Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake man charged with residential burglary, identity theft

Cassidy Villarreal, 30, of the zero to 100 block of South Oriole Trail, Crystal Lake
Cassidy Villarreal, 30, of the zero to 100 block of South Oriole Trail, Crystal Lake

A 30-year-old Crystal Lake man faces felony charges after police said he stole a woman’s gold jewelry and used her debit card to buy more than $400 worth of merchandise from stores in Crystal Lake and Woodstock.

Crystal Lake police arrested Cassidy Villarreal, of the zero to 100 block of South Oriole Trail, on Thursday on claims that he entered a woman’s home and vehicle to steal her debit card and other belongings, according to a criminal complaint.

Villarreal is accused of spending about $483 of the woman’s money at Walmart stores in Crystal Lake and Woodstock, as well as the Crystal Lake CVS and Walgreens, the complaint stated.

He remained at the McHenry County Jail on $80,000 bond Friday.

Villarreal is alleged to have made the purchases over the span of several days, beginning Dec. 21, the complaint stated. On that day, he entered a home in the 400 block of West Crystal Lake Avenue, where he’s accused of stealing a Bose speaker, gold diamond earrings and a gold pendant valued at less than $500, according to the complaint.

Villarreal also is accused of entering the woman’s vehicle. Crystal Lake police could not be reached for comment about whether Villarreal and the alleged victim knew each other.

Villarreal is expected to make a court appearance Tuesday on charges of residential burglary, theft, criminal trespass to a vehicle, aggravated identity theft and unlawful possession of a credit or debit card.

The most serious charge, residential burglary, typically carries a four- to 15-year penalty.

The McHenry County Public Defender’s Office has been appointed to represent Villarreal, but could not be reached for comment Friday.

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