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Teens Stole Car, Threw Rocks at Drivers, Broke into House: Police

The mini-crime spree was allegedly carried out Sunday afternoon by three suspects, ages 16 and 17, Joliet police said.

Eli Mills. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Eli Mills. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Three teens on a mini-crime spree Sunday stole a car, broke into a house and threw rocks at vehicles at Caton Farm and County Line roads, Joliet police said.


Eli Jones Mills, 17, of 2911 Reflection Drive, Plainfield; Christopher O. Oanea, 17, of Cypress, Texas; and a 16-year-old were arrested Sunday night after police pieced together their alleged criminal activities from earlier in the day, Joliet Capt. Tab Jensen said.

The initial call to police was at about 4:50 p.m. in reference to three teens blocking the Caton Farm/County Line intersection with barricades and pelting drivers with stones when they stopped to move them, Jensen said.

The three fled when police arrived, he said. Officers tracked the 16-year-old to a nearby vacant home in the 7200 block of Illusion after spotting a broken basement window, Jensen said.

The trio had apparently broken into the home earlier in the day, and moved a neighbor's patio furniture into the house so they would have something to sit on, he said.

Officers patrolling the area for the other suspects found two backpacks, one of which included Mills' name and address, Jensen said. They found Mills and Oanea at Mills' home on Reflection Drive, he said.

After interviewing them, police were able to link the three suspects to a car that had been stolen earlier in the day from a home in the 2400 block of Twin Fountain Court, Jensen said. The teens had been walking in the area looking for unlocked cars when they discovered a vehicle with the keys in the ignition and decided to take it for a ride, he said.

They ended up wrecking the car while doing "doughnuts" in the area of County Line Road and Pyramid Drive, Jensen said.

Mills was charged with burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to a residence, theft, resisting a peace officer, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Oanea was charged with burglary, vehicle theft conspiracy, criminal damage to property, theft and resisting a peace officer

The 16-year-old was charged with burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to residence and a curfew violation.

Mills and Oanea are being held in the Will County jail pending a bond hearing. The 16-year-old is being held in the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

