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posted: 6/11/2010 12:01 AM

Carpentersville teen charged with stealing silver coins

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  • Peter J. Biancalana

    Peter J. Biancalana


A Carpentersville teenager is accused of stealing more than $1,600 in silver coins from his mother, selling them and using the cash to buy personal items for himself.

Peter J. Biancalana, 18, of the 100 block of Pecos Circle, was charged Wednesday with felony theft, police said.

On Monday, Biancalana stole the coins, then sold them at Northern Illinois Precious Metals in Elgin, police said.

A man who identified himself as the president of the corporation declined to comment on how much money the company gave Biancalana for the coins.

Police didn't have details about the coins themselves or on what Biancalana bought with the money.

The teenager was arrested Wednesday at his home.

Biancalana admitted during his Thursday morning bond hearing that he had been arrested as a juvenile for assaulting his mother and is now on probation for an aggravated battery charge against her.

Kane County Judge Bruce W. Lester set his bond at $15,000 and said he'd make it much higher if Biancalana gets into any more trouble with his mother.

Biancalana told the judge he is looking for somewhere else to live. He also said he would be able to post a $1,500 bond himself with money he has in his bank account.

His next court date is June 18 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Theft is a Class 3 felony that upon conviction carries a prison sentence ranging between two and five years.