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Kitchen fire leads to meth arrest in Mundelein

Apolinario D. Lecaroz, 61, of Mundelein.

Cops arrested a 61-year-old man after a kitchen fire led them to 41 grams of meth and other drug paraphernalia earlier this month at a Mundelein home.

The Mundelein Police Department was called on November 12 around 2 a.m. to a home in the 1000 block of Thomas Boulevard for a report of a 911 hang up call.

Police officers arrived and met with the residents of the home who said that there was a kitchen fire which was extinguished before police arrived. The Mundelein Fire Department was called to check the scene and make sure there were no safety issues, police said.

“It was determined the fire was started during possible illegal activity,” the Mundelein Police Department said. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched, which resulted in authorities finding 41 grams of meth, several glass smoking pipes, small plastic bag packaging material and digital scales.

Apolinario D. Lecaroz, 61, who resided at the home, was arrested and charged with methamphetamine delivery between 15 and 100 grams, possession of methamphetamine between 15 and 100 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lecaroz remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on December 5.

Sam Borcia

Senior News Editor at Lake & McHenry County Scanner
Sam has been with Lake and McHenry County Scanner since 2012 as a senior news editor helping cover breaking news for Lake County and McHenry County. He also regularly contributes photographs of news scenes for the Lake County area.
Sam Borcia

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