The incident isn't the first report of rocks being thrown or barricades blocking vehicles on Caton Farm Road; in June, Plainfield-area residents reported being pelted with rocks in the same area.
Butch W December 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM
these kids are about to learn HUGE lesson, they probably wont have to pay back a nickel of the damage they have done but they have will from now on be blamed for everything that is damaged or stolen around them they are suddenly going to find many of their friends will no longer be allowed to be around them, and the shame they have brought to their families as everyone looks and their home as the home of THAT KID. Good news it that it sounds like things are going to quiet down a lot in that subdivision
Tina December 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Does everybody on here realize that they are talking about children? 17 & 16 are still kids- teenagers! Pumpkin Pie- What is your IQ? You leave your purse and Christmas presents in your car, but you want to talk about a child? Big Saw 1951- You seem so worried about "things". I think these teenagers are more important than stupid things. Nicole you criticize a young girl for standing up for her brother. I sure am glad you're not part of my family. All of these comments are purely disgusting.....grown adults talking about kids.
Tina December 04, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Also, where did you people grow up? Lala land? Teenagers sometimes do really stupid stuff. That's when they are supposed to do it, so they can learn. Also, some advise for all the geniuses....when cars and garages were getting broken into in my neighborhood a couple years ago (again a group of teenagers)...do you know what I did? I locked my car doors, kept them in my garage, AND closed my garage door.
Tina December 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Don't assume. Putting your son's needs first? Keeping him out late at night? Doesn't sound very responsible. Are you one of those parents of young children who know everything? Good luck with that. And I am not trying to blame you- just calling a duck a duck.
Tina December 04, 2013 at 07:48 PM
You don't. Everybody in this situation is supposed to be human and attacking teenagers doesn't make anything better. That is wrong. Not everything in life is ideal, but I'm more in favor of solution based ideas instead of pointing fingers and attacking other parents. Most parents do their best. A little goose/gander for you....how would you like adults attacking your children?
Tina December 04, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Like I said....one of those parents of young children who knows everything....Good luck with that:) lol
A December 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Tina- I don't know who you are, but you speak nothing but the truth! You seem to be the only person who is seeing things through other peoples eyes. You go girl!
Bad News Bears December 04, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Again, stupid teen stuff is not what these kids did. They acted like criminals and now they're being treated like criminals. And they're been doing it for awhile. If you don't want to be treated like a criminal, don't commit felonies. And if you want to feel sorry for someone, feel sorry for the people they've been victimizing for awhile now and will probably never see any monetary restitution
bigsaw1951 December 05, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Tina and A are related to these brats, they didn't do simple kids stuff they committed serious crimes. This stuff was going on every single night. Their goal was to walk the subdivision see how much they could steal, get their weed and cigarettes and then go to the park or someones house to play video games. We know kids that know these kids and they all talk. Now their just sorry they got caught but their not sorry for what they did. I don't give a rats ass about those kids other then the fact they need to do jail time and their parents need to be held accountable for their kids action. They stole $400.00 dollars from my daughter-in-laws car in less then 15 minutes. She drew out that money to give to a relative in need at work. She came back from the bank went in to change her clothes for work and 15 minutes later i pull up and her car was broken into and the purse and two pairs of sunglasses stolen. Its pretty bad when you can't run into your own home without the fear of who's breaking into my car. Not only that, Eli had the balls to walk in their garage on a Sunday afternoon and steal. My son was filling the tires on his kids bikes and he went into pee and came out and he was ripped off. Seriously Tina thats pathetic. Now i found out not only does this kid do drugs so does his parents. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. A and Tina there's no doubt you dummies are related not only to each other but to the crime family. You act like so what the big deal there kids, thats what kids do. Think not, not kids who were raised right. When you have no supervision and are out every night and don't have a job and like your weed this is what they resort to. Go tell you BS to someone who cares because i don't Pay back the money they stole and everything else they did to all the others then maybe i will listen until then, i could care less what you say.
bigsaw1951 December 05, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Doing kid things is toliet papering someones home, taking your parents car out, i said parents car not neighbors cars, setting off firecrackers, skipping school. You have your kid activity messed up Tina this is NOT what normal kids do. I have NO sympathy for them. They commit a crime against my family and i'm suppose to feel sorry for them. I don't think breaking in cars, breaking into homes stealing other peoples cars and wreaking them, barricading streets and when people get out to move the barricades they are pelted with rocks. They could have seriously hurt the young lady and broke her windshield. What planet are you from lady. You must have a problem too. They say birds of a feather flock together.
bigsaw1951 December 05, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Oh by the way did you see the Huge headlines in the Herald. "Teens go on CRIME spree". It didn't say teens just being teens. And that was just one crime spree, not counting all the ones they do everyday that they haven't been caught for.
bigsaw1951 December 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Read Truman Capotes book in "Cold Blood" two teenages murdered an entire family. Oh but wait they were just doing what all kids do. You are brainless!!!
