COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A pair of alleged burglars might not have known they were messing with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security detail when they decided to break in to cars parked at the "Command Center," according to a police report.
Edwin Torres and Maria Baez, both 31, were charged with burglary after prosecutors said they broke into a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of West Byron Street, in an area used by Emanuel's security detail, on Wednesday, prosecutors said.
A Chicago police officer stationed at the "Command Center," as it's referred to in a police report, allegedly heard noises coming from an alley about 5:30 p.m. Prosecutors said he went to investigate and saw Torres leaning into the open trunk of a city of Chicago vehicle.
The cop also saw Baez jump out of the back seat of his personal vehicle, prosecutors said. Baez ran into the cop as she tried to get away and knocked him into a wall.
The man and woman both escaped but were spotted later the same night in the 1900 block of West Irving Park Road, according to the police report.
Torres and Baez, both of the 4300 block of North Winchester Street, were charged with burglary. Baez was also charged with aggravated battery of a police officer for injuring the cop she allegedly ran into, according to the report.
A Cook County judge ordered Torres released from jail to await trial on house arrest. Baez's bail was set at $75,000.
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