Couple Nabbed in Plainfield Liquor Store Burglary: Police

A Joliet man and Romeoville woman teamed up for the Thanksgiving morning theft, police said.

Matthew Mulka. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Mulka. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A man and his girlfriend are facing felony charges after allegedly partnering to burglarize a Plainfield liquor store in the wee hours of Thanksgiving Day, police said.

Matthew R. Mulka, 30, of the 300 block of Woodside, Joliet, remained in jail Monday in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, knowingly damaging property and resisting an officer, according to jail records.

His girlfriend and alleged getaway driver, 33-year-old Erica L. Schillaci of the 500 block of Kensington in Romeoville, is also charged with burglary, police said.

Sgt. Mike Fisher said a Plainfield officer was driving past the Discount Liquors, 23145 Lincoln Highway in the Lily Cache Plaza, when he saw Mulka exiting the store at about 3:19 a.m.

Mulka is accused of smashing the glass door of the liquor store and stealing mainly cigarettes and some cash, Fisher said.

After a short foot chase, the officer caught up with Mulka near an auto body shop across the street from the liquor store. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle, Fisher said.

While apprehending Mulka, the officer noticed headlights turn on before a car peeled out of the liquor store parking lot. A backup officer made a traffic stop and arrested Schillaci, Fisher said.

Schillaci is also being held on $25,000 bail. Both she and Mulka were due in Will County court Monday afternoon.

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joe December 02, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I can understand the need for these two robbing copious amounts of alcoholic beverages in order to crawl into bed with each other for a sexual relationship. Also for you future drivers in performing a criminal act. Never turn on your get-a-way vehicles headlights on a dark night, then burn rubber so the Police can see you, and for sure hear you. Just something to think about when you commit your next crime.
Joel Craig December 02, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Nothing says love like deciding to rob a liquor store at 3am on Thanksgiving. Mama always said, stay away from those Romeoville girls...
TB Plfd December 03, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Good Job PPD


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