Tina December 05, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Really Murder? Over react much? And stupid? Is it your rocket scientist daughter who leaves $ 400 in her car when she thinks there are cars getting robbed? Also, I am not saying it's ok. I am saying that all these commenters talking about kids and now criticizing me for my opinion are beyond ridiculous! Uptight much? And you want to criticize my parenting...lol. Maybe I try not to live in a glass house and worry about a lot more than "things and money". Also, fyi, I don't know your education level, but when you want to say "you are", it's not your, it's you're...
bigsaw1951 December 05, 2013 at 06:31 PM
You mention we shouldn't be afraid in life, so when you walk back into your house to take a pee if we shut the garage that would show fear of being robbed right moron. A person should be able to go into their home whether they leave money in their car or not for 10 minutes without the fear of being robbed. You shouldn't even be even commenting on this because frankly it doesn't have anything to do with you. It involves the people who have been victimized buy these brats.Once again you are trying to blame the victim for what these kids did, i don't care if we left $1,000 dollars in the car doesn't mean someone has the right to break into our car and rob it. I notice when stupid people have nothing smart to say they start correcting peoples grammar. Seriously did your mother have any kids who lived because your brain dead. Furthermore no one cares whether you think it's ok or not. Jump off lady this doesn't have nothing to do with you. My wish for you is someone breaks into your car, smashes into your home and steal everything you have. I will be the first one to stand up and say "Kids will be Kids"
Tina December 05, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Did I make somebody angry?? Ignorant people usually cannot tolerate when others don't agree with them. It doesn't surprise me you have such anger in you to wish such awful things on other people. And also,, closing your garage door is not being afraid, it's being smart. Ask your insurance company
bigsaw1951 December 05, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Oh and i'm not over reacting, the true story of In Cold Blood, they started out as petty thiefs doing small town crimes, that all kids do according to you Tina. It eventually ended in mass murder. Statistically kids who grow up in homes with no supervision, and are taught that crimes like robbing from people and stealing cars are normal kid things wind up in prison, then back on the streets to commit worse crimes.
joe December 05, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Tina, please refrain from having children. We don't need anymore idiots in the world. Reading your posts explains why the USA is 25th in the world in math and science. Try passing your GED prior to pontificating your asinine posts.
Tina December 05, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Well according to your father Pumpkin Pie, I am an idiot, so how would I know? lol. If I were in your situation, I would be talking to my insurance company, or is that why you stated that you didn't leave the keys in the car? Bigsaw, you are over reacting. I never read In Cold Blood, but my experience in life tells me something different. Kids do stupid stuff---different kinds. Ideally they learn from their mistakes. Who says they have no supervision? Again, 16 & 17 year olds need independence and cannot be supervised all the time. How will they learn to function as an independent person if mommy and daddy do everything for them? What do statistics say about that? Makes me think of that idiot in New Town....mommy did everything for him. I am a realist, but an optimistic one. And just because something is normal doesn't mean it is right. Hopefully all will work out for the best in this situation.
Tina December 05, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Get better insurance. And I will be the first to state that I do not know everything.....14 year olds do. And Tony, I would wager my IQ is substantially higher than yours so pound it :)
Bad News Bears December 05, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Tina, you are so wrong it's unbelievable. Blaming people for getting robbed? Believing committing felonies over and over is just " kids being kids", telling victims to just let the insurance companies pay everything back, and believing that parents of teens shouldn't or can't be aware of what their children are doing. Those teens ARE the responsibility of their parents and will likely be sued for restoration. Hopefully the parents do the right thing and pay everyone back and then make their children pay it back to them. The reason no one agrees with your " kids will be kids" theory is because your wrong. This is NOT normal teen mischief no matter how much you want to think it is. #SomePeopleShouldntProcreate
College Student December 06, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Excuse me Pumpkin Pie... Actually, your car was unlocked because why else would they have randomly picked your car.
Erica December 06, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I cannot believe that there are people excusing what these teens did. They should not only go to jail, their parents should be required to make restitution for all the damages. Why should insurance companies have to pay for the damages these criminals caused - that money will be passed down to the insured in the form of higher premiums. Before Tina and anyone else comes up with more excuses for their behavior you should know, I am the parent of two children, 19 and 16. I know where they are and who they are with at all times. I know their friends and I know their friends' parents. They are both independent thinking, law-abiding citizens who have NEVER caused criminal damage to property. I am also the owner of a car which does not always fit in my garage. I have been guilty of forgetting my purse in my car in my haste to get into the house and on occasion I have also left my car door unlocked. I should not have to be concerned that someone failed to parent their children and teach them right from wrong. If you believe this is normal teen mischief, I pity you because in 10 years you will be visiting your children at Stateville.
bigsaw1951 December 06, 2013 at 02:22 AM
well said Erica!
Tina December 06, 2013 at 08:43 AM
I never said what these kids did was right. Obviously you missed the earliest posts where adults were talking about conceal and carry and implying threats towards kids. Other adults were attacking family members. I will empathize with a kid who does something stupid before I empathize with adults who attack kids. And again, I hope this works out the best it can for all those effected.
