Bond set in Elgin home burglary

  • Salvador Sarabia

    Salvador Sarabia

  • Fidel Romero

    Fidel Romero


Bond was set Wednesday for two men charged with residential burglary, in a case in which police said they spotted the pair leaving an Elgin home with a TV and other items.

A teen who was home at the time of the burglary on Monday hid in the basement and called police while the men were still inside the home, authorities said.

Police arrested Fidel Romero, 27, and Salvador Sarabia, 28, Monday morning as they left the home carrying a flat-screen TV and other items, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Walsh said Wednesday.

Judge Kay Hanlon set Romero's bail at $75,000 and Sarabia's bail at $100,000. Prosecutors said that Sarabia also has an immigration hold and will therefore remain in custody.

Both men have criminal records. Sarabia, of Elgin, was sentenced to three years in prison on burglary convictions in 2003 and 2006, in addition to drug-related convictions, Walsh said. Because of his burglary convictions, Sarabia's charges are classified as class X, meaning he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison if convicted, Walsh said.

Romero, of Rockford, has been sentenced to Cook County jail multiple times since 2002 on charges ranging from misdemeanor retail theft, to criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended or revoked.

The men next appear in a Rolling Meadows courtroom on July 21.


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