the jewelry in the locked trunk of his car. Police say Guzman broke into the trunk and snatched the jewelry.



Naperville police worked with several local and federal law enforcement agencies to track down Guzman, including the FBI, DEA, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and the U.S. Marshals Service.


Chicago police have revised the description of an SUV sought in connections with a hit and run accident near Monroe and State Streets on Feb. 8, at 7:15 p.m.


Originally, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4-door was described as white. Police now say the SUV is olive and tan.

Two people were seriously injured in the accident. Witnesses say the driver did not stop and sped away south on State after hitting the victims.





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