Tom December 06, 2013 at 10:25 AM
I had the pleasure of heading out to the car on Thanksgiving morning to find my car had been broken into sometime between midnight and 6:00 am. Besides stealing the loose change and a few things of actual value, the criminals sat in the car smoking to warm themselves for a little while. How do I know? They flicked cigarette ashes on the front and back seats. They hocked loogies on the dashboard. They even had the cahonies to drop a full, lit cigarette on the floor of the car, leaving a large burn mark in the carpet. I got to spend Thanksgiving morning trying to clean out the car and vacuuming the upholstery. Two weeks later it still reeks of smoke. If you care, Newport was the brand of choice. It will cost $140 to get it 'express detailed', far below the deductable for any insurance claim so it comes out of MY pocket, not the insurance company. In addition to just breaking the law, they are also showing they have absolutely no respect for anyone. Obviously this is an ongoing problem. I have spoken with several fathers in the neighborhood and they agree there is no way to determine age or intent in the middle of the night, so there will be no hesitation to protect our families and property as necessary. If we happen to come across someone in or on our property at night, we will not be waiting for police. If anyone knows someone that thinks it's ok to continue breaking into peoples cars or homes, please let them know that the informed neighborhood is prepared for action.
Pumpkin pie December 06, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Idk "swag"... You tell me. Or should we call you "A"?!
College Student December 06, 2013 at 04:48 PM
"A"? What is this Pretty Little Liars? I was just making a point cause how would teenage boys know how to break into a car? It must have been unlocked.
Bad News Bears December 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Tina, saying this was just kids being kids is defending them. And when kids wander the streets committing crimes over and over, the parents will get blamed. That's life. Parents ARE responsible for their kids. Ifyou don't believe that your either a kid yourself or an irresponsible parent. Those parents should be paying the victims back and making their kids life a living hell. If they don't, they've failed as parents.
Nicole December 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Tina your a poor excuse for a women for making excuses for these fools and blaming people that were victimized your logic is completely messed up. If that was my brother( thank god it's not) I would hold him 100 percent accountable for his actions becauae making excuses for him isn't gonna do anything for him. I pray your not a parent some people don't deserve to reproduce in this world. Again, ignorance is bliss apparently brain cells are a luxury on the south side of Plainfield.... I will personally plaster these kids pictures all over social media if I see there mugshots again on Illinois Deparment of Corrections only for the reason Tina is obnoxious and you would of been better off keeping your mouth shut....I hope someone robs you for the 2 pennies your worth and makes you there bitch...Scumbags
Tom January 01, 2014 at 02:53 PM
It’s been a while since I caught up on these comments so I thought I’d see how things ended up. Interestingly, there was a clear consensus that the kids were wrong, and that it is not acceptable to dismiss such behavior as kids just being kids. These comments have been directed at the three kids responsible and their respective parents. The comments are directed at the specific people involved with the actions. My previous posts support I fully agree that the young men and their parents should be held accountable for the damages they have caused. But now something far more unsettling has risen. Nicole, a strong voice against these specific individuals, has stated “apparently brain cells are a luxury on the south side of Plainfield”. Nicole’s statement is more ignorant than the actions of the three young men. Rather than directing anger at a guilty party, she is making a blanket insult without identifying a specific reason. I’m curious Nicole, what is it about the South Side that you find so scary? We have a golf course…are you offended by golfers? Do you hate the largest water park in Plainfield in Springbank? I thought perhaps the square footage of the homes may be your concern, but I drove through downtown, up and down Route 30 and out Rt 59 towards Pheasant Chase and noticed very nice but modest sized homes, including duplexes and apartment buildings very similar to homes in my subdivision. Are you a Naperville wannabe, or an alumnus from Plainfield Central HS, just bitter because you despise any expansion beyond the Village Green? That wouldn’t make sense though because the Village Green is one of the least safe areas of Plainfield http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/plainfield/crime/ Perhaps it’s that you’re a small-minded bigot that doesn’t like the racial and cultural diversity on the South Side? Sit in the parking lot after school at Plainfield South sometime and you’ll see White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, gay and straight kids all walking together, laughing, holding hands and being friends. It’s heartwarming to see young people that are so accepting and understanding of one another. I think it’s a sign of hope that today’s kids are growing up much more tolerant and understanding than some ‘adults’ nowadays. Is that what you don’t like about the south side? I can’t believe that’s your concern, because that would make you a racist idiot. I have lived in Plainfield over 25 years, well before the tornado and the rapid expansion that followed. I am well aware of much of the recent and former history of Plainfield. I have lived on the north side, downtown, and now on the south side for the last 14 years. I love Plainfield and am happy I have the opportunity to raise my family in such a wonderful community. Here in my subdivision please are walking by and stop to say hello, much like it probably was back when people were enjoying a day at Electric Park. I couldn’t be happier with the neighborhood, Plainfield schools and community we live in. Check the news – the south side doesn’t have exclusive access to troubles. Check the Patch from 12/31. Plainfield is a great place to live. Hopefully I’m overanalyzed your comment and you’re actually a wonderful person. I look forward to reading your inevitable reply to find out.

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