South Elgin man pleads guilty to burglaries in St. Charles, Geneva

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 10:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 6:44 a.m. CDT

A 25-year-old man accused last year of burglarizing vehicles in St. Charles Township and Geneva has pleaded guilty to burglary in each case, according to Kane County court records.

Along with a Schaumburg woman, Christopher Mentenick of South Elgin was charged with four felony counts after authorities linked them to eight car burglaries in St. Charles Township in August 2013.

They entered unlocked vehicles and stole small electronic items and credit cards, some of which were used to buy items that later were pawned for cash, police have said.

The pair faced 12 additional charges – including nine counts of felony burglary – after police connected them to the same crime in Geneva.

Records show Mentenick pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in each case last week while the other charges were dismissed.

In the St. Charles Township case, Mentenick was sentenced to 42 months in the Department of Corrections but will receive credit for time served since Aug. 13, according to records.

His sentence in the Geneva case includes 24 months of intensive probation and 130 hours of public service, records show. Records also indicate he must pay $3,506 in restitution.

The woman, 19-year-old Rebecca Olson, was accepted into Kane County’s deferred prosecution program last month. She must complete 140 hours of community service and pay $3,506 in restitution, records show.

She is expected in court in July 2015 for a deferred prosecution hearing.

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