Pilsen man charged in church donation-box burglaries

| August 14, 2010

A Pilsen man with several prior burglary convictions is in jail this weekend after police identified him as a suspect in thefts this spring from two West Side churches' donation boxes — one while a priest was saying Mass.

Ruben Pavon Jr., 47, faces three counts of burglary of a place of worship in connection with one theft from a donation box at a Catholic church in the 800 block of West Roosevelt Road and two thefts at a Catholic church in the 1900 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to police.

Pavon is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail after appearing in Cook County Bond Court on Friday, according to court records. Pavon was convicted of burglaries in 1988, 1992 and 1994, and has been arrested on several other theft, burglary and criminal trespass charges over the years, according to court records.

The recent series of church thefts began on April 10 as a priest at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Roosevelt Road said Mass, according to a police report. As the priest said Mass, he saw a man later identified as Pavon kneeling next to a collection box; when the priest went to check the collection box soon after, he saw it apparently had been opened and all the money removed, according to police.

On April 26, video surveillance caught Pavon prying open a collection box at St. Pius V Catholic Church on Ashland Avenue, according to a police report. Then on May 1, a priest saw Pavon use a bolt cutter to cut a lock off a donation box and recognized him as the man who had stolen the money the previous week, the priest told police.

During their investigation, Harrison Area detectives showed a photograph of the suspect in the burglaries to officers on the Monroe District robbery-burglary team; the officers recognized him and told detectives where he could be found.

Pavon was arrested on Thursday about 1 p.m. at his home, according to police. He appeared before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Jackie Marie Portman on Friday, and had his bail set; he is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday at 9 a.m., according to court records.



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